Be innovative

Toddler plays with natural materials at the Campus Children's School
Young child and student teacher at the Campus Children's School
Toddler in dress on Campus Children's School playground
Young child and student teacher at the Campus Children's School
Young children holding hands and walking
Children outside at a fountain
Early Childhood Education student receiving award at Commencement
Interior of Campus Children's School classroom

"The learning culture here is really supportive, really hands-on and very field-based. You participate in practicums and internships that give you a lot of experience to present to employers when you graduate." -Sage Ryan '19

Early Childhood Education is a growing field, with a dramatic increase in public support and dynamic research opportunities. Teaching in Early Childhood feels like a journey full of discovery, laughter and fond memories. Our program features innovative coursework and hands-on learning founded on research-based practices, sustainability, inclusion, and social justice.

Multiple Field Placements and Student Teaching Experience

With our signature "early and often" approach, field experiences begin in the first year. Student teaching internships with our community partners provide the opportunity to work with young children and families, fully supported by dedicated faculty and mentor teachers.

Dual Certification/Endorsement and Multiple Minor Pathways

Students can choose to complete a Special Education minor or dual certification in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. We also offer minors in Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (ECLD), Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), and Coaching.

Prepare to Teach Anywhere

Our nationally accredited program enjoys reciprocity with many other states and provinces, so you will be prepared to teach almost anywhere. See our Licensure page for more information.

Global Study Abroad Opportunities

You can engage in unique and exciting CESS study abroad opportunities in England, Finland, France, Hawaii, and Portugal. UVM's Office of International Education provides a full range of support services to assist you.

Tuition Scholarships

Beginning in the fall of 2022, Vermont's Scholarship Program for Prospective Early Childhood Educators offers an interest-free, forgivable loan covering full tuition for qualified applicants seeking a degree in early childhood education or early childhood special education. The program is open to both Vermont and non-Vermont students. Applications will continue to be accepted as long as funding is available. Please visit the VSAC website to learn more and apply for this program and to explore other funding opportunities.

CCV to UVM Pathway

We have partnered with the Community College of Vermont (CCV) to create a joint pathway for students interested in studying Early Childhood Education. This pathway allows CCV students to complete the Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. With an additional 60 credits taken at UVM, students will then complete their Bachelor of Science in Education. For more information, see CCV to UVM Pathway.

Graduate Study and Accelerated Master's Degree Pathways (AMPs)

There are many opportunities to further your education at UVM. You can pursue our accelerated master's degree programs (AMP) in Special Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, or Counseling

We also offer graduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Disability Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Higher Education and Student Affairs, and Social Work.

Major Requirements

Overview & Requirements

Sample 4-Year Plan

EDEC 001: SL: Intro to Early Care and Education4EDEC 122: Culturally Responsive Education3
EDSP 005: D2: Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities3HDFS 060: Family Context of Development3
ENGS 001: Written Expression3ECLD 056: D1: Language Policy Issues, Race and School3
MATH 015: QR: Elementary School Math3ECSP 105: Individualized Practice for Inclusion3
Learning Community Course (LC) (ex. COMU 001)1 - 3MATH 016: QR: Fundamental Concepts of Elementary School Math3
Semester Total:14 - 16Semester Total:15
EDEC 105: Infant/ Toddler Curriculum Development3EDEC 145: Preschool Curriculum Development3
EDEC 109: Infant/ Toddler Practicum4EDEC 149: Preschool Practicum4
EDEL 159: Integrating the Arts3EDTE 074: SU: Science of Sustainability3
EDEC 063: Child Development3ENGS 022: Seminar in British Literature II3
BIOL 003: Human Biology3Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:16
EDEC 156: K-3 STEM: Math for Meaning3ASL 001: American Sign Language 14
EDEC 181: K-3 Inquiry3MATH 017: QR: Applications of Finite Math3
EDEC 182: K-3 Literacy3HST 011: US History to 18653
EDEC 179: K-3 Interdisciplinary Practicum6Electives6
Semester Total:15Semester Total:16
POLS 021: American Political System3EDEC 187: Early Childhood Student Teaching12
NFS 043: Fundamentals of Nutrition3EDEC 188: Student Teaching Seminar3
SOC 001: SU: Introduction to Sociology3  
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15



Is UVM's Early Childhood Education Program for you?

Our program is distinguished by:

  • Multiple field placements in diverse settings
  • Dual certification
  • Multiple minor pathways
  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized advising

Apply Now

CCV to UVM Pathway

Questions? / 802-656-3468

Graduate employment rate


of CESS graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating (2017-2019).


  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Infant/Toddler Preschool Program Owner or Manager
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Curriculum/Program Coordinator
  • Educational Leadership

Where alumni work

  • Kindergarten Teacher, Burlington, VT
  • Lead Teacher, Reggio Emilia-Inspired Preschool, Washington, DC
  • Owner Private Preschool, Providence, RI
  • Developmental Educator, Vermont Family Network
  • Co-Director of Community Infant and Preschool Program, Burlington, VT
  • Preschool and After-school Teacher, Private School, Seattle, WA
  • Child Advocate for Head Start, Burlington, VT

Related Information