Like all receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), ErbB4 signals through a canonical signaling involving phosphorylation cascades. However, ErbB4 can also signal through a non‑canonical mechanism whereby the intracellular domain is released into the cytoplasm by regulated intramembrane proteolysis (RIP) and translocates to the nucleus where it regulates transcription. These different signaling mechanisms depend on the generation of alternative spliced isoforms, a RIP cleavable ErbB4‑ JMa and an uncleavable ErbB4‑JMb. Non‑canonical signaling by ErbB4‑JMa has been implicated in the regulation of brain, heart, mammary gland, lung, and immune cell development. However, most studies on non‑canonical ErbB4 signaling have been performed in vitro due to the lack of an adequate mouse model. We created an ErbB4‑JMa specific knock out mouse and demonstrate that RIP ‑dependent, non‑canonical signaling by ErbB4‑JMa is required for the regulation of GFAP expression during cortical development. We also show that ErbB4‑JMa signaling is not required for the development of the heart, mammary glands, sensory ganglia. Furthermore, we identify genes whose expression during cortical development is regulated by ErbB4, and show that the expression of three of them, CRYM and DBi, depend on ErbB4‑JMa whereas WDFY1 relies on ErbB4‑JMb. Thus, we provide the first animal model to directly study the roles of ErbB4‑JMa and non‑canonical ErbB4 signaling in vivo.