Why are students excited about UVM's Elementary Education Program?
Multiple Field Placements in Diverse Settings
Throughout our program, you will link theory with practice by participating in at least four community-based experiences with our partner schools. Professional coursework begins during your first year. In your second and third year, professional courses link with field experiences where you observe teachers, learn best practices, and plan literacy, math and inquiry experiences for science and social studies. These experiences culminate in a full-semester teaching internship during your final year. Curious about the internship experience? See our Student Teaching Handbook (.pdf).
Minors and Dual Certification/Endorsement Options
Interested in special education? You can choose to complete a Special Education minor or dual certification. Dual certification provides the opportunity to earn teaching licenses in both elementary education and special education. Another option is our Education for Cultural and Linquistic Diversity (ECLD) minor, which provides certification to teach English Language Learners (ELL). We also offer minors in Coaching and Human Development and Family Studies.
Teaching Certificate Reciprocity
Students completing UVM's nationally accredited teacher education programs enjoy reciprocity with over 50 other states and Canadian provinces, so you can teach almost anywhere. See our Licensure page for more information.
You will have the opportunity to study for a semester in New Zealand at Auckland University of Technology. You can take methods courses in Social Studies, Science, Literacy or Math, and participate in a student teaching internship in a school. If you're interested in exploring other countries, UVM's Office of International Education provides all the information and resources you'll need.