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Master of arts in special education

Master's Degree Only Option: Multicategorical Special Education

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the master’s degree only option in the Multicategorical Special Education Program.  This program is subject to revision whenever teacher education or state certification requirements are changed.

SPED 500 Legal/Educational Foundations: Special Education
3 cr.
SPED 601 Academic Interventions: Special Education
3 cr.
SPED 603 Classroom/Behavior Management: Special Education
3 cr.
SPED 609 Technology Applications for Special Needs
3 cr.
SPED 663 Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies
3 cr.
SPED 665 Mathematics for Special Needs
3 cr.
SPED 666 Reading for Special Needs
3 cr.
SPED 667
OR
SPED 668
Elementary Content Methods: Special Needs

Secondary Content Methods: Special Needs
3 cr.

3 cr.
SPED 675  Research to Practice
3 cr.
SPED 680 Culminating Project 3 cr.
Approved Electives (in areas related to Multicategorical Special Education Program and approved by advisor)*
6 cr.


36 Credits Total


ALL students should follow the program requirements outlined on the Student Program Plan sent with the admission letter.

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

*Electives should be designed to develop the student’s knowledge and skills in a way that directly supports the Multicategorical Special Education Program by enhancing his/her ability to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in elementary and/or secondary settings. Some courses in other areas of special education (especially autism spectrum disorders or common courses in other programs) may be especially helpful, as will courses in curriculum and instruction, child development, or instructional technologies. All electives must have earned graduate degree credit from a regionally accredited institution and must be approved in advance in writing by the faculty advisor. Courses that earned continuing education or professional development credits may not be counted as electives in a degree program.

All courses in a degree program must be completed within 8 years; this includes transfers from other institutions and elective courses.

Retention in this program requires maintaining active student status and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students who fail to maintain active student status by enrolling in at least one course every two years become inactive and will have to re-apply and meet any new requirements in effect at the time of admission. Students who fail to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and may be unable to reapply for admission.