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Early Childhood Education: AAS to BIS

The Early Childhood Associate Degree to Bachelor of Individualized Study is designed for students who have earned their Associate Degree in Early Childhood from a Virginia Community College. Completers of this program earn a four year degree and are eligible for a Virginia teaching license in PK-3rd Grades.

More information on the AAS to BIS online program can be found through the following Canvas site:

https://canvas.jmu.edu/courses/1575508

Have Questions? Contact:
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Dr. Holly McCartney
Program Coordinator
mccarthb@jmu.edu 
Who is Eligible?
  • VCCS graduates with an AAS degree in Early Childhood
  • VCCS graduates who have passed VCLA and Praxis Core Math before starting the program
  • Those who want to become early childhood teachers in VA (PK-3)
  • Students who need an online program and
  • Students who need the flexibility to attend full or part-time
Field Experiences
  • Typically in a public school PK-3rd grade classroom
  • Work experience in childcare settings may count for some of the field experience requirements
  • Student teach the final semester in a public school PK-3rd grade classroom
Degree & Licensure
  • About 60 credit hours at JMU plus your AAS degree will meet the 120 credit hours required for a 4-year degree
  • For teacher licensure in VA
    • Praxis Core Math and Virginia Communicator Literacy Assessment (VCLA)-passing scores required for admission
    • Praxis Elementary Subject Test-taken during the JMU program
    • Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE)-taken during the JMU program

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