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 Experiences and Student Teaching
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.
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.
Graduate Study including Accelerated or 5th Year Master's Degrees
There are many opportunities to further your education at UVM. You can pursue our master's degree (M.Ed.) programs in Early Childhood Special Education (birth through age 6) or Special Education (K through grade 12). We also offer graduate programs in Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Disability Studies, Educational Leadership, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Social Work. Some programs offer an accelerated master's degree option.