Why is our program right for you?
Our program is dedicated to the belief that all students have worth and dignity. We seek to promote the success of all K–12 students through inclusive education, collaboration, family-centered practice, a supports model approach to understanding disability, evidence-based practice, data-based decision making, and a strengths-based climate in which students, families, and school staff feel welcomed, respected, and supported. Throughout the program you will enhance your collaborative skills with families, teachers, administrators, human service providers, and employers.
Licensure or Endorsement Pathway
Successful completion of the program leads to initial licensure or added endorsement in Special Education for Grades K-8, Grades 7-12, or Grades K-12. Advanced options can lead to added endorsements (i.e., Intensive Special Education Teacher, Special Education Consulting Teacher).
If you are not seeking an initial license or added endorsement, you can pursue an individually-designed program leading toward a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education suited to your career goals and personal interests. This option is meant for licensed teachers and special educators seeking to extend their skills and knowledge, or other professionals planning to work with students who have disabilities in roles other than as a special educator (e.g., recreation, community living, employment).
We are proud to provide candidates with authentic community-based learning. Local professionals and families of children with disabilities have a strong presence in our classes. Our students are welcomed into their field experiences by professionals dedicated to sharing their expertise with UVM scholars. Field-based experiences are designed to enable candidates to put theory into practice within supportive, high-quality environments that value both diversity and inclusion.
Cultural, Linguistic and Economic Diversity
You will participate in field experiences and projects designed to increase cultural competence. Our faculty are intentional about ensuring field experience in schools that serve Burlington’s diverse community. You will get hands-on experience serving families and children who are experiencing disability, English language learners, refugees, and/or living with poverty. Given the diverse community characteristics of Burlington, UVM is in the ideal setting for preparing teachers who are committed to inclusion and social justice.
Our Faculty and Opportunities for Research
Your professors have extensive experience in special education, both in practice and in research. Our faculty's research contributes to the identification and use of evidence-based practices in special education and informs our curriculum and teaching methods. There are always opportunities to get involved in research. Find out more by viewing our faculty profiles.
Accommodating Your Schedule
To accommodating working professionals, our courses are generally offered in the evenings during the school year.
UVM's Special Education Graduate Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly known as NCATE).