College of Education and Social Services (CESS)
Contact InformationUniversity of Vermont
College of Education and Social Services
528 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405
Phone: (802) 656-3468
Fax: (802) 656-1208
The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) offers undergraduate programs in Human Development and Family Studies, Social Work, and Teacher Education (Art, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary, Middle Level, Music, Physical Education, and Secondary Education). First-year students may elect an Undecided major while exploring the above options within the college. Students who have completed one year of course work at UVM and who demonstrate interest in an area of study related to CESS offerings may pursue an Individually Designed Program (IDP). All programs require course work in the liberal arts and sciences along with professional preparation through course work and internships in school and community settings.
Enrolled UVM students wanting to transfer to the CESS should access the online form at the registrar’s website by clicking on Student Forms. Students enrolled in appropriate programs in other academic units may apply to complete teacher licensure requirements for Secondary Education while they remain in their home college/school.
Students will only be considered eligible for transfer or dual degrees within licensure programs if they currently have an overall grade-point average of 2.50 or above; students in teacher education programs must also be able to earn an overall grade-point average of 3.00 or above by the time they reach student teaching and program completion.
Programs in the College of Education and Social Services lead to four bachelor’s degrees.
Bachelor of Science. The programs listed below lead to this degree.
Human Development and Family Studies. This program examines the way people grow and develop, form relationships and families, and learn to cope with the common and uncommon events of life.
Social Work. The principal educational objective of the program is to prepare students for beginning social work practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities.
Teacher Education/Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3). Focus is on the education and development of children birth to age 8 leading to licensure and an endorsement for birth to grade 3.
Teacher Education/Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Age 6). Focus is on the education and development of children ages birth to age 6 with special needs leading to licensure and an endorsement in early childhood special education. Students completing this program get endorsed in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education.
Bachelor of Science in Art Education.
Teacher Education/Art Education (PreK-12). The college works cooperatively with the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer a program in Art Education which leads to degree, licensure and an endorsement for grades PreK-12.
Bachelor of Science in Education.
Individually Designed Major. Earn degree not licensure.
Teacher Education/Elementary Education (K-6). The Elementary Education program offers licensure and an endorsement through grade 6.
Teacher Education/Middle Level Education (5-9). The Middle Level Education program offers licensure and an endorsement for grades 5-9.
Teacher Education/Physical Education (PreK-12). The Physical Education program offers licensure and an endorsement for grades PreK-12.
Teacher Education/Secondary Education (7-12). The Secondary Education program offers licensure and an endorsement for grades 7–12.
Bachelor of Science in Music Education.
Teacher Education/Music Education (PreK-12). The college works cooperatively with the Department of Music and Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer a program in Music Education which leads to degree, licensure and an endorsement for grades PreK-12.
In addition to the undergraduate degree programs, the college offers a fifth-year certificate, the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation program. This program is for individuals who have earned a B.S. or B.A. and now desire to be licensed to teach in Art, Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary, or Physical Education.
The Master of Arts in Teaching is available to applicants interested in licensure to teach Middle Level and Secondary Education.