Department of Special Education

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMdS in Education and Human Services) 

The Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) in Education and Human Services (EDHS) degree program in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) is designed to provide undergraduates with a broad understanding of their chosen education and human service areas and a set of skills to help them become employable after graduation in careers in education and human services. Some students may organize the major in preparation for graduate work in specific disciplines such as Counseling, Education or Special Education. Other students may select minor areas that will qualify them to specific career opportunities  This program does not confer any professional certification or licensure.

The EDHS Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies is comprised of three minors. Two minors must be from within the College of Education and Human Services; the third minor is not limited to any particular college or school. but should be selected to complement the EDHS minors.

The current minors in the College include:

  • Child Development and Family Studies*
  • Disability Studies
  • Early Intervention
  • Family and Youth*
  • Human Services
  • Infants and Toddlers*
  • Special Education

*Students are not permitted to complete all three of these minors.

The EDHS/MDS program provides a list of career tracks illustrating how the minors can be combined to provide students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enhance their qualifications for specific careers in education or human services occupations. However, a student may also propose a combination of minors but they must demonstrate how the three chosen fields of study work together toward his/her educational and/or career goals. For example, one student may choose the areas of Family and Youth, Human Services, and Business Administration with the goal of a career in the administrative side of an agency that serves a diverse client base.  Another student may choose the areas of Disability Studies, early Intervention, and Infants and Toddlers, to prepare for a career as a Developmental Specialist in Birth to Three Services. The combinations and career options provide multiple pathways to a meaningful and satisfying career working with children or adults in education and human services.

Students who earn a degree in the Education and Human Services Multidisciplinary Studies program in the College of Education and Human Services must complete University requirements, College requirements for their specific degree program, and their three minor requirements. At the end of the program, students complete a capstone project that incorporates content from the three minor areas.

Admissions 

Admission to the MDS program in Education and Human Services is approved for several groups of students:

a. incoming freshmen upon regular admission to WVU, if they have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0.

b. transfer students from another college or university upon regular admission to WVU, if they have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5

c. transfer students from another school or college within WVU, if they have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5

d. transfer students from within the College of Education and Human Services, if they have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5

Once students are admitted to the MDS program, they will be assigned an advisor who will work with them to declare their three minors and plan a program of study.

Click here to view the Suggested Plan of Study

Degree Requirements for Multidisciplinary Studies in Education/Human Services (BMDS)

Students who earn a degree in the undergraduate program in Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services in the College of Education and Human Services must complete University requirements, College requirements for their specific degree program, and their three minor requirements. A minimum grade of C- is required in all minor area courses and in the capstone course.

General Education Curriculum

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Minor course requirements may not be used to fulfill GEF requirements.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF1)
3-6
or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing
GEF 2A/B Science and Technology4-6
GEF 3 Mathematics & Quantitative Skills3
GEF 4 Society & Connections3
GEF 5 Human Inquiry & The Past3
GEF 6 The Arts & Creativity3
GEF 7 Global Studies & Diversity3
GEF 8 Focus Coursework (choose any three additional GEF courses)9
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 required
EDHS 100Orientation to Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services1
EDHS 200Professional Inquiry in Education and Human Services3
EDHS 489Capstone Project: Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)3
A minimum grade of C- in all minor courses required
CEHS MINOR 115-19
CEHS MINOR 215-18
CEHS MINOR 3 OR MINOR OUTSIDE OF CEHS15-18
ELECTIVES (number of electives may vary depending on GEF overlap with minors selected) *36-21
Total Hours120
*

 A minimum of 30 hours of coursework for the degree must be at the 300 level or higher.

 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3Minor 1 Course 23
GEF 5 3GEF 4 3
GEF 7 3GEF 6 3
Minor 1 Course 13General Elective3
General Elective3EDHS 1001
 16 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 121 or higher (GEF 3)3Minor 2 Course 23
GEF 24Minor 2 Course 33
Minor 1 Course 33GEF 83
Minor 2 Course 13General Elective3
Minor 3 Course 13General Elective3
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDHS 200 or equivalent3Minor 3 Course 43
Minor 1 Course 43Minor 2 Course 43
Minor 3 Course 33Minor 1 Course 53
Minor 3 Course 43GEF 8 3
GEF 83General Elective or Minor Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Minor 1 Course 53EDHS 489 Capstone Project3
Minor 2 Course 53Minor 3 Course 53
Minor 3 Course 43General Elective3
General Elective or Minor Course 3General Elective3
General Elective or Minor Course3 
 15 12
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

Multidisciplinary Studies in Education/Human Services

This program has been designed so that program graduates can accomplish the following learning goals:

  • Develop knowledge and skills related to content in three minor areas in education and human services and related fields of study.
  • Integrate content from minor areas to study a problem of practice in education and human services.
  • Prepare and present professional products that identify, discuss and propose solutions for a problem of practice in education and human services.
  • Identify career options and pathways to future careers related to education and human services.

Certificate code - cu04

The Certificate in Disability Studies prepares students, as citizens, to cope with the complex economic and social issues related to disabilities by learning directly from persons with disabilities and their families. Students will be trained to enter the workforce with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to provide state-of-the-art services to persons with disabilities and their families, and to interact with co-workers who have disabilities.

Through the certificate program, students collaborate with, and learn from experts in the disability arena, including pediatric neurologists, geneticists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, special education leaders, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and others. These professionals, who are experienced clinicians, researchers, and educators, provide didactic instruction, clinical instruction, and mentorship to students.

Students will also have the opportunity to gain leadership and management skills that prepare them to enter the workforce with increased professional independence. The certificate program exposes students to social justice issues, Appalachian concerns, principles of practice, and cultural diversity while developing their expertise in rural practice environments. As part of the certificate program, students have the opportunity to observe clinics that serve those with disabilities and their families.

At least a B- is required in all certificate coursework.
Required Courses
DISB 380Disability and the Family3
DISB 385Disability and Society3
Electives (No more than 9 hours from a single subject)*9
*A project, clinical experience, or research that relates the student's major with persons with disabilities required.
Capstone Experience
DISB 486Capstone Portfolio: Disability1
Total Hours16