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Master of arts in special education

Master's Degree Only Option:
Severe/Multiple Disabilities

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the masters degree only option in the Severe/Multiple Disabilities Program.

SPED 604 Characteristics/Educational Adaptations: Developmental Disabilities
3 cr.
SPED 605 Family/Professional Collaboration: Developmental Disabilities
3 cr.
SPED 606 Communication Intervention: Developmental Disabilities
3 cr.
SPED 607 Formal/Informal Assessment: Developmental Disabilities
3 cr.
SPED 620 Standards-based Curriculum: Severe Disabilities
3 cr.
SPED 622 Instructional Programming: Severe Disabilities
3 cr.
SPED 625 Secondary/Adult Programs: Severe Disabilities
3 cr.
SPED 629 Culminating Practicum: Severe Disabilities*
6 cr.
SPED 675 Research to Practice 3 cr.
SPED 680 Culminating Project 3 cr.
Approved Electives (in areas related to SMD Program and approved by advisor)*
3 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.

All courses in a certification program must be completed within 8 years; this includes waivers granted for courses completed within other programs or at other institutions.

*Electives should be designed to develop the student’s knowledge and skills in a way that directly supports the Severe/Multiple Disabilities Program by enhancing his/her ability to work with children, adolescents or adults with severe/multiple disabilities. All courses in the Early Childhood Special Education Program and the 2 specialization courses in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program may be counted as electives toward degree in the Severe/Multiple Disabilities Program. Selected courses in other areas of special education 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.