Why are people so excited about UVM's Early Childhood Education Program?
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 in our Campus Children's School 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.
Teaching Certificate Reciprocity
Our nationally accredited program enjoys reciprocity with other states and Canadian provinces, so you can prepare to teach almost anywhere. See our Licensure page for more information.
International Study Opportunities
There are numerous international study opportunities for students to explore. UVM's Office of International Education provides a full range of support services to assist you.
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 Associates of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. With an additional 60 credits taken at UVM, students will then complete their Bachelors of Science in Education. For more information, see CCV to UVM Pathway.
Graduate Study including Accelerated Master's Degree Programs (AMPs)
We also offer graduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Disability Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Higher Education and Student Affairs, and Social Work.