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Certification Programs
In SPecial Education

Undergraduate Certification Program

The Department of Special Education offers the following undergraduate option, in conjunction with the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development (CDFS program).

Undergraduate Program in Child Development and Family Studies

The Child Development and Family Studies Program offers a four-year undergraduate major that leads to certification in preschool education plus additional endorsement in  Preschool Special Needs Grades PreK-K.

Program qualifies as alternative certification program 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