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You can start working toward your master's degree as an undergraduate by participating in our Accelerated Master's Program (AMP). We offer a variety of licensure and non-licensure pathways leading to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education.

Why is the AMP in Special Education right for you?

Do you want to save time and money on your path to an advanced degree? Our nationally accredited Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) allows you to earn your Bachelor's and Master's degrees in just 5 years.

The AMP curriculum is identical to the Master’s in Special Education curriculum, but 6 credits are double-counted towards both the Master’s and your undergraduate degree. This is effectively a 6-credit scholarship for the graduate program.

Plus, an additional 3 credits of graduate coursework maybe taken while you're still an undergraduate, if you have completed all undergraduate degree requirements. And these count towards your Master’s only, but are paid for as part of your undergraduate tuition.

Community-Based Learning

We are dedicated to the belief that all students have worth and dignity. Throughout the program you will enhance your collaborative skills with families, teachers, administrators, human service providers, and employers. We are proud to provide candidates with authentic community-based learning, and you will participate in field experiences and projects designed to increase cultural competence.

Nationally Accredited Programs

UVM's Special Education graduate programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly known as NCATE). To find out more about our programs, see:

Choose Your Pathway

Our faculty will work closely with you to design an individualized program plan aligned with your interests and career goals. Learn more about each of the pathways listed below.

University Special Education Minors (Non-Teacher Education Students)

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

Undergraduate Program Courses (12 credits):

  • EDSP 005 Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities
  • EDSP 117
  • EDSP 280 Assessment in Special Education
  • EDSP 295 Practicum

Junior Year (6 credits), after acceptance to AMP:

  • EDSP 224 (Graduate Section) Meeting Instructional Needs of All Students
  • EDSP 310 Curriculum & Technology in Special Education

Graduate Program (24 credits):

Summer
  • EDSP 201 Foundations of Special Education
Fall
  • EDSP 311 Curriculum & Technology in Special Education
  • EDSP 322 Internship
  • EDSP 387 Collaborative Consultation
Spring
  • EDSP 202 Severe Disability Characteristics & Interventions
  • EDSP 323 Internship

Teacher Licensure Students

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

Undergraduate Program Courses (12 credits):

  • EDSP 005 Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities
  • EDSP 117
  • Minor Elective (e.g., EDTE 205, EDSP 295)

Junior Year (9 credits), after acceptance to AMP:

  • EDSP 224 (Graduate Section) Meeting Instructional Needs of All Students
  • EDSP 310 Curriculum & Technology in Special Education
  • EDSP 280 Assessment in Special Education

Graduate Program (21 credits):

Summer
  • EDSP 201 Foundations of Special Education
Fall
  • EDSP 311 Curriculum & Technology in Special Education
  • EDSP 322 Internship
  • EDSP 387 Collaborative Consultation
Spring
  • EDSP 202 Severe Disability Characteristics & Interventions
  • EDSP 323 (3 credits) Internship

Dual Certification Students

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

Undergraduate Program Courses (12 credits):

  • EDSP 005 Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities
  • EDSP 117
  • EDSP 290 Early Literature & Math Curriculum
  • EDSP 280 Assessment in Special Education

Junior Year (9 credits), after acceptance to AMP*:

  • EDSP 224 (Graduate Section) Meeting Instructional Needs of All Students (to be taken in Spring of senior year)
  • EDSP 296 (6 credits) Practicum (Fall - Student Teaching; Spring - Special Education Internship)

* If you are unable to apply to the AMP in your junior year, you may apply in your senior year. In that case, Spring EDSP 296 would count toward the AMP and your Master’s Program would require 24 credits (instead of 21 credits).

Graduate Program (21 credits):

Summer
  • EDSP 201 Foundations of Special Education
Fall
  • EDSP 311 Curriculum & Technology in Special Education
  • EDSP 322 (6 credits) Internship
Spring
  • EDSP 202 Severe Disability Characteristics & Interventions
  • EDSP 387 Collaborative Consultation
  • EDSP 310 Curriculum & Technology in Special Education

Teacher Licensure & Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (ECLD) Students

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

Undergraduate Program Courses (24-27 credits):

  • EDSP 005 Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities
  • EDSP 117
  • EDTE 056
  • LING 080 (also counts toward Special Education Minor)
  • EDTE 102
  • EDTE 205 (also counts toward Special Education Minor)
  • EDTE 201 Foundations of Special Education
  • EDTE 190 or LING 177/170
  • EDTE 295 Practicum (may be possible to waive)

Junior Year (9 credits), after acceptance to AMP:

  • EDSP 224 (Graduate Section) Meeting Instructional Needs of All Students
  • EDSP 310 Curriculum & Technology in Special Education
  • EDSP 280 Assessment in Special Education

Graduate Program (21 credits):

Summer
  • EDSP 201 Foundations of Special Education
Fall
  • EDSP 311 Curriculum & Technology in Special Education
  • EDSP 322 Internship
  • EDSP 387 Collaborative Consultation
Spring
  • EDSP 202 Severe Disability Characteristics & Interventions
  • EDSP 323 (3 credits) Internship

Early Childhood Special Education Students

This pathway is designed for students with an academic foundation in Early Childhood Special Education. Please contact Jen Hurley at jennifer.hurley@uvm.edu or Roman Vogel at roman.vogel@uvm.edu (during the summer) to discuss the AMP in Special Education leading to Early Childhood Special Education (EDSP) Endorsement/Certification.

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

Senior Year (9 credits)* after acceptance to AMP in junior year; to be taken in Spring of senior year:

  • ECSP 310 Curriculum in ECSE
  • EDSP 202 Severe Disabilities Characteristics and Intervention
  • ECSP 355 Implementation Science in ECSP

* Note: Only 6 of these 9 credits may count towards your Bachelor's degree.

Graduate Program (24 credits):

Fall of 5th Year (12 credits)
  • ECSP 202 Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers
  • EDSP 387 Collaborative Consultation
  • ECSP 311 Assessment in EI and ECSE
  • EDSP 217 Behavior Analysis in Special Education
Spring of 5th Year (12 credits)
  • ECSP 386 Internship EI/ECSE
  • ECSP 320 Seminar in EI/ECSE

If you are interested, you should complete the following steps:

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to ensure that you can take 9 credits of graduate work during the spring of your senior year.
  2. Meet with Jen Hurley (jennifer.hurley@uvm.edu) to discuss the AMP in Special Education leading to ECSP endorsement/certification.
  3. Apply to the Graduate College during your junior year.

Questions?

special.education@uvm.edu / 802-656-1411

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How to Apply

  • Students apply in the Fall semester of Junior year.
  • Application Deadline: November 1

What We Consider

  • GPA
  • Required essay explaining why the AMP is a good option for you and how you have demonstrated the ability to perform at the graduate level
  • Interview