As a student in the Elementary Education Program, you also will have many opportunities for creativity and work within the community. You may design independent study experiences to help elementary children and teachers use technology in their classrooms or to help students with special needs. You may choose to exercise your leadership in several student groups, such as Vermont Student National Educators Association, the Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Society, or other UVM clubs and organizations. Or, you may choose to broaden your Vermont experiences through a study abroad program.
Students pursue course work and field training in three categories preparing them as professionals.
General Education - This component provides a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Students take a variety of courses in arts and literature, science, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, physical education, and multicultural studies.
Major Concentration - Students select a concentration from more than 30 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences. Or, you may work with faculty to create an Individually-Designed Interdisciplinary Major Concentration of 30 credit hours.
Professional Preparation - Professional course work begins during the first year with an introduction to teaching and learning. In the second and third years, you'll participate in a sequence of professional courses linked with supervised field experiences in child development, literacy, and inquiry. These experiences culminate in a full-semester teaching internship during your final year. You will have many opportunities to observe and practice in supervised settings in rural, suburban, and inner-city schools.
The program is approved by the Vermont State Department of Education, which has reciprocity with many states and the District of Columbia and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Successful program completion leads to licensure and an endorsement to teach Elementary Education (K-Grade 6).