All certification programs offered at WVU are based on principles of evidence-based practice in special education and disability services as well as on current best practice in higher education. We pride ourselves on programs that meet the highest standards in higher education and in personnel preparation in this discipline.
WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College of Education and Human Services is an NCATE accredited CAEP eligible Eligible Provider of educator preparation programs. The special education licensure programs have been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education and meet national standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
U.S. News & World Report has ranked WVU’s online graduate programs in the top 10% of online programs in education nationwide.
The Department of Special Education offers graduate teacher education programs leading to initial certification or additional endorsement in West Virginia in the following areas:
- Early Childhood Special Education for Grades PreK-K THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO ADMISSION
- Gifted Education for Grades 1-12 THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO ADMISSION
- Multicategorical Special Education for Grades K-6 and/or 5-Adult
- Severe/Multiple Disabilities for Grades K-Adult THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO ADMISSION
Individuals who already have a Master’s degree in some other area should consider
a second Master’s degree to establish their expertise in special education or
disability services and enhance opportunities for other career options or eligibility
for advanced degree programs.
For assistance in understanding West Virginia certification requirements or completing and submitting forms, please contact the WVU Certification Officer at Michelle.Principe@mail.wvu.edu.
Individuals who seek teaching certification outside of West Virginia should consult with local, state, or national education agencies about requirements in those states or countries to determine if the WVU program will satisfy them. Contact information for state certification agencies is available at the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification website .