Students develop the abilities to:
The program builds upon our PreK-3 Early Childhood Program and involves a significant field-based component. Experience is offered in a wide array of early intervention and early childhood services within the campus (UVM Campus Children's Center), local community, and region. Successful completion of the program leads to a recommendation for teacher licensure in the state of Vermont. Successful completion makes equally possible application for teacher licensure to other states.
In addition to general education and college specific requirements, students in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSP) complete a sequence of professional courses related to early childhood special education and an academic major concentration in an arts and sciences discipline.
The ECSP professional preparation during the first two years is the same as the curriculum for the Early Childhood PreK-3 majors. This overlap leads to ECSP students being eligible for two teaching endorsements – one in Early Childhood PreK-3 and the other in Early Childhood Special Education Birth through Age 6. The sequence begins with two foundation courses preparing students in the basic principles and research findings in the discipline of child development and how this knowledge can form the basis for educational practice. Students also examine the context of development preparing them to recognize that development is an interdependent and intertwined process.
The program is approved by the Vermont State Department of Education, which has reciprocity with many states and the District of Columbia and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).