Collage of CESS students at Winooski Middle School, Shelburne Farms, Camp Kesem, and Commencement.

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

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. 

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Our mission 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.

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

Values: Our Common Ground at UVM

Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Openness, Justice, and Responsibility.

Student and Alumni Success

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. CESS graduates make an profound impact and enjoy rewarding careers around every corner in the United States and abroad, 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, researchers, 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

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 Counseling, Education Administration, Human Development, Social Work, and Special Education.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

CESS Viewbook (PDF)

CESS Strategic Plan

CESS Strategic Plan Brochure