Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted once per year, with a deadline of March 15
for acceptance in the fall semester of the next year. Interviews
are scheduled within two weeks of the deadline, and decisions made by
the end of April.
Can credits be transferred into the program?
Up to nine credits of relevant coursework may be transferred into the
MEd. program with the permission of the student’s advisor and the
Graduate College. Courses must be completed within five years and
related to the overall goals of the Special Education Program. This
includes courses taken prior to admission either at another
institution, or at UVM (Continuing Ed.). There is the possibility
of transferring an extra six credits if they are taken at UVM in the
immediate preceding semester to matriculation.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Most of our students attend on a part-time basis (one or two courses
per semester), completing their core courses and internship within two
to three years.
How many years do I have to complete the program?
Following the rules of the graduate college, the time limit to complete
the MEd is five years.
When are the courses offered?
Currently, the core courses are offered on weekday evenings
from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A limited number of courses are offered
over the summer months, for one or two intensive weeks.
Do you offer online courses?
On-line courses are not offered for the MEd. program.
What is the tuition?
Tuition costs for 2011-2012 Graduate credits are $537/credit-hour
for in-state students, and $1355/credit-hour for out-of-state
students. For a chart of graduate tuition and fees broken down by
credit hours, please click here
What are the major requirements of the program?
Students are required to complete 24 credit hours of core courses (or
equivalents), and 12 further credit hours of internship. A
portfolio will be completed during the internship, and the program
culminates in an oral examination/presentation of the portfolio.
For a complete list of requirements please see our requirements
When is the application deadline?
Applications must be complete with the graduate college by March 15 to
be considered for the following summer or fall.
How do I get an official stamp and my degree
recorded on my transcript?
After you successfully complete your program and it has been determined
by the Licensing Officer (Dr. DeMethra LaSha Bradley) in cooperation
program coordinator that you are eligible, the Registrar's Office
will stamp your transcript with the appropriate recommendation.
After the stamp is added to your transcript, you will be responsible
for applying directly to the state for your license.
Your transcript is stamped after you have successfully completed your
program and your grades and degree have been recorded on your
transcript by the Registrar's Office. Degrees appear on the transcript
after they have been approved by the Faculty Senate and the Board of
Trustees three times per year; in mid October, early March, and
means that if you finish your program requirements during the summer
months, you will be an October graduate. Finishing in December
you will be a March graduate, and finishing in May means you are a May
Please note that graduates who complete the requirements for program
completion during the summer months cannot graduate before
October Therefore, these students likely will not be eligible to
in September without a waiver from their school.
What is the difference between licensure and
The license means that you have successfully completed a State
Department of Education approved program, applied, and were deemed
eligible for authorization to teach by a specific state (e.g.
VT). The endorsement is generally listed on the license to
grade level and the content area.
How do I contact the Special Education Program?
You can contact us in the Special Education offices at 454 Waterman
Building, 85 South Prospect St, Burlington, VT 05405, by phoning
802-656-2936, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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