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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
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Children outside at a fountain
Early Childhood Education student receiving award at Commencement
Young child and student teacher at the Campus Children's School
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Why are people so excited about UVM's Early Childhood Education Program?

"The learning culture here is really supportive, really hands on and very field based. You participate in a lot of practicums and internships and things that give you a lot of experience to present to employers when you graduate, which I really appreciate. I have a lot to put in my portfolio and resume."  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 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)

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, or Counseling.

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

4 Year Plan for Career Success

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

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Graduate employment rate


of CESS 2017 graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.


  • 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

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