Education Majors & Teacher Licensure

Want to teach at the early childhood, elementary, middle or secondary level? How about special education? James Madison University has developed programs especially for you. Each of these majors leads to a Bachelor of Science that has been specially designed by the College of Education and campus partners to meet a vital nationwide need for trained, committed teachers.

To ensure that you gain the skills needed for this challenging profession, these majors may require additional content, such as a second major, a minor, or an area of emphasis. Keep in mind that admission to a teacher licensure preparation program is not automatic, you must apply and meet program admission requirements. Please see https://www.jmu.edu/coe/academics.shtml for details. Your academic advisor will provide you with more information at Springboard.

ALEKS Assessment: JMU uses the ALEKS assessment system for first year students to place them into the math course that matches their incoming knowledge level; additionally, one of the requirements for teacher education is a score ≥ 46 on ALEKS to meet the Math Assessment requirement – see https://www.jmu.edu/coe/esc/_files/application-requirements.pdf. This requirement is not to place students in a math class, rather it indicates that students have met basic math requirements to be accepted into the teacher education program.  If a candidate does not meet the score requirement, there will be additional ways to meet the requirement, but ALEKS is a no-cost option to meeting this requirement. Please study for the ALEKS and use the learning modules when retaking the test to be successful!  For more information or questions regarding ALEKS as a requirement for teacher education, please contact teacher-ed@jmu.edu.

View 1st semester Enrollment Worksheets by Program

B.S. in Elementary (Pre-K-6) Education 
Drawn from research and theories in child development, teaching, and learning, the course work and field experiences prepare teacher candidates to employ an cross disciplinary approach to instruction that reflects an understanding of the diverse nature of learners and their families.

B.S. in Inclusive Early Childhood Education
The inclusive early childhood program draws heavily from research and theories in child development, family systems, special education, differentiated teaching and learning. Through course work and extensive field experiences, the teacher candidate is prepared to design activities that have an interdisciplinary focus, reflect an understanding of the individual child's development and learning, recognize the importance of family and developmental influences, support the young child in constructing knowledge about self and the world, and involve parents in supporting the child's growth and development. 

B.S. in Special Education 
This major is open to students interested in pursuing a career in the field of special education. The Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to become special education teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade. Special Education teacher candidates pursuing licensure in both General Curriculum Special Education and Adapted Curriculum Special Education.

B.S. in Middle Grades Education (see content areas below)
The Middle Grades Education Bachelor of Science program prepares teacher candidates to teach in at least one of four content areas in grades six through eight. Through content area and education coursework, and multiple field experiences, teacher candidates learn and hone skills that enable them to become successful middle school classroom teachers or pursue other career related pathways.

Select your teaching content area below for enrollment guidance:

B.S. in Secondary Education (see content areas below)
The Secondary Education Bachelor of Science program prepares teacher candidates to teach in one of eight content areas in grades six through 12. Teacher candidates will double major in Secondary Education and their content area major. Through extensive content area and education coursework, and multiple field experiences, teacher candidates learn and hone skills that enable them to become successful middle or high school classroom teachers or pursue other career related pathways. 

Select your desired teaching content area/second major below for enrollment guidance: 

Back to Top