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EXED Non-Teaching Minor

The EFEX Department offers an 18-hour undergraduate minor in exceptional education.  The undergraduate minor is designed for students who wish to acquire professional knowledge related to working with individuals with exceptionalities but who do not want to pursue teacher licensure in special education. The undergraduate non-teaching minor is designed for students from programs outside of EXED (Communication Sciences Disorders, Psychology, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Social Work, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, etc.).  The minor is not an endorsement or license for working with special education students.

See program requirements below and/or contact the advisor for more information.

Advising Requirements:

√  Students wishing to add the exceptional education minor must complete a 2-module online process consisting of a Program Plan (to develop an approved program of study) and a Student Information Sheet.

    »    Modules can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

√  Once the modules have been completed, EFEX will be notified and will complete your Declaration and forward to the Registrar for processing. 

√  The minor must be declared no later than the end of the first semester of a student’s Junior Year.

√  Students are encouraged to meet yearly with the minor advisor.

Program Requirements:

√  A total of 18 credits must be completed from the courses listed below.  Twelve (12) credit hours of coursework are required while the other 6 consist of elective courses.  Some electives are open to everyone, while others are only open to those who are IDLS majors and teaching minors.  Please do not confuse the two

√  Students must earn a “C” or better in courses for credits to count towards the minor (grades of “C-” and below do not count). 

EXED 200 is a pre-requisite to all other minor courses except EXED 440, and therefore, must be taken before any other courses

              Courses taken out of sequence without permission from the advisor may not be approved for use toward the minor.

√  All courses MUST be completed by the end of the Spring Semester of the Senior year in order to graduate on time with the minor.

REQUIRED COURSES

OFFERED

EXED 200 - Foundations of Exceptional Education - 3
(Pre-requisite for all EXED courses. It is offered online in the Summer)

Fall/Spring/Summer

EXED 440 - Classroom Management & Professional Collaboration - 3

Fall/Spring/Summer

Complete only 2 of the following Survey Courses

TYPICALLY OFFERED

EXED 310 - Survey of Emotional Disturbance - 3

Fall/Spring

EXED 320 - Survey of Learning Disabilities - 3

Fall/Spring

EXED 330 - Survey of Intellectual Disabilities - 3

Fall/Spring

EXED 375 - Overview Study of Autism Spectrum Disorders - 3
(Permitted only if NOT enrolling in the Autism series (EXED 416, 417, 418)

Survey Courses may not be taken in the place of Electives.

Fall/Spring/Summer

ELECTIVE COURSES

(A minimum of 6 credit hours must be completed). Only the courses
below may count toward elective credit.
Additional characteristics courses (from previous list) may not be
used for elective credit.
TYPICALLY OFFERED
EXED 300 - Educational Technology for Students with Disabilities - 1 Spring
EXED 441 - Functional Applicability of Low Tech Assistive Technology - 2 Varies
EXED 306 - Lifespan Issues for Individuals with Disabilities - 3 Varies
EXED 401 - Issues in Exceptional Education - 1-3 Varies
TESL 426 - Concepts in First and Second Language Acquisition - 3 Spring
EXED 465 - Perspectives of Early Childhood Special Education - 3 Varies
Autism Certificate: EXED 416 - 3, EXED 417 - 3, EXED 418 - 3 (must complete all three in sequential order. It is NOT necessary to complete other electives.)  [Permitted if not enrolling in EXED 375] 416-417 Fall
418 Spring
Independent Study:  EXED 490 Special Topics - 1-3 (Independent studies must be approved and supervised by individual faculty.) Varies

 ELECTIVE COURSES OFFERED VIA OTHER DEPARTMENTS

CSD 420 - Introduction to Sign Language - 3 Contact Department
CSD 421 - Sign Language II - 3 (Pre-requisite is CSD 420) Contact Department

KIN 313 - Adapted Physical Education - 3 (KIN Majors only; Must
take KIN 310 as a co-requisite)

Contact Department
Contact Information
Advisor:

Dr. Laura Desportes
desporlx@jmu.edu



BEGIN THE PROCESS TO DECLARE THIS MINOR? 

  • Click Here:

                    http://jmu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2ukLSsgjguxtsk5

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AFTER COMPLETING THE SURVEY CANVAS WILL LAUNCH.  SIGN IN USING YOUR EID/PASSWORD TO BEGIN DECLARATION PROCESS.

Complete the Module in Canvas (consists of 1 short video and 2 forms to be completed). 

    • Watch video in Mod 1, Download Program Plan, complete and upload back into Canvas and then Submit Plan; and
    • Download the Student Information Sheet, complete and upload back into Canvas and then Submit Sheet.
When you download the forms note where they are placed (usually in download folder on your computer) for ease of locating so you can complete the forms.
These 2 documents must be uploaded and submitted back into Canvas so that EFEX receives notification of your interest in declaring the minor.



  • EFEX will receive notification and will complete your Declaration and submit to the Registrar's Office. 
  • This process could take a week or more, depending on how busy the Registrar is. 
  • Make sure to check MyMadison after 5-7 days to see if Declaration has been processed.  Once this has been done you can begin enrolling in the minor courses.
There will not be a required meeting with the advisor but the advisor is always available for questions and/or concerns and to provide support as needed.