Master of Arts in Special Education
West Virginia University

Program Details

West Virginia University offers an online Master of Arts in Special Education, due to the demand in teachers who are effective in helping students with special needs grow and develop. The coursework is online, however students sync with other classmates for online meetings and complete clinical experiences in their own communities.

Students can choose one of the following specializations:

  • Applied Behavioral Analyst
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Gifted Education
  • Multicategorical Special Education
  • Severe/Multiple Disabilities


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized Graduate Admissions Test score of 850 (old scoring system) and 280 (new scoring system) or better on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), OR 400 or better on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), OR a passing score on the Praxis Core (see below)
  • OR a Master’s degree in education or a closely related area from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Recommendation for Graduate Study (see Program Application Form) completed by a previous course instructor
  • Permission for Field/Clinical Experiences (see Program Application Form) completed by a school administrator
  • Passing scores on the Praxis Core within a 10 year period—156 on 5712 (Reading), 162 on 5722 (Writing), 150 on 5732 (Math); if GRE or MAT scores are provided as national test scores (see above); PPST may be WAIVED IF evidence is provided of prior certification in some area of education OR a Master’s degree from an accredited institution OR a composite score of 25 (26 if enhanced) on the American College Test (ACT) OR a score of 1035 (1125 if re-centered) on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) OR SAT combined Critical Reading and Math scores of 1170. Other tests may be substituted if documentation is provided and content is substantially equivalent to core
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission