College of Education and Professional Development

Undergraduate Special Education


The Multi-categorical Special Education endorsement prepares pre-service teachers to teach public school students having learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and behavior disorders. The program is an add-on certification to the elementary K-6, or the secondary 5-adult degree. The successful candidate will be certified to teach in most general special education classrooms. Pre-service students receive content in courses related to the characteristics and behavior of students with multi-categorical disabilities, assessment, and strategies related to teaching and planning unique, individualized lessons.

Pre-service students adding on in multi-categorical special education will have added marketability as most special education pre-service candidates are approached during student teaching with potential teaching positions in special education.


Endorsement (Elementary grades K-6)

      • Must be admitted to the Elementary Education program
      • Undergraduate GPA of 2.80 or higher (both MU and overall)

Endorsement (Secondary grades 5th-Adult)

      • Must be admitted to a Secondary Education program
      • Undergraduate GPA of 2.80 or higher (both MU and overall)

Plans of Study

Click here to see the add-on endorsement to Elementary Education.

Click here to see the add-on endorsement to a Secondary Education program.

Course Rotation Plan

To see what courses are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters respectively, click here.


For questions or further information regarding the Special Education program please contact:

Dr. Debra Lockwood
Assistant Professor and Program Director
Education Building 106E
Phone: 304-696-2853

Faculty & Staff Directory

For information on the program faculty and staff, click here.