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Certification Programs 
in special Education

All certification programs offered at WVU are based on principles of evidence-based practice in special education and disability services as well as on current best practice in higher education. We pride ourselves on programs that meet the highest standards in higher education and in personnel preparation in this discipline.

WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, while the programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meets national standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

U.S. News & World Report ranked WVU’s online graduate programs in Special Education 26th out of more than 200 programs in education nationwide in 2012-2013.

Undergraduate Program in Child Development and Family Studies: Additional Special Education Endorsement 

The Child Development and Family Studies Program offers a four-year undergraduate major that leads to certification in preschool education plus an additional endorsement in  Preschool Special Needs for grades PreK-K.

Graduate Teacher Education Programs in Special Education

The Department of Special Education offers graduate teacher education programs leading to initial certification or additional endorsement in West Virginia in the following areas:

Students who have previously earned a Master’s degree in special education at WVU in a different area of specialization as well as those who earned a degree in another area at WVU or from another university should consider this option.  Individuals who already have a Master’s degree in some other area should consider a second Master’s degree to establish their expertise in special education or disability services and enhance opportunities for other career options or eligibility for advanced degree programs.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in Special Education programs


Disability Studies Certificate Programs
In collaboration with the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities, the Department of Special Education offers undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in Disability Studies.

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All programs qualify as alternative certification programs in West Virginia.

Individuals who seek certification outside of West Virginia should consult with local, state, or national education agencies about requirements in those states or countries to determine if the WVU program will satisfy them. Contact information for state certification agencies is available at the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification website .

For assistance in understanding certification requirements or completing and submitting forms, please contact the WVU Certification Officer at mike.sekula@mail.wvu.edu.