Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted twice per year, with a deadline of
February 1 for acceptance in the fall semester of the next year and
November 1 for the following spring. Interviews are scheduled
within two weeks of the deadline, and decisions made
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
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 2013-2014 Graduate credits are $572/credit-hour
for in-state students, and $1444/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
comprehensive 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
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 with the 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
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 May. This means that if you finish your program
requirements during the summer months, you will be an October
graduate. Finishing in December means you will be a March
graduate, and finishing in May means you are a May graduate.
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 begin teaching 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
indicate the 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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