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The SPED 5 Yr program is no longer available to incoming freshmen and sophomores beginning in the academic year 2019-22. 
If you are interested in SPED please see the SPED 4 year BS

Accessing the General and/or Adapted Curriculum

Students accepted into the 5-year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program complete course work leading to initial licensure in K-12 Special Education.

The General Curriculum program is designed to prepare students to work collaboratively while supporting K-12 students with disabilities to experience success in the general education setting.

The Adapted Curriculum program is designed to prepare students to work with students with moderate and severe disabilities who are participating in the Adapted Curriculum across a variety of settings.

Rigorous coursework and high expectations enable teacher candidates to be fully prepared to work with this diverse population of students.  During their programs the teacher candidates will work in elementary, middle and high school placements in general education classrooms, resource rooms and/or adapted classrooms.  Teacher candidates can have placements within the six surrounding school districts which provides them with diverse teaching experiences.

Students can major in any liberal arts discipline but the IDLS major was designed to partner with education programs.

  • The 5th year M.A.T. program is only open to applicants who have successfully completed the JMU undergraduate degree with any liberal arts major and SPED minor. If you have graduated from another institution, you may want to consider the Special Education K-12 M.A.T. program.


  • Successful completion of JMU undergraduate degree with a liberal arts major and SPED minor; and
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better.
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