Students who pursue the certification option will complete coursework
that allows them to apply for licensure in Early Childhood Special
Education from the West Virginia Department of Education; this
coursework includes field experiences and student teaching in special
needs PreK classrooms. Beginning in Fall 2021, students may enter the
early childhood special education program.
Students who pursue certification options complete coursework that allows them
to apply for licensure in Preschool Education from the
West Virginia Department of Education, and is best suited for students interested
in working in public preschool classrooms.
Admission requirements include:
Passing the PRAXIS CORE is required for admission to this option.Students are strongly encouraged to take and pass the PRAXIS CORE as soon as the major is declared, and must have all subject areas passed by start of Fall year 2. Please see ets.org for WVDE scores and test codes. You may also be exempt from taking the Praxis Core if you meet the minimum score on the ACT or SAT as determined by the state of West Virginia.
Passing the PRAXIS II.Praxis II is required prior to enrolling in Special Education Student Teaching (ECSE 419)
Maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0.Earning a “C” or better in all CDFS and ECSE courses.
Passing edTPA with WV state approved scores during ECSE 419.
Having the prek special needs certification and endorsement will prepare graduates for greater employment opportunities, as most school systems are required by law to be fully inclusive (preschool classrooms include children with special needs). The student will have experience and the required courses preparing them to teach in a prek special needs classroom.
Related Student/Professional Organization
Phi Upsilon Omicron
Phi Upsilon Omicron, or Phi U, is the National Honor Society for Family and Consumer Sciences. The focus of Phi U is a service to the community and leadership development.