The Interprofessional Education (IPE) Project is an innovative and collaborative pathway to endorsement for master's level candidates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech Language-Pathology (SLP) and the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ESCE) programs at UVM. 

The IPE Project prepares candidates from the College of Education and Social Services and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to provide holistic services for young children with disabilities. Candidates in both the SLP and EI/ECSE programs will receive tuition though a $1.25 million grant awarded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

The IPE Project emphasizes providing collaborative and interdisciplinary services, employing evidence-based practices and data-based decision making, and working with children and families who are culturally and linguistically diverse who experience disability. Through shared coursework, group assignments, and coordinated clinical opportunities, the IPE Project works to address critical needs and personnel shortages pervasive in both the Speech-Language Pathology and Special Education fields.

Tuition Support

In 2018, the IPE Project was awarded a five-year, $1.25 million grant through the Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education and will provide 39 credits of tuition support to masters-level students enrolled in the Speech-Language Pathology program and 36 credits (full tuition) for students in the Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education program.  

Application Process

Speech Language Pathology

The M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech-Language Pathology program is a 53-credit program run through the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Please contact Shelley Velleman to learn more or apply to the IPE Project:

Shelley Velleman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Pomeroy Hall, 489 Main St.
Burlington, VT 05405
Shelley.Velleman@med.uvm.edu

Special Education

The M.Ed. in Special Education with Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education endorsement is a program run through the College of Education and Social Services. For more information about the IPE Project or to apply, please contact Jennifer Hurley:

Jennifer Hurley, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Special Education
Living and Learning C152
Burlington, VT 05405
V (802)656-4018
jennifer.hurley@uvm.edu