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Master of arts and/or
certification in special education

Program Mission and Philosophy: Multicategorical Special Education

Program Mission

The WVU Multicategorical Special Education Program is designed to prepare professional educators to work with students with mild/moderate disabilities in elementary and secondary school settings. The program’s mission is based on the belief that special educators play a critical role in the education of children with mild/moderate disabilities as co-instructors in inclusive general education classrooms, primary instructors in resource rooms or special classes, or as consultants to the classroom instructor.

These teachers are trained to conduct assessments; design/implement/evaluate individualized instructional programs; modify curriculum, learning activities, and school environments to accommodate specific needs; and collaborate with families and other professionals in promoting educational achievement and other learning outcomes.

The program’s goals are to:

  • prepare highly qualified master-clinical special education teachers
  • provide initial preparation of future supervisors and administrators of public school special education programs
  • offer professional development opportunities for professionals in other disciplines involved with students with mild/moderate disabilities


Program Philosophy

School-age children and adolescents with mild/moderate disabilities have a right to equitable, appropriate, and adequate services designed to meet their unique needs in inclusive schools and community settings. These individuals and their families should be empowered to make decisions about the services and supports required for them to succeed academically, socially, and as a part of the citizenry.