The Department of Special Education offers masters degree programs with or without teacher certification in the following specialization areas:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (Currently closed to admissions)
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Gifted Education
- Multicategorical Special Education
- Severe/Multiple Disabilities
- Special Education with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis
These programs are available online nationwide and in approved international areas.
All courses in these programs are delivered by core program faculty via online distance education, using a combination of live (in real time) sessions and web (on demand) sessions on alternate weeks throughout each academic semester. Field and practicum experiences are arranged in a qualified school or agency in the home community with local supervision and online oversight by university faculty.
All online programs and courses are offered in WVU eCampus, utilizing the Blackboard learning management system. Live class sessions are conducted in Blackboard Collaborate, a desktop conferencing program. In some courses, live class sessions are offered in Second Life, an online virtual world. All live class sessions and other web activities are conducted in English. For more information about the online delivery system or technology requirements, visit the Online Program Delivery page.
Individuals who already have a master’s degree in another area should consider a second master’s degree to establish their expertise in special education or disability services and enhance opportunities for other career options or eligibility for advanced degree programs. All programs require completion of 36 credits.
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).