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Certification programs
in special Education

Certification Only Option:
Multicategorical Special Education

Grades K-6 and/or 5-Adult

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

SPED 500 Legal/Educational Foundations: Special Education 3 cr.
SPED 601 Academic Interventions for Special Needs 3 cr.
SPED 603 Classroom/Behavior Management: Special Education 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.
SPED 622 Content Area Literacy Instruction 3 cr.
SPED 667
OR
SPED 668
Elementary Content Methods: Special Needs

Secondary Content Methods: Special Needs
3 cr.

3 cr.
SPED 669 Culminating Practicum: Multicategorical Special 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.

Individuals certified in multicategorical special education grades 5-Adult are also required to hold a  content endorsement  for special educators in the academic content area(s) in which they are assigned to teach.

West Virginia also currently permits individuals who are completing a program in Multicategorical Special Education grades K-6 or 5-Adult to add an additional  endorsement in Autism by completing only 6 additional hours of coursework in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program and no practicum experience.

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

  • Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 (5222 or 0522) OR 5-9 (5223 or 0523) OR 7-12 (5224 or 0524) (if no prior certification)
  • Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543 or 0543)

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.