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Undergraduate EXED Minor in Exceptional Education

The undergraduate EXED minor is designed for students in programs outside of the Educational Foundations & Exceptionalities Department (e.g. Communication Sciences Disorders, Psychology, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Social Work, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, etc.) who desire to learn more about persons with disabilities. 

The minor is not an endorsement or license for working with special education students.

It is highly recommended to start the minor prior to Spring of your Junior year in order to have time to complete the requirements.


As you may be aware, the Exceptional Education (EXED) minor was recently discontinued. We realize there was minimal advanced warning for students who were at JMU prior to this fall that this minor would be ending, and we have recently had some sophomore and junior students ask about it. Because of the timing of the discontinuation, the College of Education has graciously agreed to re-open the minor declaration portal for a very short time to allow eligible students only to declare the minor. Interested students must do so within the timeframe specified below. After this date, no additional students will be allowed to declare this minor. We are asking that you let your students know of this opportunity.


Who is eligible: Students who entered JMU prior to the summer/fall 2022 (i.e. spring 2022 or before) are eligible. Students who entered JMU for summer or fall 2022 (transfer or first year students) are not eligible for this minor.

Deadline for declaration: Interested students must declare the minor through MyMadison by Dec 9, 2022.

Completion deadline: Students must complete the minor by the end of the spring semester 2025.


If you are declaring this minor you will need to Download, Complete and Return via email the below Student Information Sheet and tentative Program Plan. If all is in order your pending Declaration will be approved and this will put you officially in the minor.

Email to:  ward3sp@jmu.edu

Student Information Sheet and Program Plan


NOTE:  You will still have to declare the minor in the student center.

Directions from JMU on how to declare the minor. You will find on this page the “Minor Snapshots” page which includes requirements for your desired program, and explicit directions for how to actually declare the minor through MyMadison. There are also several video tutorials for current students (under the segment that says “Current Students”) for how to declare a minor:



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