University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

The core mission of the elementary education program is "to teach all children strategically in diverse communities of learners."

Elementary Education

Teaching Students in the Elementary Grades might be just the right place for you to begin your professional career!

Elementary Education students are in their formative years, learning how to read and write, discovering the wonders of Science and Social Studies and using Math in their own lives. They begin to work with technology and apply their skills in a variety of ways.

You can become an essential part of this exciting time for elementary students in Grades K-6. The journey is both rewarding and inspirational. The Elementary Education Program at the University of Vermont will prepare you to teach all children as they prepare for life.

Looking for our Undergraduate Program?

If you are interested in our undergraduate option, click here to find out more about our program’s unique attributes and meet some featured students.

Hallmarks of Our Undergraduate Program:

  • Excellent individual advising
  • Experienced faculty who teach courses and supervise in the field
  • Cohorts that work together on collaborative projects and in the field
  • Clinical experiences in a variety of settings
  • International Study Abroad experience
  • Dual Endorsement in Special Education
  • Outdoor Science and Inquiry experiences

Interested in a Dual Endorsement in Special Education?

Many of our elementary education candidates might choose to pursue a Special Education minor with a dual endorsement option.

Hallmarks of Dual Endorsement Program:

  • 18 additional credits in special education through the special education minor
  • The minor with a dual endorsement (21 credits) option enables elementary education students to receive an additional license to work as a special educator.
    • Year long internship in a local school
    • Supervision by a licensed special educator and an elementary education faculty
    • Collaboration with a team of professionals that includes special educators, ELL specialists, general education teachers, administrators and para-educators.
  • Invaluable preparation for a teaching profession that is becoming increasingly inclusive of all students in the classroom.
  • High job placement rate

Want to study abroad?

In addition to our outstanding professional coursework, field experiences and experienced, caring faculty, we offer an exciting semester long International Experience in New Zealand at Auckland University of Technology.

  • Combine your passion for teaching with an exciting full semester International Experience in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Exciting orientation where students meet colleagues from around the world
  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT) combines student centered, innovative pedagogy courses with a selection of electives that enable students to learn more about the indigenous Maori culture.
  • Students are provided with a clinical field experience in a diverse elementary school attended by students from many cultures
  • Opportunity to see the natural wonders in New Zealand
  • Tuition, room and board provided utilizing tuition and financial aid


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