Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Certification Multi-Categorical Special Education with Autism

MISSION: The mission of the Fairmont State University School of Education, Health & Human Performance is to prepare reflective and responsive educators who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to help all students learn.

OVERVIEW: Fairmont State University (FSU) offers a graduate emphasis in Multi-Categorical Special Education with Autism. The Multi-Categorical Special Education with Autism program at FSU prepares teachers address the needs of learners with mild to moderate disabilities. Students who successfully complete program requirements and state requirements for certification will receive endorsements at both the K-6 and 5-Adult levels in Multi-Categorical Special Education and Autism. This graduate emphasis is designed to meet the needs of two groups of candidates:

  • Candidates who hold a valid teaching license at the time of admissions and are seeking to add a certification and obtain a M.Ed. in Multi-Categorical Special Education with Autism.
  • Candidates who have completed a Bachelors Degree but who do not hold a valid teaching license at the time of admissions and are seeking a M.Ed. and certification in Multi-Categorical Special Education with Autism.

Program Outcomes

In addition to the general outcomes for Graduate Studies at Fairmont State University, Special Education candidates are prepared to meet learning outcomes based upon the national Council for Exceptional Children Professional Standards and the state West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards.

Program Delivery

All coursework is delivered online and asynchronously, enabling candidates to complete coursework wherever they have access to the Internet, and at times that are most convenient for them. Courses are coupled with clinical experiences either in candidates’ own schools and multi-categorical classrooms or, for those candidates who are not currently teaching, in an arranged placement in a multi-categorical classroom setting in a local school.

Professional Opportunities

The need for teachers who are fully certified in multi-categorical special education continues to grow, both in regions throughout West Viriginia and across the country.  Education employment forecasters predict that this need is likely to continue to increase for several more years.  Having this certification enhances an educator's marketability and options for employment.  The knowledge, skills and professional dispositions developed in FSU's Multi-Categorical Special Education program can be applied in any classroom to benefit all learners.  In addition, veteran special educators attest that while the work of a special education teacher is demanding, it is also very rewarding.

The M.Ed. in Special Education program is fully accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children.