University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Early Childhood Education

Is UVM's Early Childhood Education Undergraduate Program for you?

The Early Childhood Program is designed to provide students the perspectives and skills necessary to work with young children from infancy through grade three in inclusionary, developmentally appropriate settings. The program involves a large field based component and makes significant use of the UVM Campus Children's School and local public schools (K-3 classrooms) as practica and student teaching sites. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure (birth - grade 3) from the State of Vermont.

Why is everyone talking about UVM's Early Childhood Education Program?

The Early Childhood program provides students with a nurturing, yet rigorous, learning environment, punctuated by students interconnected, faculty support and joy. It is designed to provide students with the perspectives, knowledge and skills necessary to work with families and children from birth through grade 3 in a variety of classroom and community-based settings.

Students will learn to:

  • Construct an understanding of social constructivism as it relates to teaching and learning
  • Facilitate all domains of children’s development;
  • Promote young children’s knowledge, skills and literacy across all subject areas;
  • Develop meaningful and engaging curriculum in inclusive environments;
  • Use assessment to individualize instruction;
  • Value, respect and foster individual and family diversity.

The following hallmarks distinguish our nationally recognized undergraduate program from many others:

Special Education Minor and Dual Endorsement Option

Candidates in our program have the opportunity to work with special education faculty in order to gain a deeper understanding of special education policies, and appropriate strategies for working with all students with various learning styles and challenges.

  • Candidates may pursue a special education minor or a dual endorsement option. The dual endorsement offers candidates the opportunity to earn a special education license in grades K-8.

Extensive Field Experience:

The Early Childhood PreK-3 program is designed to provide students with the perspectives, knowledge and skills necessary to work with families and children from birth through grade 3 in a variety of classroom and community-based settings. Our program involves substantial field-based experiences beginning in the first year and makes significant use of the UVM Campus Children’s School and area public schools as practicum sites.

International Study Abroad Opportunities:

Students have the opportunity to plan for an international experience virtually anywhere in the world in fulfillment of their general education requirements.

Internationally Renowned Faculty and Opportunities for Research

Your professors have extensive experience in elementary education, both in research and in practice. Click here to find out more about the program faculty and the work they do.

 

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