Middle Level Education

The University of Vermont Middle Level Education Program has been created with the knowledge of the nature and needs of the 10-15-year-old at its core. You will study in a program shaped with the guidance of Professor Emeritus Chris Stevenson, internationally known for his work in middle schools with middle level learners and teachers. You will work with faculty, your peers, and teachers in middle schools, to learn developmentally appropriate ways to teach so that young adolescents can learn and thrive.

The "middle school movement" is recognized as the most notable successful reform to have occurred in American education over the past two decades. UVM faculty have designed this program to nurture the talents and abilities of UVM students on the journey to become a quality Middle Level teacher.

This field-based program requires study in three fields: general education, an academic concentration, and professional education. You will work with your adviser to plan your program of course work in these areas.

The general education component provides a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences through a variety of courses in arts and literature, sciences, mathematics, social sciences, physical education, and multicultural studies. You will take 30 of these credits.

The academic concentration is met through an Individually Designed Interdisciplinary Major (IDIMC) that includes 18 credits each from two of the following disciplines: English, Math, Science, Social Studies. You will work with your advisor to design your concentration to meet your interests as well as the degree requirements.

Throughout your professional preparation, you will have the opportunity to work in Vermont middle schools which have achieved regional and national recognition for their cutting edge programs. Your professional education requirement includes a minimum of four semesters of internship in the field in these exemplary schools. You will be challenged to link theory and practice in these supervised settings. Additionally, recent students have enjoyed opportunities to observe and conduct research in urban middle schools in Boston and Chicago; new initiatives include studying middle schooling in New Zealand.

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 Middle Grades (5-9).