Is UVM's Special Education Graduate Program right for you?
Our nationally accredited ECSE 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.
Successful candidates complete their program with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, professional teaching licensure in the state of Vermont, and an endorsement in ECSE birth to age six.
Through your work in our program, you will learn to:
- Promote children’s learning and development within natural environments and/or inclusive settings;
- Recognize and respect the diversity of family structures, preferences, and participation levels;
- Offer instructional practices that are guided by and sensitive to the family and child, supported by meaningful assessment information, and linked to developmentally and/or individually appropriate curricula;
- Foster collaborative relationships with family members, peers of the same discipline, and individuals across disciplines.
- Access evidence-based practices and apply them to practice to support the optimal development of young children and their families.
UVM prides itself on providing Early Childhood Special Education candidates with authentic community-based learning.
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.
Scholars leave our program with the skills needed to access research-based evidence and to judge its value in order to serve children and families with diverse needs.
As a student, you will have the opportunity to engage in research projects with faculty on a range of topics, such as the inclusion of young children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment and special education services for children who are English language learners.
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.
Your Schedule and Part-Time Study
We know that making a career change is a big step. To accommodating working professionals, our courses are generally offered in the evenings during the school year, allowing students to complete the program with greater ease.