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Multicategorical Special Education M.A.

Aug. 17, 2022

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Help Young People with Disabilities

The graduate program in Multicategorical Special Education offered by the College of Education and Human Services is designed to prepare professional educators to work with children and adolescents with autism, learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders, and intellectual disabilities. Students who graduate from this program will be eligible for special education certification in West Virginia. Based on research-based practices, this program prepares you to provide high-quality education in inclusive elementary and secondary classrooms that leads to academic achievement and successful post-school outcomes for students with mild to moderate disabilities.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses

Start Date

August 17, 2022
January 9, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

College of Education and Human Services

Degree Awarded: Master of Arts in Multicategorical Special Education

Program Details

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This program has been designed so that program graduates can accomplish the following learning outcomes:

  1. Provide high quality educational services to children and adolescents with mild to moderate disabilities in inclusive classrooms and resource rooms in elementary and secondary schools;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and application of current evidence-practices as exemplified by reputable research and professional standards to deliver individualized instruction to develop academic and social skills;
  3. Collaborate with other professionals and agencies in delivery of services and engage in individual and systems advocacy for individuals and their families, and empower individuals and families to participate in program planning and decision making; and
  4. Reflect in and on practice and respond responsibly to the legal, ethical, social, and cultural issues encountered when working with individuals with mild to moderate disabilities and their families in today’s world.

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Regular Admission

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA of 2.75

NOTE: School systems may require criminal background checks and formal board approval prior to placement.

The WVU Application for Graduate Admission is available here.

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Application Deadlines

  • Deadline for Fall 2022: August 1
  • Deadline for Spring 2023: January 1

The Multicategorical Special Education Program admits students to the Master of Arts program on a rolling basis.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Multicategorical Special Education M.A. requires 36 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $655.

Total Degree Cost

$23,580 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $655
3 $1,965
6 $3,930
9 $5,895

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Multicategorical Special Education M.A. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Self-Enrichment Education Teacher
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Special Education Teacher
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Special Education Teacher - Middle School
Projected Growth: 2-3%

Special Education Teacher - Kindergarten Elementary School
Projected Growth: 2-3%

Special Education Teacher - Secondary School
Projected Growth: 2-3%

Special Education Teacher - All Other
Projected Growth: 7-10% Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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