The Special Education Program
About the Program
The Special Education Master's Program at UVM leads to recommendation for either primary licensure or secondary endorsement as a Special Education Teacher. Most of our students are full-time teachers or para-educators, and our program is designed with them in mind. Our fall and spring semester courses all take place on campus between 4 and 7pm. Most students complete the full 36 credit program in two to four years, including a full-year internship, usually within their school of employment.
If you are a currently licensed teacher, you may choose a
endorsement as a Consulting Teacher, an Intensive Special Needs
Educator, or a combination of the two. There is a separate
endorsement program in
Early Childhood Special Education. Please see their
Students who are not currently licensed teachers may seek their
initial license as a VT Special Educator, but will need to pass
the PRAXIS I exam before beginning their internship (after
August 31, 2014 PRAXIS 1 will be phased out and PRAXIS CORE will
be required). Initial licensure
students also need to have a B.A. or equivalent in an Arts and
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.
faculty are experienced special
educators whose research contributes to the identification
and use of evidence-based
practices in special education and informs our curriculum
methods. Click here to view our faculty profiles.
What Students are Saying
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
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
professional preparation of their students, and are eager to
help even after
completion of the program.
experience at UVM was
excellent! Relationships, rigor, and relevance are
three words that help
define the most important components of the program for me.
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
I felt appropriately supported as well as challenged
emotionally, and academically throughout the program.
Now, four years
after graduation, I still find myself continually returning
discussions, and influences from the program to build upon
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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