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This program is a Bachelor's of Individualized Study with a concentration in Special Education, both general curriculum and adapted curriculum and is designed for students who have earned their Associate's Degree and are working as instructional assistants. 

Completers of this program earn a four-year degree and are eligible for a Virginia teaching license in both K-12 and Special Education endorsement areas. 

See the instructions below for students applying for the 2023 fall semester! 

Who is Eligible?
  • Students with a Transferable Associate's Degree from a VCCS
  • Students who want to become special education teachers in VA (K-12)
  • Students who need an online program and are working as instructional assistants in K-12 schools
Field Experiences
  • Typically in a public school K-12 grade classroom
  • Student teach the final semesters in a public school K-12 grade classroom
Degree & Licensure
  • About 60 credit hours at JMU plus your AA degree will meet the 120 credit hours required for a 4-year degree
  • For teacher licensure in VA & program completion passing scores on the following assessments are required:
    • ALEKS Math Assessment at JMU
    • Virginia Communication Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
    • Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary 
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