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As a UVM undergraduate student, you can start working toward your master's degree through our Accelerated Master's Pathway (AMP). We offer a variety of licensure and non-licensure pathways leading to a Master of Education in Special Education (K through age 21) or Early Childhood Special Education (birth through age 6).

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 Pathway (AMP) allows you to earn both 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 6-9 credits are double-counted towards both the Master’s and your undergraduate degree. This is effectively a 6-9 credit scholarship for the graduate program.

Plus, an additional 3 credits of graduate coursework may be taken while you're still an undergraduate if you have completed all undergraduate degree requirements. These credits count toward your Master’s degree, 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.

With our signature "early and often" approach, field experiences begin in the first year. Student teaching internships in our community-based early intervention and early childhood special education programs provide the opportunity to work with young children and families, fully supported by dedicated faculty and mentor teachers.

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 degree programs, visit:


How to Apply

  • Students apply in the fall semester of Junior year for the Special Education (K-age 21) program or the fall of senior year for the Early Childhood Special Education (birth - age 6) program.
  • 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