- HIGH DEMAND FOR PROFESSIONALS trained as special educators and disability services specialists because of critical shortages in most areas means easy access to job opportunities
- OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT through acquisition of a master’s degree or doctoral degree to increase salary, advance in rank, or become eligible for other professional positions
- PROFESSIONAL PRIDE resulting from ability to design individualized learning experiences that produce meaningful developmental, academic and functional outcomes or children and adults
- PERSONAL SATISFACTION in seeing your time and effort result in significant differences in the lives of individuals with exceptionalities and their families
Join us and our colleagues around the world as we pursue the dream of creating a society where ALL individuals have access to education and rehabilitation programs that enable them to achieve their personal potential and a high quality of life.
As a potential student, what does the WVU Department of Special Education offer?
WVU special education programs have many advantages:
- extensive ARRAY OF OFFERINGS of courses and program;
- experienced and DEDICATED faculty and staff;
- many courses and programs available ONLINE;
- tuition and fees at REASONABLE RATES, even for non-residents;
- NATIONAL ACCREDITATION by the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education and
- learning outcomes that reflect the highest PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS in this discipline established through professional recognition by the Council for Exceptional Children.
Students with masters degrees in other areas should still consider an additional masters degree to establish expertise in special education or disability services while enhancing opportunities for other career options or eligibility for advanced degree programs.
For most programs, students can earn a masters degree with certification for as few as three to six additional credits. Some of these additional credits may be taken from the prior master’s degree program if the courses were completed recently.Can I apply courses from another program?
Students are allowed to request permission to apply up to 12 credits from another program or institution of higher education if the specific courses meet requirements established by WVU and are considered to satisfy program criteria for required course or elective credits.