Application Requirements

Application Deadline

Priority review of applications begins March 1 for *K-12 and *Early Childhood Special Education. Completed applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the fall semester.

*Prerequisite courses as determined by the graduate program director should be taken in the summer prior to fall start date.

Visual Impairments accepts applications on a rolling basis. Completed applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.

Program Begins

K-12 - Fall

ECSE – Fall

Visual Impairments – Fall, Spring, Summer

International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation

Test Requirements

Pass Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

Pass Praxis I math or submit SAT/ACT scores that would waive Praxis I math

Required Electronically
  • Application
  • Application fee

Transcripts of all previous academic work at the undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) level. 
Applicants must upload unofficial copies of their transcripts and if admitted, all transcripts will be verified by the Graduate School. Applicants who previously attended James Madison University still need to upload an unofficial transcript, but do not need to provide official transcripts for verification.

Required by Program
  • Professional resume
  • Two-to-three page written statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (one from an individual who can speak of your potential as a graduate student and another who can comment on your professional dispositions.)
  • Teacher candidates must also apply for, and be admitted toTeacher Education at JMU.


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