Building on our historic prioritization of excellence in teaching, research and service for over 150 years

Actively cultivating interdisciplinary and synergistic connections in education, human development, counseling and social work, 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. Our work is student-centered, family-focused, community-engaged, culturally competent, and collaboratively designed.

Our graduates make us proud

Alumni of the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) can be found around every corner in the United States and abroad, engaged in every possible sector of the helping professions, such as:

  • Graduate Benjamin KennedyTeachers in public, private, and international schools
  • Principals, superintendents, counselors, and educational leaders in school districts throughout Vermont and the nation
  • Deans, faculty, student affairs professionals and administrators at colleges and universities
  • 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
  • Leaders in public art programs, museums, galleries, science centers, and health, education, justice, and social service agencies
  • Leaders in alternative educational settings, technology companies, the Peace Corps, and youth programs
  • Graduate students in master's and doctoral programs in education, social work, counseling, the arts, music, health care, family therapy, and family law.

Our People, Programs and Research

Learn more about our internationally recognized faculty, programs and research.

Faculty and Staff

Academic Programs


History of the College

1800sThe Department of Education is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.
1913Courses in Agricultural Studies and Home Economics Education are added.
1930sCourses in Business, Music, and Industrial Education are added.
1951The Department of Education leaves the College of Arts and Sciences to establish a separate College of Education and Nursing.
1968Nursing becomes its own school.
1973The College redefines its mission and title to be inclusive of all programs offered and is renamed the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) — the name it carries today.
Since 1970The College expands to include Physical Education, Education Administration, Counseling, Special Education, Human Development, and Social Work.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

CESS Strategic Plan

CESS Strategic Plan
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Message from Dean Thomas

Dean Scott Thomas

Welcome to the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. It is my privilege to serve as the dean of this extraordinary and distinctive college that has been offering the highest quality academic programs for more than 150 years.


Fast facts

  • Undergraduate students: 714
  • Graduate students: 365
  • Faculty: 107
  • Undergraduate majors: 16
  • Undergraduate minors: 7
  • Master's degree programs: 10
  • Doctoral programs: 2