University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Special Education Programs

Applying to the Graduate Program in Special Education

Applications to the program are due on February 15 and November 1 of each year and may be obtained through the Graduate College at the University of Vermont ( Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field that includes at least 30 hours of course work in a specific content area, and a GPA of at least a 3.0 in this course work. Preference is given to candidates with two years of teaching and/or related experience in special education. For more information on the program or application process, please contact Roman Vogel at or (802) 656-2936. You may also contact the Program Coordinator, Colby Kervick, at or (802) 656-1427.

Why is everyone talking about UVM's Graduate Program in Special Education?

The Graduate Program in Special Education prepares special educators who serve students in grades K -12 with diverse strengths, needs, talents, and abilities. Our goal is to provide educators with knowledge and skills in working with students with disabilities and their parents, teachers, administrators, human service providers, and employers. We seek to promote the success of all K – 12 students through implementing research and evidence-based practices in inclusive settings, promoting high achievement for all students, and creating a collaborative, strengths-based climate in which students with disabilities, their families, and school staff feel welcomed, respected, and supported. The Special Education Program is dedicated to the belief that all students have worth and dignity, and that schools and communities can create environments in which all students achieve pursue individually appropriate and meaningful learning outcomes.

Program Features

The UVM Special Education Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly known as NCATE). Courses are generally offered in the evenings during the school year, allowing students to complete the program while working.

Our Faculty

Our faculty members are experienced special educators whose research contributes to the identification and use of evidence-based practices in special education and informs our curriculum and teaching methods. Click here to view our faculty profiles.

Our Students

Here’s what some of our current and future graduate students are saying about our Special Education program:

  • "I cannot say enough about the Master's program in Special Education at UVM. The program addresses the many facets of a Special Education Teacher's job - understanding of disability, teaching strategies, collaborative teaming, working with families, behavioral analysis and intervention, and assessment. In addition, the program provides invaluable teaching and learning experiences during the internship with a wealth of feedback based on observation. The professors provide not only wonderful, engaging instruction in class, but take great strides to ensure the professional preparation of their students, and are eager to help even after completion of the program."
  • "My graduate experience at UVM was excellent! Relationships, rigor, and relevance are three words that help define the most important components of the program for me. The faculty worked with me on an individual basis to outline the best fit courses according to my prior experience in education as well as my ultimate career goals. I felt appropriately supported as well as challenged socially, emotionally, and academically throughout the program. Now, four years after graduation, I still find myself continually returning to resources, discussions, and influences from the program to build upon my ever-evolving pedagogy."
  • "This is a truly outstanding program. The professors are knowledgeable and personable, the curriculum is thorough and challenging and the experience is invaluable. My transition from graduate student to special educator was as natural as breathing: I felt completely at ease in the classroom from day one."


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