University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Special Education (Master of Education)


This master's program is designed to prepare students to collaborate with families, educators, and other professionals and service agencies in the development, implementation and evaluation of instructional programs and supports for learners with disabilities in integrated school and community settings. The program requires that students have appropriate professional experience.

Three primary areas of emphasis within the program are Consulting Teacher/Learning Specialist, Early Childhood Special Education and Intensive Special Education. All three areas have State of Vermont approved licensure endorsement tracks, and successful completion leads to a licensure endorsement for special education in Vermont.

  • Special Educator - Consulting Teacher/Learning Specialist: Students are prepared to collaborate with families, educators and other professionals in the design, implementation and evaluation of instruction for learners with mild to moderate disabilities in integrated regular elementary, middle or high school classrooms.
  • Early Childhood Special Education: Students are prepared to provide individualized, family-centered special education services to young children with disabilities and their families through both direct and collaborative delivery systems coordinated with social service agencies in integrated home, preschool and community settings in rural areas.
  • Intensive Special Education: Students are prepared to provide direct and collaborative instruction to learners with moderate to severe disabilities on the basis of identified activities, skills, adaptions and transitions needed for learners to function in current and future integrated school, home and other community environments, with services involving learners' parents and a variety of professional disciplines.

In addition, a Certificate of Advanced Study (Post-Master's Certificate) with a usual total of 36 credit program may be arranged for applicants who have already earned a Master's degree.

Additional information on the above should be requested from the Program Coordinator.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Specific courses are required for each area (Special Educator - Consulting Teacher/Learning Specialist, Early Childhood Special Education or Intensive Special Education), as well as a full year internship. Students seeking admission to a licensure endorsement track must meet additional requirements. Contact the Special Education Program for assistance with questions on admissions requirements.


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