Elementary / Secondary Education Licensure with Special Education Endorsement


Complete Inquiry I

Code Course Credits

Complete these Special Education courses (13 cr):

These courses can be woven through the eight semesters of undergraduate coursework and may require students to take an additional semester to finish.

Code Course Credits

EDU 2140

Cognitive Differences and Emotional Challenges

This course focuses on students with Low Incidence Disabilities grades K through 21 years who have severe and multiple disabilities, autism, moderate-severe learning impairments, sensory disabilities, and severe emotional and behavioral disabilities. Pre-service special educators will be learning about the characteristics of these students and the strategies to teach them academic and social skills within the regular classroom, in resource rooms, and in substantially separate classrooms. Emphasis is placed on interventions and assessment for functional academics, blended with life-skills and adaptive technology for students in K through 21 years of age. The field component of this course is 15 hours based on licensing area.

Prerequisite: EDU 1012



EDU 3130

Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties

This course focuses on students with High Incidence Disabilities K through age 21 who have learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactive disorders, and mild/moderate emotional and behavior disorders. Pre-service special educators will learn about the characteristics of these students and the strategies used to teach them collaboratively within the regular classroom and in resource rooms for academic and social success. Emphasis will be placed on diagnosing and remediating literacy difficulties across academic areas, and utilizing assistive technology to accommodate for these challenges in grades K through 21 years of age. The field component of this course is 15 hours based on licensing area.

Prerequisite: EDU 1012



EDU 3370

Models of Assessment and Intervention in Special Education

This course focuses on the role of the special education teacher K though 21 years of age, as he/she teaches students with learning disabilities, learning impairments, and behavioral challenges in the resource room and in the regular classroom. The emphasis is on planning, instruction, and assessment for students K through 21 years, including the linkage of assessment/evaluation with curriculum/instruction and technology. Students will be exposed to the most common assessment measures used to identify and teach students with special needs and the "paper process" that is legally required for all students with identified challenges. Emphasis is placed on literacy instruction and access to the general education curriculum. The field component of the course (60 hours) is designed to give the student hands-on practice, and opportunities for observation, teaching, and assessment that bridges previous coursework and leads to student teaching.

Prerequisite: EDU 1012



EDU 3380

Collaboration and Special Education Law

This course is an overview of laws that govern special education for students grades K through age 21. Special educators will learn collaborative strategies for their work with regular classroom teachers, specialists, parents and administrators. Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004), VT State Regulations, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973 will be explored.

Prerequisite: EDU 1012



Satisfy the requirements of Gateway I

  • receive a positive recommendation encouraging continuation in the program
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • select education and liberal arts faculty advisors
  • identify a liberal arts major
  • complete and submit the Declaration of Undergraduate Program (DUAP) form
  • make progress toward completion of the General Education program
  • pass Praxis I or meet the alternative requirements


Complete a Major and the General Education requirements

Students seeking Elementary Licensure have three options when selecting a major:

(1) Major in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS).

(2) Select a major in either literature, history, mathematics, or the sciences. Students selecting this option must:

  • complete MAT 3020
  • complete one course in children’s literature selected from: ENG 2411 - Nineteenth Century Children’s Literature (L), ENG 3620 - Overview Of Children's Literature (L), ENG 3630 - Poetry for Children (L), ENG 3640 - Images of the Child in Literature (L), ENG 3650 - Art of Children's Book Illustration (L), ENG 3660 - Folk Tales (L), or another appropriate children’s literature course approved by the Education Department.
  • take the ETS Praxis II examination for elementary education.

(3) Select any Liberal Arts major as allowed by the Vermont State Board of Education, if passing scores are received on Praxis II prior to the selection of the major.

Complete a minimum of 5 Pedagogy Lab credits

Pedagogy labs are courses of varied credits that are often connected to selected liberal arts courses. The labs provide prospective teachers with a series of opportunities to develop pedagogical content knowledge expected of exemplary teachers. Students seeking Elementary Licensure must complete one Pedagogy Lab course each in science, History, Geography, English, and the fine arts.

Complete 1 of these courses:

Code Course Credits

PSY 1050

Human Growth and Development

A survey of human developmental psychology from the prenatal period to late adulthood. The major focus is on theoretical and practical implications of developmental research for cognitive, personality and social development. Special attention will be given to interactions between maturation and experience.

Every semester


PSY 2110

Educational Psychology

An examination of the principles and theories of learning as they apply to the developmental changes of the child. Special emphasis will be placed on how the child learns and ways of producing optimal conditions for childhood learning.

Every semester


PSY 3265

Child and Adolescent Development

This course surveys the major areas of the psychology of child and adolescent development, emphasizing an understanding of the important methods, terms, theories, and findings in the field of child development.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester


Satisfy the requirements of Gateway II

  • pass the first portion of the electronic portfolio
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in education, including a 3.0 in their major and a 3.0 in their Pedagogy Labs
  • pass Praxis II for elementary education
  • receive a recommendation from members of their education and major faculty team to continue in the teacher education program


Complete Inquiry II

Code Course Credits

EDU 4720

Student Teaching Seminar

The seminar prepares the student for the student teaching experience, supports the student during this experience and introduces and/or reviews competencies associated with the role of the professional educator. Taken concurrently with EDU 4871 and EDU 4872.

Prerequisite: Required Education courses and Senior standing.


EDU 4871

Directed Student Teaching I

This course is an opportunity for the student to teach under the guidance of a qualified cooperating teacher and university supervisor. Taken concurrently with EDU 4720 and EDU 4872.

Prerequisite: Required Education courses, departmental recommendation, professional and intellectual competencies as stated in exit requirements.


EDU 4872

Directed Student Teaching II

A student may be advised to discontinue the student teaching experience at any time, if, in the professional judgment of the college supervisor, the director of field experience and cooperating teacher, the student does not possess the maturity, judgment, ethical standards, and dedication expected in the teaching profession.

Extension of student teaching. Under the guidance of a qualified cooperating teacher, the student gradually assumes responsibilities involved in classroom teaching. School and community relations are emphasized. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 4720 and EDU 4871.

Fee Lab fee $10.


To be recommended for licensure the student must:

  1. Complete all college and departmental course requirements.
  2. Pass both ETS Praxis I and Praxis II examinations.
  3. Exemplify in conduct and attitude the maturity, judgment, ethical standards, and dedication expected in the teaching profession.
  4. Receive a grade of “B” or better in EDU 4871, EDU 4872 and a “Pass" in EDU 4720.
  5. Complete all coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in Education courses.