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New VT-HEC Opportunities in Special Education & Early Childhood Education

Initial Licensing Programs in Special Education & Early Childhood

VT-HEC is pleased to announce three new pathways for individuals interested in becoming licensed special educators, early childhood educators, or early childhood special educators. 

On January 12, 2022, following extensive review by the Agency of Education, the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators voted to approve VT-HEC’s application to offer initial licensure programs in these areas. This will expand pathways to licensure for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in areas other than education. 

Applications are being accepted now. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Program Director, Joy Wilcox ([email protected]), for information about the Special Education licensure program, and Program Director, Manuela Fonseca ([email protected]), for information about Early Childhood Education and/or Early Childhood Special Education. 

Limited scholarship funds are available for both programs for students who do not have financial support for professional development from their workplace. 

Additional details about all programs will be posted at


Dennis has been the Director of the the VT-HEC since it was founded in 2000. He spent 16 years at the VT-DOE as Director of teams with various names that included: special education, Title I, health and wellness and other family and education support services. Prior to that Dennis worked at the Barre Town School (VT) starting as a special educator and serving many years as the Director of Student Support Services. He also spent 6 years as a classroom teacher grades 5-8 in NJ.

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