DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Certification and/or Masters Degree Program in Gifted Education

The Certification and/or Masters Degree in Gifted Education Program is designed to prepare professional educators to work with gifted children and adolescents in elementary and/or secondary school programs. This online graduate program prepares special education teachers to engage in current research-based practices related to acceleration and enrichment programs for these high achieving students. Please explore the following link to read more concerning the mission of this specific program. Mission and Philosophy Statement

This program is available entirely online nationwide and in approved international areas.

The WVU Gifted Education Program offers three options:

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

The Master’s degree with certification program leads to eligibility for additional endorsement in Gifted Education in West Virginia, which includes students with gifts and talents grades 1-12 (or the equivalent in other states). This program requires prior certification for certification in West Virginia in one of the following areas: early childhood or elementary education; or secondary education on the following content areas: biology, chemistry, English, general science, mathematics, physics, reading education or specialist, and/or social studies. Individuals seeking certification or endorsement in other states or in international areas should consult with local and state agencies about certification requirements that apply specifically to them and confirmation that the WVU program will satisfy those requirements. This program qualifies as an alternative certification program in West Virginia.

For more details about admission to these programs, please review the information provided for future students.

For more details about completion of these programs, please review the information provided for current students.

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 2013-2014.

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