Welcome to the College of Education and Social Services (CESS)!
We are committed to preparing outstanding professionals in the fields of education, social work, counseling, and human development; engaging in scholarship designed to address the world’s most pressing problems; and providing exemplary professional service to Vermont, the nation, and the world.
Our graduates make us proud
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. College of Education and Social Services (CESS) enjoy successful careers around every corner in the United States and abroad, engaged in every possible sector of the helping professions, such as:
- Teachers 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;
- Innovative leaders in alternative educational settings, technology companies, public art programs, museums, galleries, science centers, healthcare, social justice, 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.
Our People, Programs and Research
Learn more about our internationally recognized faculty, academic programs and research.
History of the College
|1800s||The Department of Education is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.|
|1913||Courses in Agricultural Studies and Home Economics Education are added.|
|1930s||Courses in Business, Music, and Industrial Education are added.|
|1951||The Department of Education leaves the College of Arts and Sciences to establish a separate College of Education and Nursing.|
|1968||Nursing becomes its own school.|
|1973||The 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 1970||The College expands to include Counseling, Education Administration, Human Development, Social Work, and Special Education.|