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Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education

The Early Childhood Special Education Program provides students with the foundation and skills to be successful early childhood educators who can create inclusive environments where learners from all backgrounds thrive. This pathway is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers working with children with special needs. Offered fully online, the program allows students the flexibility to complete all coursework and classroom field placements in their home communities.

This program is offered entirely online through WVU Online.

View ECSE in the Academic Catalog

Admissions Requirements

  • Enter with a 2.75 GPA (High school)

Admission for current WVU undergraduate students or transfer students

This population includes transfers from outside of WVU as well as major transfers from within WVU. This option requires students to:

  • Enter with a 2.75 overall GPA

Students must be admitted to West Virginia University to become students in the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education Program. Applicants will be required to pass the Praxis Core (reading, writing, math) by fall semester of year two.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to move to Morgantown to enroll in this program?

No. This program is offered fully online, so all coursework and field placement hours can be completed in your home community.

Can I complete my student teaching placement in my home community?

Yes, you will be able to complete your student teaching placement in or around your community. Please keep in mind that all student teaching placements must be completed in a public-school special needs classroom to meet the criteria for a West Virginia teaching certificate. Our placement officer will work with you to ensure your placement.

Will my teaching certificate be valid in states other than West Virginia?

Our program is tailored to meet the criteria for earning a teaching certificate in the state of West Virginia. In order to teach in another state besides West Virginia, you may need to complete additional criteria. Please check with the state where you are interested in teaching.

What are the requirements for admission to the program?

Students must be admitted to West Virginia University to become students in the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education Program. Applicants will be required to pass the Praxis Core (reading, writing, math) by fall semester of year two and must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75.

What is the difference between the online Early Childhood Special Education Program and the online Child Development and Family Studies Program?

The program structure and coursework are similar in several foundational child development and family studies courses. The major difference between these programs is you can obtain a teaching certificate with the Early Childhood Special Education certification. This is a state issued certification.

For more information contact:

Ashley Martucci
Phone: 304-293-4486
Email: ashley.martucci@mail.wvu.edu