The Master’s Program in Special Education qualifies students for Vermont licensure in the following area: Special Educator in Grades K-8 and Grade 7-Age 21. To acquire practical experience across the range of the endorsement, students complete a 60-hour early field experience practicum prior to their 15 week student teaching placement. The program provides students with an understanding of the issues, laws, and practices in special education. There is an emphasis on full inclusion, assessment, collaboration, and team teaching.

Specific Admission Requirements

A prior course in the teaching of reading or GRE 512: Developmental Reading

Program Requirements
General Education Core

  • GED 500 Educational Research
  • GED 505 Educational Psychology
  • GED 506 Fundamentals of Education
  • GED 509 Math Concepts and Methods

Area of Concentration

  • GRE 513 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation
  • GSP 503 Behavioral and Learning Characteristics of Students with Special Needs
  • GSP 504 Assessment in Special Education
  • GSP 505 Instruction and Curriculum in Special Education
  • GSP 506 Program Development and Management in Special Education
  • GSP 508 Special Education Law


  • GSP 520A Practicum in Special Education*
  • GSP 520 Student Teaching in Special Education*

*A grade of B or better is required.

Additional Competency: This competency may be met by previous courses taken to meet the requirements of the undergraduate degree.
Developmental Psychology (covering the lifespan)