• UVM alumna Libby Payeur working with a student at Winooski High School


    "The students make me laugh, they make me think, and they open my eyes to the world. They challenge me to create relevant learning opportunities that spark curiosity, and they provide me with the opportunity to watch them grow. The work inspires and excites me every day." Libby Payeur (G'17), Winooski High School

  • UVM Social Work student Xochi Calero

    Xochi Calero Shares Her Journey into Social Work

    "I love having this mix of hands-on experiences to learn new skills and provide meaningful context for what we’re discussing in class.”

    Read Xochi's story

  • Tom Payeur teaching math with students at Winooski High School.

    UVM Alum Tom Payeur Selected as 2019 Vermont Teacher of the Year

    "We need teachers like Tom who are stepping up and leading innovation,” said Secretary of Education Dan French.

    Read Tom's story

  • Members of UVM's interdisciplinary restorative practices research team, from left to right: Mika Moore, Bernice Garnett, Colby Kervick, Quin Gonell, Tracy Ballysingh, and Lance Smith.

    UVM's Interdisciplinary Restorative Practices Research Team

    “What I love about teaching at UVM is that our students are hungry to develop greater critical consciousness.”

    Read about Dr. Lance Smith's work with Restorative Practices in Schools

  • Fall foliage stretching across the front of Waterman Building at UVM.

    reaffirming our mission

    "Our mission is forward-looking, hopeful, and inspiring. It is ours collectively, and it represents the best of us." - Dean Thomas

    Read the Dean's Message Reaffirming our Mission (PDF)

  • Shawna Wells '04

    Building Schools and Opportunities

    “UVM changed my trajectory as a person because I got the opportunity to work with a lot of people who really cared about humanity.” See how Shawna Wells ('04) is building educational opportunities in underserved communities. Read her story.

  • Dr. Jennifer Hurley with recent graduates of her program at the Division for Early Childhood’s 34th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities.

    Shaping Educational Policies Nationwide, Empowering Children and Families

    “A lot of the research I do is giving voice to the people doing the work," says Associate Professor Jennifer Hurley.

    Read Dr. Hurley's story

  • California Teacher of the Year Kristen Farrell with her students.

    Changing Lives

    Teacher and athletic trainer Kirsten Farrell is changing the lives of her students, recently earning recognition as a 2018 California Teacher of the Year.

    Read Kirsten's story.

  • Elemtnary Education Major Marshall Murphy ('20) at Camp Kesem.

    Impacting the Future with Education

    “I have always liked working with kids, and want to be able to have a lasting effect on the future,” says Marshall Murphy ('20), who is one of the student leaders at Camp Kesem.

    Read Marshall's story.

  • Madina Haji ('18)

    Representing the Rights of Refugees

    Madina Haji spent the first nine years of her life in Kenyan refugee camp. Now as a senior in middle level teacher education, she has become a strong advocate for refugees in the local community and beyond.

    Read Madina's story

The mission of the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) is to educate and prepare outstanding professionals in education, social work, and human services; engage in policy relevant scholarship of the highest quality; and provide exemplary professional service within the state of Vermont, nationally, and globally.

Our actions are designed to promote a more humane and just society, free from oppression, which maximizes human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families and communities.

We invite you to explore our academic programs, services, research, partnerships and stories. Welcome to CESS!


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