About Us | College of Education and Social Services | The University of Vermont(title)

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. UVM’s strengths align with the most pressing needs of our time: the health of our societies and the health of our environment.


Our size—large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet intimate enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study—allows us to pursue these interconnected issues through cross-disciplinary research and collaboration.

At the core of our work is a commitment to provide an unparalleled educational experience for our students and ensure their success. As one of the nation’s first land grant universities, UVM advances Vermont and the broader society through the discovery and application of new knowledge.

Katie Shepherd standing outside in front the Waterman Building.

Welcome to the College of Education and Social Services at UVM

We strive to create a more humane and just society that maximizes human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families, and communities. I am honored to serve as the dean of our extraordinary community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Dean's Welcome Message

Our Mission and Values



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


Values: Our Common Ground at UVM


The University of Vermont is an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to live in a diverse and changing world. We aspire to be a community that values: Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Openness, Justice, and Responsibility.

Our Common Ground

Aligning Our Mission and Values with Student Success


We cultivate interdisciplinary connections in education, human development, counseling and social work to improve lives and strengthen communities.

Our student-centered approach is research-informed, community-engaged, culturally responsive, and collaboratively designed. CESS graduates make an profound impact on society through rewarding careers in Vermont and throughout the United States and abroad, such as:

  • Teachers, principals, superintendents, counselors, and educational leaders in school districts throughout Vermont and the nation;
  • Mental health counselors, social workers and human service professionals in education, family services, foundations, healthcare, hospice centers, immigration services, social and rehabilitation services, government agencies, and the private sector;
  • Deans, faculty, researchers, student affairs professionals and administrators at colleges and universities;
  • Innovative leaders in alternative educational settings, technology companies, art programs, museums, galleries, science centers, healthcare, social service agencies, youth programs, and the Peace Corps;
  • Graduate students in master's and doctoral programs in education, social work, counseling, the arts, music, public health, health care, family therapy, family law, and other disciplines.