Our department has worked with the Virginia Department of Education to establish an approved program for JMU graduates with the IdLS major, education minor, and mathematics concentration to become endorsed  to teach Algebra I in addition to their initial licensure area.

Any Student who is interested in the Algebra I Add-on (AAO) will need to have credit (either by taking the course at JMU or by transfer credit) for the following courses:

MATH 107, MATH 108, MATH 207
MATH 304, MATH 305, MATH 306, MATH 307
MATH 135

In addition the following grade requirements must be met:

  • C- or better in each of the above courses, or in a course which substitutes for one of the above courses (This requirement is applicable to all of the above courses taken Spring 2013 and thereafter.)
  • 2.75 or better cumulative GPA for all the math courses that are required for the AAO. (This requirement is applicable beginning Summer 2013.)


Comparable courses to MATH 135 (Elementary Functions - Algebra with Trigonometry) may be taken at other schools and the credits transferred to JMU. If a student exercises this option, he/she must seek prior approval from Dr. David Carothers that the course will transfer to JMU to fulfill the MATH 135 requirement.

MATH 235 at JMU, including transfer credit for MATH 235, will satisfy the trigonometry requirement.

The MATH 135 requirement can be waived by a sufficient score on the Math Placement Test (MPT). A student will need to contact the Mathematics & Statistics department office at 568-6408 for score verification. The MPT is taken the summer before freshman year or when entering JMU as a transfer.

Any student using the MPT to satisfy the trigonometry requirement will need to complete a Course Substitution/Course Waiver Form. The Mathematics and Statistics Department will verify and sign the course waiver for the trigonometry requirement.

When a student meeting the above requirements for the AAO applies for teacher licensure, that student should indicate on the licensure application that he/she is seeking the AAO. Personnel in the Education Support Center are able to provide guidance in this process.

Questions? See Dr. David Carothers in Roop 305.

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