The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) is pleased to share accreditation and licensure information for the professional programs in our Departments of Education, Leadership and Developmental Sciences, and Social Work.


See accreditation information for each respective professional discipline by opening the accordions below.

Educator Preparation (Department of Education)

Educator preparation programs in the College of Education and Social Services span the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 spectrum, leading to nearly 20 endorsement areas. Programs go through both State approval processes and national accreditation review.

State Program Approval Processes — ROPA

Professional education programs leading to licensure are approved by the State of Vermont through the Results Oriented Program Approval (ROPA) process, which is a performance-based approach to the review. CESS educator preparation programs are approved by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators.

National Accreditation

In addition to State approval, the University of Vermont’s programs are the only nationally accredited educator preparation programs in Vermont. UVM has been nationally accredited since 1954.

University of Vermont Teacher Education Programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In 2017, CAEP voted to continue accreditation through 2024. The Department of Education offers CAEP accredited programs for Initial Licensure in the following areas:

  • Art Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Level Education
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Secondary Education (Concentrations: English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
  • Special Education

Our Dual Certification option allows future teachers to complete their licensure in their chosen degree along with certification as a special educator (either K-8 or grade 7 – age 21).

Counselor Preparation (Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences)

The University of Vermont Graduate Counseling Program is designed to prepare students with the professional knowledge and skills they need to act as facilitators of change and growth for individuals, groups, and organizations.

UVM’s Counseling Program has two tracks: School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Both are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

In July 2014, the CACREP Board of Directors reviewed the program's mid-cycle report and voted to extend accreditation status of the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs through the remainder of the eight-year cycle ending October 31, 2020.

Social Worker Preparation (Department of Social Work)

The Department of Social Work’s mission is aimed at developing leaders who can work across disciplines to address broader concerns related to human service needs of vulnerable populations.

The University of Vermont hosts the only master’s program in the state. And UVM is one of the few institutions in northern New York and New England with both accredited MSW and BSW degree programs.

The most recent accreditation review by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) occurred in February 2020, resulting in the CSWE's Commission on Accreditation to accredit the programs through February 2027.


Professional Licensure

College of Education and Social Services programs leading to professional licensure or certification, and the associated educational requirements for each of the 50 states and U.S. protectorates:

Accreditation calendar

View the current accreditation calendar.