The goal of the Graduate Program in Special Education is to prepare competent and caring professionals who are able to make connections and create meaning in all aspects of their work. The licensure program offers experiences for students to collaborate with other adults and take on the responsibilities of a special educator for a school year. Hallmarks of the program are the case study approach, the strong emphasis on practicum experiences, and the training in collaboration.
Master of Education or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies programs may lead to Vermont teacher licensure or endorsement as Special Educator. Students may also design a M.Ed. or a C.A.G.S. program with a concentration in general special education. Students may choose 18 credits in Special Education electives or may add the Special Educator additional endorsement. After the Special Educator license, students may also pursue an additional endorsement for Consulting Teacher. A Master’s is required for the Consulting Teacher endorsement.
Special Education Endorsement Required Courses (26 credits)
You may be required to take GED 613 Mathematics in the K-8 Classroom and/or GED 522 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Classroom if you have not had a similar course. Two years of experience with students is also required.
Students with an initial Vermont teaching license working towards a Special Educator endorsement take the following courses: