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
Our nationally-accredited graduate program is designed to meet the needs of both new and in-place early childhood professionals seeking an advanced degree. 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.
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.
Tuition Scholarship Opportunities
Recently our master's degree program received a $1.25 million grant from the United States Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This grant covers 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 (IPE) opportunity for UVM students.
For those not receiving tuition support through the OSEP grant, we have other graduate tuition scholarships available to qualified applicants.
Community-Based Learning in Inclusive Settings
Field-based experiences enable our students to put theory into practice within supportive, high-quality environments that value inclusion. Student teaching internships with our community partners provide the 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 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. We also have 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.