Early Childhood Special Education
Master's of Education: Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Program
The ECSE Graduate Program is designed to meet the needs of both new professionals who are considering a career with young children with disabilities and their families and in-place Early Childhood professionals who are seeking an advanced degree. The program will prepare candidates to serve eligible young children and their families through a model of collaboration with educators, related services personnel, health care workers and other community-based service providers. Successful candidates complete their program with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, professional teaching licensure in the state of Vermont, and an endorsement in ECSE birth to age six.
Core competencies include the abilities to:
- Promote children’s learning and development within natural environments and/or inclusive settings;
- Recognize and respect the diversity of family structures, preferences, and participation levels;
- Offer instructional practices that are guided by and sensitive to the family and child, supported by meaningful assessment information, and linked to developmentally and/or individually appropriate curricula;
- Strive to foster collaborative relationships with family members, peers of the same discipline, and individuals across disciplines.
- Access evidence based practices and apply them to practice to support the optimal development of young children and their families.
- Participate in field experiences and projects designed to increase cultural competence with a specific focus on children and families who are English language learners and/or refugees.
The University of Vermont ECSE Graduate Program has been awarded a U.S. Dept of Education Office of Special Education Programs Preparation Combined Priority for Personnel CFDA 84.325K grant for $800,000 to cover the tuition for competitive applicants. All applicants interested in the grant must first apply and be accepted to the graduate program. The top applicants will be contacted directly by the Program Coordinator, Jennifer Hurley, about the grant.
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