Early Childhood Education: AAS to BIS

The Early Childhood Associate Degree to Bachelor of Individualized Studies 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.

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Transferable Associate
Application Timeline

Who is Eligible?
  • VCCS graduates with an AAS degree in Early Childhood
  • Students who want to become early childhood teachers in VA (PK-3)
  • Students who need an online program
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  • Applications are accepted February 10, 2024 through July 1, 2024.
  • Priority deadline is April 1, 2024.
B.I.S. Coordinator
Field Experiences
  • Typically in a public school PK-3rd grade classroom
  • Work experience in childcare settings may count for one of the field experience requirements
  • Student teach the final semester must be 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
  • Passing scores on the following assessments are required for degree and licensure
    • Praxis Core Math or ALEKS and Virginia Communicator Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
    • Praxis Elementary Subject Test
    • Praxis: Teaching Reading 5205 (This test replaces the RVE test)

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