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Certification programs 
in special Education

Certification Only Option:
Severe Multiple Disabilities

Grades K-Adult

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

SPED 600 Instructional/Assistive Technology 3 cr.
SPED 604 Characteristics/Educational Adaptations: Developmental Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 605 Family/Professional Collaboration: Developmental Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 606 Communication Intervention: Developmental Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 607 Formal/Informal Assessment: Developmental Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 620 Standards-Based Curriculum: Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 622 Instructional Programming: Sever Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 625 Secondary/Adult Programs: Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 626 Positive Behavior Supports: Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 629 Culminating Practicum: Severe Disabilities* 6 cr.


33 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.

*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 (5522 or 0522) if no prior certification
  • Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications (5545 or 0545)

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.