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Bachelor of Science, Major in Special Education

Bachelor of Science
James Madison University

This major prepares individuals to become special education teachers for student’s grades K-12. Student majors in special education with a concentration in either general curriculum or adapted curriculum. General curriculum licensure prepares teacher candidates to work with students with disabilities who are pursuing a standard high school diploma, whereas Adapted curriculum licensure prepares teacher candidates to work with students with disabilities who are more significantly impacted by their disability and working on a specialized curriculum. Both licenses may be obtained through specialized advising.


Overview
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Delivery Mode
Hybrid

Program Credit Requirements
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Applicable Admissions Agreements
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Institution Name Type Title
Wytheville Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Wytheville Community College and James Madison University
Virginia Western Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Western Community College and James Madison University
Virginia Highlands Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Highlands Community College and James Madison University
Tidewater Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Tidewater Community College and James Madison University
Thomas Nelson Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Thomas Nelson Community College and James Madison University
Southwest Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Southwest Virginia Community College and James Madison University
Southside Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Southside Virginia Community College and James Madison University
Rappahannock Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Rappahannock Community College and James Madison University
Piedmont Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Piedmont Virginia Community College and James Madison University
Paul D. Camp Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Paul D. Camp Community College and James Madison University
Patrick & Henry Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University
Northern Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Northern Virginia Community College and James Madison University
New River Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement New River Community College and James Madison University
Mountain Empire Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Mountain Empire Community College and James Madison University
Lord Fairfax Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Lord Fairfax Community College and James Madison University
John Tyler Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement John Tyler Community College and James Madison University
Germanna Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Germanna Community College and James Madison University
Danville Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Danville Community College and James Madison University
Central Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Central Virginia Community College and James Madison University
Blue Ridge Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Blue Ridge Community College and James Madison University
Blue Ridge Community College Agreement Articulation Agreement for Blue Ridge Community College Associate of Science Degree - Engineering Specialization and James Madis
Wytheville Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Virginia Western Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Virginia Highlands Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Tidewater Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Thomas Nelson Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Southwest Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Southside Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Rappahannock Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Piedmont Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Paul D. Camp Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Patrick & Henry Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Northern Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
New River Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Mountain Empire Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Lord Fairfax Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
John Tyler Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Germanna Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Eastern Shore Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Danville Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Central Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Blue Ridge Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education

You can view the full text of these Agreements in the Resource Center

Key Program Guidance
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Transfer Center
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Number of Transfer Students
1084.0
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The average GPA of transfer students accepted at JMU is 3.3. The GPA information provided is only one factor in admit...see moreThe average GPA of transfer students accepted at JMU is 3.3. The GPA information provided is only one factor in admittance. The courses you complete and grades in those courses play a large part in admission decisions.
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance.
What is The Impact of Work I Have Already Completed?
Associate Transfer Degree Completion Completion of an approved transfer associate degree will guarantee completion of the general education courses at JMU but may not fulfill specific departmental requirements or prerequisites needed for the major.

Dual Enrollment - Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with HS
Credit for Prior Learning Credit for prior learning is awarded on a per case basis for Adult Degree (Individualized Studies Majors) and RN-BSN students only and in consultation with the department of expertise, with the exception of military service credit. Credit for learning acquired in military service is awarded by the registrar’s office using the ACE guide credit recommendation for study/experience listed on the military transcript and in consultation with the department of expertise.
Is This Degree Right For Me?
Is This College Right For Me? JMU is a mid to large size institution that behaves more like a smaller institution. Faculty and staff hold students as the top priority. JMU has a 96% satisfaction rate. 88% of classes have less than 50 students. JMU is the #1 most recommended public University in the US by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education; JMU is the #1 Best College for Employment in Virginia according to U.S. Department of Education statistics compiled by Zippia. JMU has the highest post-graduation job levels of all Virginia colleges.
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

Students should complete courses equivalent to the following JMU education courses prior to transferring: EXED 200 Foundations of Exceptional Education, EDUC 200 Foundations of Schooling in the United States, and EDUC 310 Teaching in a Diversity Society. Students should plan to take EXED 342 and 341 in the summer prior to starting at JMU.

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and James Madison University within your first year via College Connect
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions Transfer applicants from a VCCS institution must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying to JMU. Requirements and forms are available at: https://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer-GAA.shtml
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: James Madison University
Transfer Statistics
Number of Transfer Students 1084
Percent of Accepted Transfer Students The average GPA of transfer students accepted at JMU is 3.3. The GPA information provided is only one factor in admittance. The courses you complete and grades in those courses play a large part in admission decisions.
Do More With Your Degree

Special Education majors will have the option to apply to an accelerated (1 year) master's degree program that will allow them to enhance their teaching-related knowledge so they can bring more to the classroom and school they will work within.

Program Successes & Highlights

Special Education majors will have the opportunity to work with students with disabilities at all three grade-levels (elementary, middle, and high school) and across disability areas. Student teaching experiences are paired with a practicum so that all students stay with in one school setting for an entire semester, so they get a more in-depth experience of how schools function.

All Special Education graduates who have sought a job within the field of Special Education are employed in the field after graduating.

Graduation Statistics for Major
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Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This Section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please check with the individual institutions for detailed advice.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Arts & Sciences Degree in Theatre ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Social Sciences - Teacher Preparation SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Old Dominion UniversitySpecial Education-BSBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in EducationAssociateAssociate of Arts & Sciences2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Paul D. Camp Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in Education AssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityBachelor of Science in Education in Special Education and TeachingBachelorBachelor of Science in Education4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityBachelor of Science in Education in Special Education and Teaching with concentration in Early ChildhoodBachelorBachelor of Science in Education4-Year
Germanna Community CollegeAssociate in Arts & Sciences Degree in EducationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
25-2059.01Adapted Physical Education SpecialistsProvide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth, or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2059.00Special Education Teachers, All OtherAll special education teachers not listed separately.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2056.00Special Education Teachers, Elementary SchoolTeach academic, social, and life skills to elementary school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2055.00Special Education Teachers, KindergartenTeach academic, social, and life skills to kindergarten students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2057.00Special Education Teachers, Middle SchoolTeach academic, social, and life skills to middle school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2051.00Special Education Teachers, PreschoolTeach academic, social, and life skills to preschool-aged students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2058.00Special Education Teachers, Secondary SchoolTeach academic, social, and life skills to secondary school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-9043.00Teaching Assistants, Special EducationAssist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher to provide academic, social, or life skills to students who have learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations