"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 G'17
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.
Begin Coursework Any Semester
Start taking coursework any semester (summer, fall, or spring) and apply for admission into the master's degree program. Non-degree students can take EDSP 5100 and EDSP 6130 in Fall 2023 and transfer credits into the master's program (Jump start degree).
Community-Based Learning in Inclusive Settings
Field-based experiences let students to put theory into practice in supportive, high-quality environments that value inclusion. Student teaching internships with our community partners provide opportunities to work with young children and families who are experiencing disability, fully supported by dedicated faculty and local professionals who serve as mentor teachers.
Scholars leave our program with the skills to serve children and families with diverse needs. Our professors have extensive experience in practice and research that contributes to the use of evidence-based practices in special education. We welcome students to get involved with research projects.
UVM's Special Education Graduate Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).