Special Education

Special Education Concentration Map

Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to licensure as special educator in grades K-8, grade 7-age 21, or K-age 21.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Special Education Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with successful completion of a liberal arts or science major or equivalent as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children 

All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT. Candidates may be eligible for an additional endorsement (different content area or level) if requirements have been met. Interested candidates should consult with their advisor.

Required Courses:
(3 credits each unless otherwise noted)

Special Educator Grades K-8 Initial License

Special Educator Grade 7- Age 21 Initial License

Special Educator Grade K- Age 21 Initial License

One-Year Course Sequence (see chart below) or Two-Year Course Sequence (linked here)

 Fall Spring
1st Summer Session  2nd Summer Session GED 581 – Social/Emotional Development and Individual Differences Credits: 3 cr.  GED 661 – Special Education Practicum Credits: 6 cr.
GED 516 – Educational Foundations: Understanding the Past and Creating the Future Credits: 3 cr. GED 631 – Learning, Development and Individual Differences Credits: 3 cr. 
GED 632 – Assessment of Students within General and Special Education Credits: 3 cr.  GED 643 – Multisensory Language-Based Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities Credits: 3 cr.  GED 528 – Pre-K-6 Curriculum, Assessment and Management Credits: 4 cr.


GED 547 – Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Assessment Credits: 4 cr.
GED 662 – Special Education Seminar Credits: 3 cr. 
GED 612 – Math and Diversity Credits: 3 cr. GED 691 – Personalized Inquiry: Finding your Why Credits: 2 cr. 
GED 633 – Legal and Professional Issues in Special Education Credits: 3 cr. 
  GED 640 – Language and Learning Credits: 3 cr.
 9 credits 6 credits 14 credits 11 credits
 Public School Placement Summer School Placement  Practicum in Student Teaching Placement
6 hours/week 
Student Teaching Placement
Full time 

For more information on special education licensure, contact:

Amy Saks Pavese

License reciprocity

Vermont is part of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” outlines which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by the state. This means that in earning a recommendation for Vermont licensure candidates will fulfill most, if not all, requirements for licensure in many other states. Candidates are encouraged to check the Department/Agency of Education website for any other states in which they are planning to teach to determine if any additional requirements will need to be met. For updated information on the State of Vermont Board of Education Licensing Information, visit their website.