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Elementary Education students doing work in class
A campus near a lake
Student teaching elementary students in Burlington school
Lafayette statue in the moonlight
Elementary Education student interacting with a child from New Zealand
Twilight view of the Davis Student Center
Student working with kids at Camp Kesem, a summer program for kids impacted by a parent's cancer.
Family at Graduation
Sunset over lake in the winter

Why are students excited about UVM's Elementary Education Program?

"Probably the most interesting and rewarding experience I've had would be my student teaching. That was such an affirming experience and really helped me feel that education was the right place to be. I worked with a wonderful mentor teacher in a class of 20 second graders for a full semester, and during that time I really felt like I was coming into my own as a teacher."  Grace Colbert '18

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.

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 Linguistic 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.

International Study Opportunities

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.

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, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Social Work. Many of our graduate programs offer an accelerated master's degree option.

4 Year Plan for Career Success

Is UVM's Elementary Education Program for you?

Our program is distinguished by:

  • Interactive learning and multiple field placements
  • Dual certification/endorsement
  • Multiple minor options
  • Personalized academic advising
  • International study opportunities

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Graduate employment rate


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


  • Elementary Teacher (K - 6)
  • English Language Learner (ELL) Educator
  • Special Educator
  • Educational Specialist
  • Environmental Educator

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