The University of Vermont Graduate Counseling Program is designed to prepare students with the professional knowledge and skills they need to act as facilitators of change and growth for individuals, groups, and organizations. UVM’s Counseling Program has two tracks: School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Both are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
In July 2012, the CACREP Board of Directors reviewed the program's self-study, an on-site visitation team report, and all related correspondence, and voted to accredit the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs, with an update for ways the program is using new CACREP standards scheduled for spring 2014.
The Department of Social Work’s mission is aimed at developing leaders who can work across disciplines to address broader concerns related to human service needs of vulnerable populations.
UVM hosts the only master’s program in the state. And UVM is one of the few institutions in northern New York and New England with both accredited MSW and BSW degree programs. The most recent accreditation review by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) occurred in February of 2011, resulting in the CSWE's Council on Accreditation to accredit the programs through 2019.
Educator preparation programs in the College of Education and Social Services span the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 spectrum, leading to nearly 20 endorsement areas. Programs go through both State approval processes and national accreditation review.
Professional education programs leading to licensure are approved by the State of Vermont through the Results Oriented Program Approval (ROPA) process, which is a performance-based approach to the review. The Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators has approved CESS educator preparation programs until 2017.
In addition to State approval, the University of Vermont’s programs are the only nationally accredited educator preparation programs in Vermont. The Educator Preparation Program unit has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954.
In 2010, NCATE's Unit Accreditation Board vote to continue accreditation without qualifications through 2017.