Concentrations: For Inclusive Early Childhood (preK-3 and birth-5 special education) Elementary (preK-6), Middle (6-8) and Special Education* licensure

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

NOTE: The word "AND" between VCCS course numbers indicate JMU credit will be awarded for the completion of the VCCS sequence.

JMU Course: WRTC 103, Critical Reading and Writing

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 112 (see note)
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 101
  • NOTE: ENG 111 is the prerequisite for ENG 112, and transfers as WRTC 100.

JMU Course: SCOM 121, 122, or 123, Fundamental Human Communication

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 100 or CST 105 or CST 110 or CST 115
  • RBC equivalents: SPCH 101 or 201

JMU Course: ENG 235, 236, 247, 248, 239, or 260 (see note)

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 241 or ENG 242 or ENG 243 or ENG 244 or ENG 245 or ENG 246 or ENG 251 or ENG 252 or ENG 253 or ENG 255 or ENG 257
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 202, 203, 204, 205, or 206
  • NOTE: See English major guide for course titles.

JMU Course: HIST 101, World History to 1500 and HIST 102, World History Since 1500 (see note)

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 111, 112
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Middle Education requires only HIST 102 (HIS 112)

JMU Course: HIST 225, U.S. History

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 121 and 122
  • RBC equivalents: HIST 201 and 202
  • NOTE: Middle Education requires either HIST 225 or POSC 225

JMU Course: POSC 225, U.S. Government

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 130 or PLS 135 or PLS 211
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 201
  • NOTE: Middle Education requires either POSC 225 or HIST 225

JMU Course: ECON 200, Introduction to Macroeconomics or ECON 201, Introduction to Microeconomics

  • VCCS equivalents: ECO 201 or ECO 202
  • RBC equivalents: ECON 201 or 202
  • NOTE: Middle Education requires ECON 200 (VCCS - ECO 201; RBC - ECON 201)

JMU Course: GEOG 200, Geography: The Global Dimension or GEOG 280, Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape

  • VCCS equivalents: GEO 210 or GEO 220 or GEO 221 or GEO 222
  • RBC equivalents: GEO 103
  • NOTE: Not required for Middle Education

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Required for admission to the College of Education.

JMU Course: HTH 100, Personal Wellness

  • VCCS equivalents: HLT 110 or HLT 116 or HLT 160
  • RBC equivalents: HLTH 225 or PE 109 or 117

JMU Course: MATH

  • VCCS equivalents: See note.
  • RBC equivalents: See note.
  • NOTE: See the VCCS or RBC transfer guides for options. See notes 2 and 3 below for more specifics.

JMU Course: ISCI 171, Earth and Planetary Science for Teachers

  • VCCS equivalents: GOL 105 or GOL 106 or GOL 110 or BIO 107 or ENV 121
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: ISCI 172, Physical Science for Teachers

  • VCCS equivalents: CHM 101 or CHM 110 or CHM 111 or ENV 220 or PHY 100 or PHY 101 or PHY 121 or PHY 201
  • RBC equivalents: CHEM 101, 101L

JMU Course: ISCI 173, Life and Environmental Science for Teachers

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 101 or BIO 105 or BIO 106 or BIO 145
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 101, 101L

JMU Course: ISCI 104, Scientific Perspectives

  • VCCS equivalents:
  • RBC equivalents:
  • NOTE: Credit is given for 104 (1-credit lab) through the above science courses except for CHM 110.

JMU Course: EDUC 300, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for admission to the College of Education

JMU Course: EXED 200, Nature of Disabilities

  • VCCS equivalents: CHD 210
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for Inclusive Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. Students must major in IdLS and complete a pre-professional education program in inclusive early childhood, elementary, middle or special[1] education in order to meet licensure requirements. Middle education has slightly different requirements; check course notes above.
2. There are three math courses that IdLS majors must take at JMU (no VCCS or RBC equivalents): MATH 107, 108 and 207, Fundamentals of Mathematics I-II-III. Students must test into MATH 107 via JMU's Math Placement Exam once they are admitted. A transferable math course is required for admission to JMU and to the College of Education. A strong background in math up through Algebra II (which should include geometry) as well as quantitative reasoning, basic computational skills, and number sense will help students be successful in math at JMU. 
3. Students interested in the Mathematics concentrations and Algebra I endorsement may take the equivalent of MATH 135 (MTH 166 or 168 in the VCCS and MATH 117 at RBC).
4. Students who transfer without a transferable associate degree may have to take additional courses to complete JMU's general education requirements. 

*IdLS is the recommended major for special education, but students may choose a different major in consultation with their advisor.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Early, Elementary and Reading Education
Middle Education
Exceptional Education
Admission to Teacher Education
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Advising guides by community college

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