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Secondary Special Education

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    4 Years

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Program Overview

This degree allows you to obtain a multi-categorical Secondary Special Education certification with content endorsements in Mathematics, English, and Social Studies. Through this program, you will earn three of the five content endorsements supported by the WV Department of Education to meet the Highly Qualified teacher credential.

Upon completion of this degree, you will be prepared to teach Secondary Special Education in Social Studies, Mathematics, and English classrooms. Note that this is a certification in Multi-categorical Special Education only, and it does not lead to certification in general Secondary Education.

NOTE: All UC students have the opportunity to obtain a Secondary Multi-categorical Special Education certification, regardless of their major. They must complete the Education Core Requirements, Special Education Requirements, and at least one of the content endorsement area options.

Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA are eligible for general admission to UC, and will gain direct entry into this program. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.

Program Highlights

  • Our experienced faculty range from award-winning teachers and administrators, to National Board Certified Teachers, and curriculum specialists.

  • Our field experiences begin freshman year with ethnically and economically diverse students in rural, urban, and suburban schools where you’ll have multiple chances to interact with a wide variety of teachers and classrooms.

  • Student-athletes thrive in our programs, and we work to ensure our program schedule fits with your active practice schedules.

Program Outcomes

  • Careers and Beyond

    Upon graduation, you will be qualified to teach in a public or private school setting based on their certification and grade-level area. Our graduates have become teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, and state department of education employees.

    Our graduates also attend graduate programs across the country to obtain master’s degrees and doctorates.

  • Many graduates currently work in the following states:

    • Connecticut
    • Florida
    • Illinois
    • Kentucky
    • Maryland
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • Virginia
    • West Virginia

Additional Information

Our education programs are accredited by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)/ Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Meet the Faculty


Meet the Faculty


Susan Malinoski, EdD

Education Program Director, Assistant Professor