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Certification Programs 
in special Education

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.

Graduate Teacher Education Programs in Special Education

The Department of Special Education offers graduate teacher education programs leading to initial certification or additional endorsement in West Virginia in the following areas:

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

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 .