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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 Associates 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 Special Education endorsement areas.


FOR 2022 SUMMER ENROLLMENT - use this link for non-degree seeking students to enroll.


"Apply as a Non-Degree Seeking Student" here


During the summer courses PCE will help you to enroll in the BIS Program.




The instructions in the video below are only for students applying for the 2023 summer semester! 

Who is Eligible?
  • Students with an AA degree from a VCCS
  • Students who have passed VCLA and Praxis Core Math before starting the program
  • 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 semester 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)
    • Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE)
Information Links
Practicum Information

Emergency Contact Form

Student Profile Form

SPED BIS ###, ### and ### Midterm-Final Eval

Practicum Observation Form




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