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Certification Programs 
in Special Education

Certification Only Option:
Early Childhood Special Education

Grades PreK-K

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the certification only option in the Early Childhood Special Education ProgramThis program is subject to revision whenever teacher education or state certification requirements are changed.

SPED 600 Instructional/Assistive Technology 3 cr.
SPED 604 Characteristics and Educational Adaptations: Dev. Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 605 Family/Professional Collaboration: Developmental Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 606 Communication Intervention: Developmental Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 607 Formal/Informal Assessment: Developmental Disabilities 3 cr.
SPED 610 Typical/Atypical Development: Early Intervention 3 cr. 
SPED 611 Curriculum: Early Intervention 3 cr. 
SPED 612 Responsive interventions: Early Intervention 3 cr. 
SPED 616 Behavior Guidance/Support Early Intervention 3 cr. 
SPED 619 Culminating Practicum: Early Intervention* 6 cr. 

33 Credits Total

ALL students should follow the program requirements outlined on the Student Program Plan sent with the admission letter.

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*Students must pass PRAXIS tests required by the program prior to and as a condition of admission to practicum:

  • Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (0691)

These or other tests also may be required for licensure in West Virginia or in the designated specialization area in other states/countries to earn initial certification or additional endorsement.

Students who previously completed an initial six credit graduate practicum at WVU in special education mat be eligible for a three credit practicum in other areas.

All courses in a certification program must be completed within 8 years; this includes waivers granted for courses completed within other programs or at other institutions.

Retention in this program requires maintaining active student status and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students who fail to maintain active student status by enrolling in at least one course every two years become inactive and will have to re-apply and meet any new requirements in effect at the time of admission. Students who fail to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and may be unable to reapply for admission.