What Our Graduates Say
"As a student in the Early Childhood Special Education master’s degree program, I had the opportunity to work with both university and community professionals in holistic learning environments. My mentors challenged me to pursue my research interests, and now support me in my goals to become both a leader in the field of education and as an advocate for children and families." Winnie Looby
We offer licensure (cross-categorical) and non-licensure pathways leading to a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Special Education. Our faculty will work closely with you to design an individualized program plan aligned with your professional interests and career goals.
Our nationally-accredited graduate program is designed to meet the needs of both new professionals who are considering a career with young children with disabilities and their families, as well as in-place early childhood professionals who are seeking an advanced degree.
Licensure or Endorsement Pathway
Successful candidates complete their program with a Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), leading to professional teaching licensure or added endorsement (birth through age six). If you are interested in our K through age 21 program, please visit our Special Education (M.Ed.) website.
If you are not seeking an initial license or added endorsement, you can pursue an individually-designed program leading toward a master's degree in special education suited to your career goals and personal interests.
New Tuition Support Opportunity
Recently UVM's Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention master's degree program received a $1.25 million grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. This grant will cover the full tuition for scholars (36 credits over two years at the in-state tuition rate) in exchange for agreeing to work in the field of special education after graduation. Learn more about our new Interprofessional Education Project opportunity for UVM students.
Families of children with disabilities and local professionals have a strong presence in our classes, and 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. Student teaching internships with our community partners provide the opportunity to work with young children and families, fully supported by dedicated faculty and mentor teachers.
Cultural, Linguistic and Economic Diversity
Our faculty are intentional about ensuring field experience in schools that serve Burlington’s diverse community. You will get hands-on experience working with families and children who are experiencing disability, English language learners, refugees, and people 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.
Scholars leave our program with the skills needed to access research-based evidence and to judge its value to serve children and families with diverse needs.
Our professors have extensive experience in special education, both in practice and in research. Faculty research contributes to the identification and use of evidence-based practices in special education and informs our curriculum and teaching methods. There are also opportunities for students to get involved with exciting research projects.
Accommodating Your Schedule
To accommodate working professionals, our courses are offered in the evenings.
UVM's Special Education graduate program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly known as NCATE).
To learn more about specific degree requirements for our M.Ed. program, please visit the UVM catalog.