University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Secondary Education

Is UVM's Secondary Education Undergraduate Program for you?

If you are thinking about becoming a high school teacher, you can imagine yourself in front of students who, even after you graduate, will be just a few years younger than you. That is terrific! We expect you are also curious about human development AND in the art and science of teaching. In our program you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to engage students in grades seven (7) through twelve. Does that surprise you? Were you thinking your training would focus on grades 9-12 only? In Vermont, earning a secondary endorsement allows you to teach in grades 7 – 12! May be you are now thinking, “I don’t know whether I want to work with younger adolescents; I remember what I as like at that age!” Or maybe you are thinking, “That’s great! I love the idea of having the opportunity to learn how to work with a wide range of students!” While at UVM, you will work with both younger adolescents and high school students. Both are fun, curious, capable and ready to learn and grow, just in a different ways. By the end of the program, you will be well prepared to work with the students that suit you best.

Why is everyone talking about UVM's Secondary Level Program?

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

Multiple Community-based and School-based Placements

We believe learning happens best when it’s experiential. You should have frequent opportunities work with students in a wide range of settings. You will have at least four (4) field experiences in our program, and each is directly connected to your on-campus coursework. Learn about theory, research, and strategy on campus and then translate theory into practice in schools and other community settings. And just in case you are wondering whether you will be alone in these experiences, let us assure you that you will not be the case. We intentionally structure these experiences in ways that allow you to be with and learn from your peers.

Dual Endorsement+ Option

As you know, all teachers must be well versed in a content area. In the case of teachers working with students in grades 7 – 12, you can choose between Math, Science, Social Studies, English or World Languages. As well, we place a great deal of emphasis on the learners you will teach. Along with courses in psychology and development, you can also select a learner specialization: Special Education or English Language Learners. If you choose both a content area and a learner specialization, you can graduate with endorsements to teach in both areas. + IF you decide to study more than one content area OR more than one learner specialization, you could earn three (3) endorsements.

Outstanding Advisement

In case you haven’t heard, the College of Education is well known across the University for its excellent advisement. In the Secondary Education Program, we take this role very seriously. We are fortunate to have advisors with expertise in a range of content areas; they are committed to working with you to ensure that you are making appropriate course selections and that you are comfortable at UVM. Our advisors are always thinking about your entire collegiate experience and work to be developmentally responsive mentors. Should you have challenges along the way, your faculty will connect you to the supports you need; we want you to be successful here.

Responsive Pedagogy

Our program is relatively large, but our classes are not; class sizes in your professional courses range are typically 25 students or fewer. We want to know you well, and we want you to know your peers also. In our seminar-style classes, we are able to model the types of learning opportunities that we hope you will then use with in your fieldwork. As a result, you won’t find yourself listening to long lectures. Instead, you can expect to participate in collaborative learning and hands-on activities. We know the more active you can be in the learning process, the more you will learn.

Study Away Experiences

We highly encourage our students to “study away” at some point in their program. We know how much you can learn about yourself and the field of education by engaging in experiences away from the University. If you are studying world languages, immersing yourself in a culture of native speakers is critical to your growth. Whether you take advantage of one of our existing partnerships, such as going to Philadelphia for a week-long inter-session experience, to Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand for a semester, or you choose your own adventure, your advisor and the Office of International Education are here to help. Students may complete content courses while abroad with permission from their content major or advisor.


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Internationally Renowned Faculty and Opportunities for Research

Your professors have extensive experience in secondary level 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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