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, while the programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meets national standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
U.S. News & World Report ranked WVU’s online graduate programs in Special Education 26th out of more than 200 programs in education nationwide in 2012-2013.Undergraduate Program in Child Development and Family Studies: Additional Special Education Endorsement
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
- Gifted Education for Grades 1-12
- Multicategorical Special Education for Grades K-6 and/or 5-Adult
- Severe/Multiple Disabilities for Grades K-Adult
Students who have previously earned a Master’s degree in special education at WVU in
a different area of specialization as well as those who earned a degree in another
area at WVU or from another university should consider this option.
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.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in Special Education programs.
All programs qualify as alternative certification programs in West Virginia.
Individuals who seek 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 .
For assistance in understanding certification requirements or completing and submitting forms, please contact the WVU Certification Officer at Michelle.Principe@mail.wvu.edu.