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Certification Programs
in special Education

Certification Only Option:
Autism Spectrum Disorders

Grades K-6 and/or 5-Adult

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the certification only option in the Autism Spectrum Disorders ProgramThis program is subject to revision whenever teacher education program or state certification requirements are changed.

SPED 500 Legal Educational Foundations: Special Education 3 cr.
SPED 603 Classroom/Behavior Management for Special Needs 3 cr.
SPED 609 Technology Applications for Special Needs 3 cr.
SPED 663 Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies 3 cr. 
SPED 665 Mathematics for Special Needs 3 cr.
SPED 666 Reading for Special Needs 3 cr.
RDNG 622 Content Area Literacy Instruction 3 cr.
SPED 667
OR
SPED 668
Elementary Content Methods: Special Needs (K-6 only)

Secondary Content Methods: Special Needs (5-Adult only)
3 cr.

3 cr.
SPED 650 Learning Characteristics: Autism 3 cr.
SPED 652 Educational Interventions: Autism 3 cr.
SPED 659 Culminating Practicum: Autism Spectrum Disorders* 6 cr.


36 Credits Total

ALL students should follow the program requirements outlined on the Student Program Plan sent with the admission letter.

Request information from sped@mail.wvu.edu  or direct questions to 304-293-3450.

Individuals certified in Autism Grades 5-Adult are also required to hold a  content endorsement  in the academic content area(s) in which they are assigned to teach.

Individuals who have completed a program in Autism Spectrum Disorders Grades K-6 or 5-Adult may add an endorsement in Multicategorical Special Education at the same grade levels by completing a second practicum.

*Students must pass PRAXIS tests required by the program prior to and as a condition of admission to practicum:

These or other tests also may be required for licensure in West Virginia or in the designated specialization area in other states/countries to earn initial certification or additional endorsement.

All courses in a certification program must be completed within 8 years; this includes waivers granted for courses completed within other programs or at other institutions.

Retention in this program requires maintaining active student status and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students who fail to maintain active student status by enrolling in at least one course every two years become inactive and will have to re-apply and meet any new requirements in effect at the time of admission. Students who fail to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and may be unable to reapply for admission.