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Master of Arts in special education

Master's Degree with Certification Option: Gifted Education

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the master's degree with certification option in the Gifted Education Program. This program is subject to revision whenever teacher education or certification requirements are changed.

SPED 500 Legal/Educational Foundations: Special Education
3 cr.
SPED 601 Academic Interventions: Special Education
3 cr.
SPED 603 Classroom/Behavior Management: Special Education
3 cr.
SPED 609 Technology Applications for Special Needs
3 cr.
SPED 663 Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies
3 cr.
SPED 670 Introduction to Gifted Education
3 cr.
SPED 672 Teaching Strategies for Gifted Education
3 cr. 
SPED 674 Support for Special Populations in Gifted Education
3 cr.
SPED 676 Critical Thinking/Creativity in Gifted Education
3 cr.
SPED 679 Culminating Practicum: Gifted Education*
6 cr.
Approved Electives (in areas related to GE program and approved by advisor)**
3 cr.


36 Credits Total


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

Request information from sped@mail.wvu.edu or direct questions to 304-293-3450.

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

  • Gifted Education (5358)

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

ALL students MUST complete practicum as a single six-credit block in the final semester.

**Electives should be designed to develop the student’s knowledge and skills in a way that directly supports the Gifted Education Program by enhancing his/her ability to teach gifted and talented students. Some courses in other areas of special education (especially specific learning disabilities or academic content area instruction) may be especially helpful, as will courses in curriculum and instruction, child development, or instructional technologies. All electives must have earned graduate degree credit from a regionally accredited institution and must be approved in advance in writing by the faculty advisor. Courses that earned continuing education or professional development credits may not be counted as electives in a degree program.

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.

All courses in a degree program must be completed within 8 years; this includes transfers from other institutions and elective courses.

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.