Department website: http://www.cehs.wvu.edu
- Master of Arts
- Educational Psychology (emphases in Educational Psychology, Child Development and Family Studies, or Program Evaluation and Research)
- Higher Education Administration (online)
- Higher Education Administration - Student Affairs Specialization
- Instructional Design and Technology (online)
- Literacy Education (online)
- Master of Science
- Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (online)
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Doctor of Audiology
- Doctor of Education
- Higher Education Administration
- Instructional Design and Technology (online)
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Counseling Psychology
- Educational Theory and Practice
- Higher Education
- Learning Sciences and Human Development
The facilities of the College of Education and Human Services include Allen Hall on the Evansdale campus and the WVU Child Development Laboratory/Nursery School. This building has a number of technology based classrooms, conference rooms, a computer lab, research space, and faculty and staff offices. It also houses the Collaborative Assistive Technology Education Laboratory, the Program Evaluation and Research Center, the Teaching and Learning Technologies Center, the WVU Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education, and the WVU Speech and Hearing Clinic. Students may obtain additional information about a particular graduate program by writing to the coordinator of that program or contacting the department.
Nature of the Programs
Some graduate programs require the successful completion of clinical experiences and placements in approved sites. Placements are arranged and evaluated by faculty and the professional judgments of faculty are used to determine continuation of students in these placements. Students may obtain additional information about a particular graduate program by writing to the coordinator of that program.
Master's degree programs require at least thirty semester hours of coursework that may or may not include research, dependent on their programs of study. No student may be awarded a master's degree unless the student has a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all work taken for the graduate degree. Students are unable to repeat a required graduate course more than once. Master's students are allowed a maximum period of 8 years (16 semesters, not including summer terms) – from date of admission to successful degree completion – to earn the degree.
Doctoral degrees are not awarded on the basis of the completion of any set number of credits. The final determination of the program of coursework and research is the responsibility of students' doctoral committees. Students and their committees will identify competencies to be developed and how they will be assessed. These will be stated in students' individual programs. Students must be enrolled in the semester in which their candidacy examinations occur. Upon successful completion, students will formally propose their dissertation prospectus to the committee. The candidate must submit and justify a prospectus for a doctoral dissertation. The doctoral committee must review and approve, approve with change, or reject the outline or prospectus. Upon fulfillment of the program requirements set by the doctoral committee, the student must successfully defend the dissertation. If the student receives more than one unfavorable vote from the committee, the candidate will not be recommended for the doctoral degree. Doctoral students are allowed a maximum period of 10 years (20 semesters, not including summer terms) – from date of admission to successful defense of the dissertation – to earn the degree. Exceptions to this policy will be determined on a case-by-case basis where necessary (e.g., student leave of absence due to illness).
- Tracy Morris - Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
- Jessica Troilo - Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
- Melissa Luna - Ph.D.
Degree Designation Learning Outcomes
Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS)
The College of Education and Human Services offers graduate programs that lead to masters and doctoral degrees in specific fields of study and areas of professional practice. Learning goals for students in Master of Arts and Master of Science degree programs include:
- Developing depth and breadth of knowledge across the specialized body of theoretical information and applied topics
- Developing knowledge of the issues and discourses that are central to the discipline
- Learning to effectively communicate one’s knowledge about the discipline
- Learning to engage in analytical thinking to address problems in the discipline
- Engaging in collaborative activities in communities of practice with the discipline
Doctor of Education (EdD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctoral programs build on and extend knowledge and skills related to masters level programs. Students in both the Doctor of Education (EdD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs engage in structured research experiences to develop a deeper understanding of educational research as they build research skills by designing and conducting theory-driven inquiry-based studies.
Doctor of Audiology (AUD)
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) program has been designed to provide a firm understanding of the normal processes of hearing and communication with the academic and clinical preparation to diagnose and treat the full range of hearing disorders in all age groups. Our goal is to prepare audiologists who are competent to work in a wide variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, clinics, special treatment centers, schools, industry, and private practice. To this end, the following goals have been established by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University:
- Graduates will demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills necessary to practice audiology in diverse settings encompassing all of the many facets of our profession.
- Graduates will demonstrate an ability to work autonomously, using sound judgment in a competent and ethical manner.
- Graduates will contribute to the profession and their community via active membership in professional organizations, scholarly activity, and taking the initiative in public education concerning hearing and balance disorders.
- Graduates will be employed as audiologists serving the hearing impaired populaces, industry, and the medical community with special emphasis in underserved areas of our state.
The following programs have specialized accreditation through the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech - Language Pathology.
- Speech - Language Pathology
The following programs have a specialized accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
- Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The following programs have specialized accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and is a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation eligible provider.
Elementary Education/MDS- Early Education
Elementary Education/MDS- General Science
Elementary Education/MDS- Mathematics Education
Elementary Education/MDS- Multicategorical Special Education
Elementary Education/MDS- Social Studies
Elementary Education/MDS- World Language Education
Secondary Education- Biology Education
Secondary Education- Chemistry Education
Secondary Education- English
Secondary Education- General Science Education
Secondary Education- Math Education
Secondary Education- Physics Education
Secondary Education- Social Studies Education
Secondary Education/MDS- Biology and Integrated Science
Secondary Education/MDS- Chemistry and Integrated Science
Secondary Education/MDS- Physics and Integrated Science
- School Counseling
- Speech-Language Pathology
Graduates of our state-approved preparation programs are eligible for recommendations for certification/licensure issued by appropriate state agencies. Since certification requirements are changed periodically by the state, the fulfillment of certification requirements as presented in this catalog cannot guarantee compliance with the most recent requirements. The West Virginia State Department of Education requires that a degree be from an accredited institution of higher education for licensure and salary purposes. Students are, therefore, encouraged to seek the counsel of members of the faculty, their advisors, and the college certification officer on matters pertaining to degree and certification requirements.