University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Early Childhood Education

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

The PreK-3 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 practia and student teaching sites. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure (PreK-3) from the State of Vermont.

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

In order to provide developmentally appropriate educational experiences at the early/primary level, PreK-3 educators need to be well schooled in a pedagogy consistent with this developmentally appropriate practice model. The structure of the teacher education program is to provide these skills.

In particular, this pedagogy is characterized by an emphasis on age-appropriate activities presented in an inquiry based mode; the full inclusion of children with special needs into the regular classroom setting; a special emphasis on the ability to observe and document children's theories-in-action, and a view of the child as an active, competent, intentional giver and receiver of knowledge.

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. The dual endorsement offers candidates the opportunity to earn a special education license in grades K-8.

Studying About the Schools and Approach of Reggio Emilia, Italy

The faculty and teachers of our Lab School travel to, and study, the exemplary schools and pedagogy of the early education system of Reggio Emila. Teachers and students have opportunities to participate in annual Professor/Student Study Tours and are part of a diverse delegation of university programs from around the world.

International Semester Study in Auckland, New Zealand

Candidates in our program have the opportunity to study in Auckland, New Zealand for a semester where they will take methods courses in Social Studies, Science, Literacy or Math.

Quotes from our students who have studied abroad in New Zealand:

  • "Teaching in New Zealand was such an enriching experience. I learned so much about the differences in our ways of schooling, and I took back so much knowledge to introduce in classrooms in the U.S." ~ Deanna Rodolfy
  • “Traveling to New Zealand was a great opportunity to see the world and an even better opportunity to see how another culture teaches children. My semester abroad was the best one of my college career because of how much I learned about myself and others through traveling.” ~ Michele Russell

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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