University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Department of Education

Our Programs

The Department of Education encompasses many academic programs for the pursuit of both undergraduate and graduate study. To learn more about each program's requirements, experiential interactions and more, visit their respective websites:

Undergraduate programs

  • Art Education: The College works cooperatively with the Art Department in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer a program in Art Education which leads to both degree and licensure for grades PreK-12.This link will take you to a different site (outside of the Department of Education's website).
  • Early Childhood Education: The Early Childhood PreK-3 Teacher Education Program is based upon a Social-constructivist model of human development and educational practice. This model has been strongly influenced by our continuing interactions with the early childhood educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Early Childhood PreK-3 Program was recognized in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Education as one of fourteen "exemplary" early childhood teacher education programs in the country.
  • Early Childhood Special Education: The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSP) Program provides students with the perspectives and skills necessary to work with all young children from birth through age 5.11 and their families in a range of family-centered, culturally responsive, inclusionary, and developmentally appropriate settings. ECSP courses build upon experiences in Child Development and Early Childhood Education (ECE) obtained through the first two years of study and involves a large field-based component, which makes significant use of the wide array of early childhood services and supports within the campus community as well as throughout the region. Successful candidates complete their program with a B.S. in Early Childhood Special Education, professional teaching licensure in the state of Vermont, and a dual endorsement in ECE birth to age six and ECSE birth to age six.
  • Elementary Education: The Elementary Education Program prepares teachers for assignments in grades kindergarten through six. The Bachelor of Science in Education is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the approved program which includes a planned sequence of professional courses, field experiences, and a full-semester internship experience.
  • Middle Level Education: The organizing theme of the Middle Level Education Program is "Education for High Achievement and Personal Efficacy".  The Program provides a minimum of four supervised internships whereby university students participate in the most highly successful middle level school programs that are within reasonable commuting distance.
  • Music Education: The College works cooperatively with the Music Department in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer a program in Music Education which leads to both degree and licensure for grades PreK-12. This link will take you to a different site (outside of the Department of Education's website).
  • Physical Education: The Professional Physical Education Program qualifies candidates for licensure to teach in grades PreK-12. Course work around the program theme, "Moving and Learning", includes a series of courses designed to provide a background to the field of physical education. Specialty courses assist the student in the development of physical education program content and teaching skills important in providing developmentally appropriate programs of physical education to children and youth in today's schools. Laboratory experiences in schools throughout the program aid students in recognizing the relationship between theory and practice. Students also receive a solid foundation in exercise science allowing a broader depth of knowledge in physical activity.
  • Secondary Education: The Secondary Education Program prepares teachers to work with students with diverse needs in public school classrooms in grades 7-12. The curriculum includes general education; a major, a minor, or a broadfield major; a professional education component, and electives.

Graduate programs

  • Curriculum and Instruction, MAT: The Master of Arts in Teaching program for middle level and secondary teachers is designed for those students who aspire to earn both a Master's Degree and a license to teach in public middle or secondary schools.  Students will prepare for licensure to teach in grades five through nine or seven through twelve in one summer and academic year.
  • Curriculum and Instruction, MEd: The Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to develop expertise in specific educational content areas.   These content areas (concentrations) are developed to provide a comprehensive background in fields basic to instruction and curriculum development as well as the application of that knowledge to a specialized field.  They include courses aimed at the examination and improvement of instructional practices in PreK through 12 and instructional roles in human services, and understanding of curriculum theory and the application of curriculum development.
  • Early Childhood Special Education, MEd: The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program is designed to provide students with the perspectives and skills necessary to work with young children from birth through kindergarten and their families in a range of family-centered, cultural responsive, inclusionary and developmentally appropriate settings. The Program leads to teacher licensure.  
  • Special Education, MEd: This master's program is designed to prepare students to collaborate with families, educators, and other professionals and service agencies in the development, implementation and evaluation of instructional programs and supports for learners with disabilities in integrated school and community settings. The program requires that students have appropriate professional experience.


  • Coaching:The coaching minor is designed to provide the undergraduate student at UVM the opportunity to complete a series of courses to prepare the student for coaching sports activities at any age or skill level. The minor is specifically aimed at educating the student about age appropriate exercise, coaching methods and ethics, instructional techniques, and practical coaching experiences. The minor is open to any student at UVM. For more information please write to
  • Special Education: The minor in Special Education is for undergraduate students wishing to learn more about and work with students with disabilities and to obtain an understanding of special education.  Students apply to the minor through contacting the Special Education Program in the Department of Education (


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