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Minors in Special Education

The Department of Special Education offers the following undergraduate minors: 

Disability Studies

Minor Code: U093

This minor is designed to assist students in the exploration of disability as a human phenomenon that involves the multiple perspectives of and complex interactions among the individual, the family, and the community. Individuals who have an awareness of the broad range of personal and societal issues encompassed by disability conditions are better prepared to meet the needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families more effectively in their future careers in services, business, or government. Coursework in this minor assists students in preparing for careers that involve significant contact with or service to individuals disabilities of all ages and their families.

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 with no grade below a C in all minor coursework is required to earn this minor.

DISB 304 Special Education in Contemporary Society
(May substitute SPED 304)
DISB 380* Disability and the Family  3
DISB 381 Lifespan Disability Policy  3
DISB 385* Disability and Society  3
DISB 482 Disability in the Community Center 2
DISB 486 Capstone Portfolio: Disability  1
15 Hours Total

*DISB 380 and 385 satisfy Foundation Area 7 Global Studies & Diversity in the General Education Foundations curriculum. SPED 304 satisfies Foundation Area 4 Society & Connections of the General Education Foundation curriculum.

For additional information about the minor, contact the Program Coordinator at (304)293-3450 or sped@mail.wvu.edu.


Early Intervention

Minor Code: U127

This minor is designed to assist students in developing knowledge and skills related to providing educational interventions for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities, delays, and at-risk conditions as well as their families in home-based, center-based, and clinical settings. Individuals who are specially trained to work with very young children (0-3 years) with special needs and their parents are a critical part of the early intervention teams that provide services in a variety of settings (family homes, hospitals and clinics, and child care centers). Coursework in this minor assists students in preparing for careers working with young children and their families though developmental interventions as well as family supports.

To qualify for a minor in early intervention, a student must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 across all minor courses with no grade less than C in any required course.

SPED 311 Developmental Assessment for Young Children with Special Needs 3
SPED 312 Differentiated Instruction for Young Children 3
SPED 315 Home-Based Programs Early Intervention 3
SPED 317 Technology for Young Children with/without Special Needs 3
SPED 491* Professional Field Experience 3


15 Hours Total

*Students must complete 3 credits of SPED 491 in EACH minor and are eligible to apply only AFTER the have completed at least 3 minor courses.

For additional information about the minor, contact the Program Coordinator at (304)293-3450 or sped@mail.wvu.edu.


Special Education

Minor Code: U128

The minor in Special Education is designed to assist students in developing knowledge and skills related to providing educational interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities in school, community, and human services settings. Individuals who work in many different professions need knowledge of disability conditions and their implications as well as skills for addressing their unique individual needs effectively in schools and community services. Coursework in this minor assists students in preparing for careers in educational, recreational, and vocational programs working with children, adolescents, or adults with disabilities.

To qualify for a minor in special education, a student must have earned a minimum GPAof 2.5 across all minor courses with no grade less than C in any required course.

SPED 304* Special Education in Contemporary Society 3
SPED 360 Differentiation of Instruction for Students with Special Needs 3
SPED 365 Technology and Universal Design for Learning 3
SPED 366 Transition Planning 3
SPED 491** Professional Field Experience 3


15 Hours Total

*SPED 304 satisfies Foundation Area 4 Society & Connections of the General Education Foundation curriculum.

**Students must complete 3 credits of SPED 491 in EACH minor and are eligible to apply only AFTER the have completed at least 3 minor courses.

For additional information about the minor, contact the Program Coordinator at (304)293-3450 or sped@mail.wvu.edu.