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Content Specializations & Certification Only Program

For information about content specialization programs or certification only programs, select a Content Specialization below:
Educational Leadership and Supervision

Educational Leadership and Supervision (36 hrs)

Professional Education Core  

  • EDUC 510 Models of Curriculum and Instruction 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 520 Educational Research 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 530 Integrating Technology in the Teaching/Learning Process 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 540 Assessment & Evaluation in Education 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 560 Action Research/Internship II* 3 hrs.

Educational Leadership and Supervision (Pre K - Adult)  

  • EDUC 525 Educational Trends and Issues 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 535 Theories of Educational Leadership 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 550* Action Research/Internship I 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 500 Public School Administration 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 570 Organization and Management for Public Schools 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 580 Public School Law 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 590 School and Community Relations 3 hrs.

*Note: EDEL 560 is required for students seeking a certification in Educational Leadership and is the equivalent to EDUC 560, which is a professional education core requirement. Students must have completed a minimum of 24-hours of coursework including EDUC 520 prior to taking EDEL 560.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from WV BOE in Educational Leadership are required to pass PRAXIS II: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision subject assessment test. For more information regarding specific courses, please refer to the Academic Catalog

Educational Leadership & Supervision Progression Sheet

Certificate in Educational Leadership & Supervision

Certificate in Educational Leadership & Supervision Certification Program (18 hrs)

Requires a masters degree and teacher licensure. Must be hired full time in the public school system as a licensed teacher in order to complete EDEL classes with a field or internship experience.

Certification in Educational Leadership and Supervision (Pre K - Adult)  

  • EDEL 560* Action Research/Internship II* 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 550 Action Research/Internship I 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 500 Public School Administration 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 570 Organization and Management for Public Schools 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 580 Public School Law 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 590 School and Community Relations 3 hrs.

*Note: EDEL 560 in the certification program must be taken during the last semester.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from WVBOE in Educational Leadership are required to pass PRAXIS II: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision subject assessment test. For more information regarding specific courses, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Reading Specialist

Reading Specialist (36 hours)

Professional Education Core

  • EDUC 510 Models of Curriculum and Instruction 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 520 Educational Research 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 530 Integrating Technology in the Teaching/Learning Process 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 540 Assessment & Evaluation in Education 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 560 Action Research in Reading Education* 3 hrs.

Reading Specialist (Pre K - Adult)

  • RDNG 510 Foundations of Reading 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 520 Reading & Writing in Content Areas 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 525 Literacy Research and Instruction for Culturally Diverse Students 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 530 Reading Assessment 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 550 Reading and Language Arts Instruction for the 21st Century 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 570 Reading Practicum 6 hrs.

*Note: RDNG 560 is required for students seeking certification as a Reading Specialist and is the equivalent of EDUC 560, which is a professional education core requirement. Students must have completed a minimum of 24-hours of coursework including EDUC 520 prior to taking RDNG 560.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from WV BOE as a Reading Specialist are required to pass PRAXIS II: Reading Specialist subject assessment test. For more information regarding specific courses, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Reading Specialist Progression Sheet

Certificate in Reading Specialist

Certificate in Reading Specialist Program (24 hours)

Requires a masters degree and teacher licensure.

Certification in Reading Specialist Program (Pre K-Adult)

  • RDNG 510 Foundations of Reading 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 520 Reading & Writing in Content Areas 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 525 Literacy Research and Instruction for Culturally Diverse Students 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 530 Reading Assessment 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 550 Reading and Language Arts Instruction for the 21st Century 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 570 Reading Practicum 6 hrs.
  • RDNG 560 Action Research in Reading Education* 3 hrs.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from WV BOE as a Reading Specialist are required to pass PRAXIS II: Reading Specialist subject assessment test. For more information regarding specific courses, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Special Education

Special Education Content Specialization (36 hours)

Professional Education Core (required) (15 hrs.)

