Program of Study for adding a Multi-Categorical Certification to your existing WV License

The requirements for the multi-categorical certification only program option for certified teachers who want to add a multi-categorical special education certification to an existing WV license include:

SPED 5323 Math Strategies for Exceptional Learners   3
SPED 6319 Intro to Learning Exceptionalities and Behavior Disorders 3
SPED 6322 Evaluation in Special Education 3
SPED 6323 Behavioral Support for Special Students 3
SPED 6324 Instructional Strategies 3
SPED 6390 Special Education Practicum 3
READ 6310 Teaching Reading to Special Learners 3
READ 6315 Teaching Content Area Literacy 3
    Total credit hours for certification 24

Program of Study for Multi-Categorical Special Education Certification plus M.Ed.

Candidates who choose to acquire the Master's degree in addition to certification may do so by completing the following required Graduate Core coursework:

EDUC 6301 Research in Education 3
EDUC 6305 Advanced Educational Technology and Media 3
EDUC 6395 Action Research 3
    Pre-Approved Elective 3

Total of 36 hours for both certification and the M.Ed. in Special Education

NOTE: The West Virginia Department of Education requires that all special educators be "highly qualified".  To be highly qualified, a candidate must have a 21-hour restricted content endorsement in one of the following fields: Biology, English, Math, General Science or Social Studies.  The FSU Certification Officer (see contact information below) will complete a transcript evaluation to determine eligibility for the required restricted content endorsement.

Office of Certification

For specific questions about licensure and certification, or for a transcript evaluation, contact:

Certification Officer
340 Education Building


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