DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Certification and/or Masters Degree Program in
Multicategorical Special Education

This graduate online program prepares professional educators who can work with children and adults with special needs across the areas of mild/moderate mental impairments, specific learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. This graduate level program prepares special education teachers to engage in current research-based practices and to provide high quality educational programs and services in elementary and/or secondary schools. Please explore the following link to read more concerning the mission of this specific program: Mission and Philosophy Statement

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

The WVU Multicategorical Special Education Program offers three options:

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

The certification program leads to initial certification or additional endorsement in multicategorical special education in West Virginia, which includes students with mild/moderate mental impairments, specific learning disabilities, and emotional /behavioral disorders. Individuals with prior certification in early childhood (K-4) or elementary education (K-6 or K-8) earn an endorsement for grades K-6. Individuals with prior certification in biology, chemistry, English, general science, mathematics, physics, reading education or specialist, and/or social studies earn an endorsement for Grades 5-Adult. Individuals who hold another certification earn initial certification in grades 5-Adult only and also must complete a content endorsement for special educators in English, mathematics, biology, general science, or social studies. Those without prior certification are only eligible to complete the 5-Adult program. 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 North Central Association, 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).