Is UVM's Middle Level Education Undergraduate Program for you?
If you’re looking into middle level teacher education programs, right away there’s something special about you. Few people recognize how exciting and wonderful middle school teaching can be. If you’ve spent time kids this age, maybe as a camp counselor or babysitter or perhaps in outdoor education, you know that they are energetic, curious and funny. They are constantly trying on new identities. And they change daily in many ways. Most of all, young adolescents need strong role models to guide them through important life choices. If you gravitate toward this fun and energetic age group, it’s likely you’re just the person they need!
Why is everyone talking about UVM's Middle Level Program?
The following hallmarks distinguish our nationally recognized undergraduate program from many others:
Triple Endorsement Option
In our highly individualized program, you can choose which content areas interest you the most: Math, Science, Social Studies, English. You can also select a learner specialization: Special Education, English Language Learners. Mix and match between the content areas and learner specializations for a total of three licensable areas.
We also believe we have much to learn from our international colleagues. Our partnership with Auckland University of Technology allows us to offer a semester-long study abroad opportunity in New Zealand, which includes a formal, supervised internship in a New Zealand intermediate school. Have your heart set on another country to study in? You also have access to unlimited other possibilities through our Office of International Education.
Multiple Field Placements
We believe learning happens best when it’s experiential. That’s why we get you into a local middle school working with kids during your very first year. Internships in our program should happen early and often. They are always directly connected to your on-campus coursework. Learn about theory, research, and strategy on campus one day; try out what you’ve learned at the middle school the next.
Small Cohort Model
We also know that learning requires dialogue and support. Each year a small group of undergraduates is accepted into the program. This cohort of students goes through four years of teacher education courses together and is placed with peers at internship sites as well. The support and dynamics of the cohort are an essential part of your undergraduate experience. Our students tell us that our small program size helps them feel like they have a ‘home away from home’ on campus. The relationships are strong and our alumni continue to keep in touch!
This ‘home away from home’ feel is also the result of excellent advising. All advisors are also professors who teach full time in the Middle Level program. You will take at least one class with your advisor and have the same advisor for four years, which gives you an opportunity to get to know each other well.
The small cohort size also results in seminar style classes. We believe in modeling the type of learning opportunities that we hope you will then use with your middle grades students. As a result, you won’t find yourself listening to lectures. Instead, you can expect to participate in collaborative learning, hands-on tasks, and active learning.
Don't take our word for it! Meet our students.
Internationally Renowned Faculty and Opportunities for Research
Your professors have extensive experience in middle level education, both in research and in practice. They’ve all been middle grades teachers themselves and they now conduct fascinating research, which regularly receives national and international attention. (And what’s more, they’re really fun.) Click here to find out more about the program faculty and the work they do.
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