Special Education Minor

The minor in Special Education offers courses in foundations of special education, assessment practices, and methods for supporting students with disabilities in general education classrooms and community contexts.  Students apply to the minor by completing an application available through the Special Education program (spedmin@uvm.edu).  Fall applications are due November 1; Spring applications are due March 15.  Accepted students must meet with an advisor to develop an approved program plan outlining a course of study in one of two options:

Option 1: University Special Education Minor
The 18-hour University Special Education Minor is most often accessed by UVM students who wish to learn more about supporting persons with disabilities in inclusive classrooms and community settings.  Students have the option of completing the 18-hour requirement through one of the following specialty pathways or a combination of one or more specialty pathways:  Special Education and Behavioral Mental Health, Special Education and Communication Sciences, Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education and Psychology.

Option 2:  Dual Certification (Teacher Licensure students only)
The 21-24 credit hour dual certification pathway allows future prek-12 teachers to complete teacher licensure in their chosen area of general education along with dual certification as a Special Educator.  Students complete designated core courses as well a full year of student teaching in both special education and general education in one school.  Students must complete an additional application into the Dual Certification program during the fall of their Junior year, but should begin planning with their advisor as soon as they are accepted into the Special Education minor in their first or second year.  Acceptance into the Dual Certification option requires an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better, a grade point average of 3.5 or better in all special education courses, as well as meeting additional application criteria.  Students in CESS Teacher Licensure programs who are interested in learning more about dual certification and/or accelerated master’s degree options should contact the Special Education program.


Option 1: Open to ALL University students 

Required prior to admission into Minor:
EDSP 005D2:Iss Aff Persons W/Disabil3
Select at least two of the following EDSP Core Courses/200-level courses:6
Behavior Analysis in SpecialEd
Meeting Inst Needs/All Stdnts
Assessment in Special Ed
Early Lit and Math Curriculum
Adolescent Lit & Math Curric
Severe Disabil Char&Intervent
D2:Culture of Disability
Laboratory Exp in Education (Practicum)
Select three additional courses from the list above or from the following options. One course must be at the 100-level or above:9
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
D2: Understanding Deaf Culture
Intermediate Special Topics (Understanding Deaf Culture)
Intro to Disordered Comm
Introduction to Phonetics
Linguistics for Clinicians
Dev of Spoken Language
Speech & Hearing Science
Cognition & Language
Autism Spect Dis:Assess&Interv
Augmentative Communication
Individlzd Prac for Inclusion
D2: Bullying & Discrimination
Personal Health
Developing Curriculum for ELLs
Fmly Schl & Cmty Collaboration
Adapted Physical Activity
Special Topics (Promoting Mental Health in Schools)
Introduction to Linguistics
Structure of English Language
American English Dialects
Phonetic Theory and Practice
Introduction to Syntax
Introduction to Pragmatics
Self and Social Cognition
Emotional Devlmt & Temperament
Social Development
Fit Kids Applied Research
Behav Disorders of Childhood
Contemporary Issues (PBIS in Schools)
A 200-level EDSP elective

Option 2: Dual Certification (Teacher Licensure students only)

EDSP 005D2:Iss Aff Persons W/Disabil3
EDSP 217Behavior Analysis in SpecialEd3
EDSP 224Meeting Inst Needs/All Stdnts3
EDSP 280Assessment in Special Ed3
EDSP 290Early Lit and Math Curriculum3
EDSP 296Laboratory Exp in Education 16