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Certification programs
in special education

Certification Only Option:
Gifted Education

Grades 1-12

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the certification only option in the Gifted Education Program. This program is subject to revision whenever teacher education or state certification requirements are changed.

SPED 500 Legal/Educational Foundations: Special Education 3 cr.
SPED 601 Academic Interventions: Special Education 3 cr.
SPED 603 Classroom/Behavior Management: Special Education 3 cr.
SPED 609 Technology Applications for Special Needs 3 cr.
SPED 663 Collaborative-Consultive Inclusion Strategies 3 cr.
SPED 670 Introduction to Gifted Education 3 cr.
SPED 672 Teaching Strategies for Gifted Education 3 cr.
SPED 674 Support for Special Populations in Gifted Education 3 cr.
SPED 676 Critical Thinking/Creativity in Gifted Education 3 cr.
SPED 679 Culminating Practicum: Gifted Education* 6 cr.


33 Total Credits

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.

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

  • Gifted Education (5358) .

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 students MUST complete practicum as a single six-credit block in the final semester.

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.