  • EDUC 510 Models of Curriculum and Instruction 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 520 Educational Research 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 530 Integrating Technology in the Teaching/Learning Process 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 540 Assessment & Evaluation in Education 3 hrs.
  • SPED 560: Action Research in Education 3 hrs. (Prerequisite EDUC 520)  

Special Education Curriculum and Instruction/Pedagogy (21 hrs.)

  • SPED 503: Legal and Historical Foundations of Special Education 3 hrs.
  • SPED 505: Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities 3 hrs.
  • SPED 510: Reading Methods for Individuals with Special Learning Needs 3hrs. 
  • SPED 512: Reading Strategies for the Inclusive Content Classroom (Prerequisites: SPED 510) 3 hrs.
  • SPED 518: Positive Behavior Support 3 hrs.
  • SPED 525: Strategies for the Inclusive Mathematics Classroom 3 hrs.
  • SPED 555: Advanced Methods/Strategies for Special Education (Prerequisites: SPED 503 and SPED 505) 3 hrs.

Required Courses for an Endorsement in Autism (6 hrs.)

  • SPED 515: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 hrs.
  • SPED 516: Methods for Teaching Students with Autism (Prerequisite SPED 515) 3 hrs.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from the WV BOE in Special Education (multi categorical) are required to pass the PRAXIS II: Multi-Categorical Special Education (BD excluding Autism, MI, SLD) Candidates who already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and teacher certification/licensure may pursue a content specialization in multi categorical education by completing the 21 hours of pedagogy.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from the WV BOE in Special Education (multi categorical) must hold, qualify for or simultaneously complete a content specialization in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, and/or social studies as recognized on a Professional Teaching Certificate. If an individual does not hold any of the endorsements previously identified, they must complete a restricted content endorsement offered through the WVDE in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, and/or social studies in conjunction with the Special Education Program. See West Virginia Policy 5100 10.3.d.

Clinical/practicum experiences will be aligned with West Virginia Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS). Clinical/practicum experience assessments are aligned with the Specialty Program Assessments (SPA) as required by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. All appropriate clinical/practicum experiences must be successfully completed.

Special Education Multi-Categorical / Autism Progression Sheet

Certificate in Special Education

Certificate in Special Education Curriculum and Instruction/Pedagogy (24 hrs.)

Requires a masters degree and teacher licensure exclusive of Multi-Categorical.

  • SPED 503: Legal and Historical Foundations of Special Education 3 hrs.
  • SPED 505: Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities 3 hrs.
  • SPED 510: Reading Methods for Individuals with Special Learning Needs 3hrs. 
  • SPED 512: Reading Strategies for the Inclusive Content Classroom (Prerequisites: SPED 510) 3 hrs.
  • SPED 518: Positive Behavior Support 3 hrs.
  • SPED 525: Strategies for the Inclusive Mathematics Classroom 3 hrs.
  • SPED 555: Advanced Methods/Strategies for Special Education (Prerequisites: SPED 503 and SPED 505) 3 hrs.
  • SPED 560: Action Research in Education 3 hrs. (Prerequisite EDUC 520)  

All candidates seeking an endorsement from the WV BOE in Special Education (multi categorical) are required to pass the PRAXIS II: Multi-Categorical Special Education (BD excluding Autism, MI, SLD) Candidates who already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and teacher certification/licensure may pursue a content specialization in multi categorical education by completing the 24 hours of pedagogy. For more information about courses please review the Academic Catalog.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from the WV BOE in Special Education (multi categorical) must hold, qualify for or simultaneously complete a content specialization in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, and/or social studies as recognized on a Professional Teaching Certificate. If an individual does not hold any of the endorsements previously identified, they must complete a restricted content endorsement offered through the WVDE in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, and/or social studies in conjunction with the Special Education Program. See West Virginia Policy 5100 10.3.d.
 

Autism Endorsement (6 hrs.)

All candidates seeking an endorsement from WVDOE for Autism are required to hold a Multi-categorical endorsement/certification.

  • SPED 515: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 hrs.
  • SPED 516: Methods for Teaching Students with Autism (Prerequisite SPED 515) 3 hrs.