The Special Education graduate program is designed for licensed teachers seeking to earn their endorsement in special education to teach students from kindergarten to age 21. The program is based on a characteristics approach and focuses on students with both low- and high-incidence disabilities. The program of study provides students with philosophical, theoretical and practical models of current special education policies and procedures. It emphasizes hands-on internship experiences to provide opportunities for students to implement their learning in authentic settings and to further solidify the connection between research and practice. Students must have a relevant and valid Vermont teaching license, complete the course requirements and participate in an extensive special education practicum in order to be considered for endorsement. A transcript analysis is required to determine whether previous content area coursework fulfills these requirements; the Licensure Office or its designee will conduct the review. The student may need to take additional content courses in order to be endorsed for licensure.