Special Education Minor

The minors in Special Education offer 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 by October 15; 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 minors:

Special Education Minor

The 18-hour 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 a range of options drawing from the fields of: Special Education and Behavioral Mental Health, Special Education and Communication Sciences, and Special Education and Psychology.

Special Education Minor: Endorsement (Teacher Licensure students only)

The 21-24 credit hour minor with endorsement 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 during the fall of Junior year to be approved for special education student teaching.Acceptance into special education student teaching 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.



Required prior to admission into minor:
EDSP 005D2:Iss Aff Persons W/Disabil3
Required Course
EDSP 117D2:Behavior Management3
Select at least 6 credits from the following EDSP Core Courses/200-level courses:6
D2:EI for Infants and Toddlers
Curriculum in ECSP
Assessment in EI/ECSE
Preventing School Shootings
Meeting Inst Needs/All Stdnts
D2:Culture of Disability
Restorative Approaches Schools
Assessment in Special Ed
Early Lit and Math Curriculum
Laboratory Exp in Education
Select at least 6 additional credits from the list above or from the following options:6
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
D2: 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
Developing Curriculum for ELs
Fmly Schl & Cmty Collaboration
D2:Indiv Prac for Inclusion
Personal Health
Early Childhood Internship
D1:Race, Bullying &Discrim
Special Topics
Contemporary Issues
Resilnce Equity&Intrprof Prac
Adapted Physical Activity
The Helping Relationship
Introduction to Linguistics
Structure of English Language
Phonetic Theory and Practice
Introduction to Syntax
Introduction to Pragmatics
Emotional Devlmt & Temperament
Social Development
Fit Kids Applied Research
Fit Kids: Special Populations
Behav Disorders of Childhood

SPECIAL EDUCATION: ENDORSEMENT (Teacher Licensure students only)

EDSP 005D2:Iss Aff Persons W/Disabil3
EDSP 117D2:Behavior Management3
EDSP 224Meeting Inst Needs/All Stdnts3
EDSP 280Assessment in Special Ed3
EDSP 290Early Lit and Math Curriculum3
EDSP 296Laboratory Exp in Education 16