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:
- 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
- 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.
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 Physical Education, Education Administration, Counseling, Special Education, Human Development, and Social Work.|