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Graduate Admission REquirements

Masters Program Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements apply to all masters programs:
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA of 3.00 out of 4.0;
  • passing scores on a nationally standardized test of academic ability within a 10 year period: 850 or better on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR 400 or better on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) OR passing scores on the Praxis PPST (see below) 
    OR a Master’s degree in education or a closely related area from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA of 3.25;
  • Recommendation for Graduate Study (see Program Application Form) completed by a previous course instructor;
  • Permission for Field/Clinical Experiences (see Program Application Form) completed by a school administrator.

NOTE: School systems may require criminal background checks and formal board approval prior to placement.  

Additional Requirements

Additional special requirements for ALL certification or certification plus degree programs only:

NOTE: Other tests may be substituted if documentation provided content is substantially equivalent to PPST. 


Additional special requirements ALSO NEEDED for certification or certification plus degree programs for grades K-6 only:

Other special requirements for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS only:

NOTE: U.S. Visa cannot be issued for online programs, but students can enroll as residents in their home countries. 


PROVISIONAL admission MAY be considered under SOME circumstances IF ALL other criteria are met AND the conditions for provisional admission are met as outlined in the admission letter:

NOTE: Undergraduate courses only are counted in calculating the GPA. Applicants with GPA's may be able to raise their undergraduate GPA by taking additional undergraduate courses before applying. 


Applications submitted before the due date with all supporting documentation are eligible for EARLY ADMISSION. Applications that are incomplete will be rejected. Applicants who meet all regular admission criteria will be admitted automatically to the program. Applicants who meet criteria for provisional admission MAY be considered IF openings remain. Under NO circumstances will ANY admission requirement be waived.

NO STUDENT WILL BE SIMULTANEOUSLY ADMITTED TO MORE THAN ONE (1)PROGRAM WITHIN SPECIAL EDUCATION OR TO BOTH SPECIAL EDUCATION AND ANOTHER PROGRAM AT WVU.

INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ALREADY EARNED A GRADUATE DEGREE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AT WVU CAN NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE DEGREE PROGRAM AGAIN BUT MAY BE ADMITTED TO A CERTIFICATION ONLY PROGRAM TO OBTAIN AN ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENT.


Apply for Graduate Admission 

The Department of Special Education Program Application Form can be obtained at sped@mail.wvu.edu.
For assistance in completing applications, please contact  sped@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3450.

Application Submission Deadlines

Applications for admission beginning FALL semester: DUE AUGUST 1
Applications for admission beginning SPRING semester: DUE JANUARY 1
Applications for admission beginning SUMMER semester:   DUE MAY 1

Late Admission

Individuals who fail to apply by the application dates above may be admitted with non-degree status in the WVU College of Human Resources and Education up to the first week of the semester. Once admitted, the student may send an email to the Chair of the Department of Special Education requesting permission to enroll in up to six (6) credits of required courses in the desired program by special waiver. If space is available in these courses, the Chair MAY grant approval. If enrollment is approved, the student must request a transfer to the special education program, submit a program application form by the next application deadline, and be admitted to the program in order to enroll in ANY additional courses in THIS department.

Intent to Enroll for Emergency Permits

Individuals who have been offered a special education teaching position but cannot be admitted because the deadline is past may need to document their intent to enroll in an approved preparation program to be eligible for an emergency permit or out-of-field authorization. WVU may provide this documentation ONLY AFTER the individual has submitted the WVU Application for Graduate Studies and paid the admission fee. For assistance with this process, students should contact the Certification Officer in the College’s Center for Student Advising and Records at 304-293-3983.

Tuition and Fees

Students enrolled in campus-based courses pay on-campus tuition and fees at a rate based on their status as a West Virginia resident or non-resident at the time of admission.ALL students enrolled in ELIGIBLE online programs pay off-campus tuition and fees at theRESIDENT rate regardless of residency status in all program courses (section 7D) and practica (section 7D) through an agreement with the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus. Information on tuition and fees is available at the WVU website at http://elearn.wvu.edu/Registration/tuitionFees.html

Financial Support

Academic Loans
Information about may be obtained from the WVU Financial Aid Office at http://www.finaid.wvu.edu


TEACH Grants
The federally funded TEACH Grant Program provides aid to graduate students seeking to become certified in high shortage areas, which many include any area of special education, and wiling to work in a high need school. Information is available at http://finaid.wvu.edu/types_of_aid/grant_aid/teach_grant


Special Education Projects with Tuition/Fee Reimbursement
In some years, the special education programs have federally funded projects to reimburse tuition/fees for individuals pursuing certification in special education. Information about projects currently available in specific certification programs can be obtained by contacting sped@mail.wvu.edu.

Applying Courses from Other Institutions 

Students who wish to ask about transfer graduate degree credits from another institution PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR ADMISSION should review the information about waivers and transfers and send the required information for pre-review to sped@mail.wvu.edu

Deferred Admission and Failure to Enroll

Regularly admitted students who find they are unable to enroll in coursework during the effective term of their admission may request that their admission be deferred to a different semester within one (1) calendar year. Requests for deferred admission by provisionally admitted students will NOT be approved. Students who do NOT enroll in coursework during the effective term of their admission will automatically be converted to INACTIVE status and will be required to RE-APPLY to the university and program. Inactive students who seek re-admission will be required to RE-APPLY to the university and program and meet any additional NEW requirements for admission or completion in effect at that time.