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Master of Arts in special education

Early Childhood Special Education

This online graduate program prepares professional educators who can provide quality early childhood special education services to young children with special needs and their families under the auspices of public schools and other community agencies. Please visit the  mission and philosophy page to read more concerning the mission of this specific program.

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

The Early Childhood Special Special Education Program offers the following 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 initial certification or additional endorsement in West Virginia in Preschool Special Needs, which includes children from birth through age six with developmental disabilities, delays, and at risk conditions in grades 0-PreK and PreK-K (or the equivalent in other states). Individuals with this certification may also be assigned to regular pre-K classrooms. It also is applicable to qualification as a Qualified Early Intervention Professional (QEIP) for birth to three services.

This program does not require prior certification for certification in West Virginia. 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 qualifies as an alternative certification program in West Virginia.

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).