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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

"I developed incredible relationships with peers, faculty and community leaders. Professors challenged me and provided invaluable resources in my development as a teacher. I enjoy the creativity, thoughtfulness and heart that goes into teaching, and I look forward to fostering a welcoming community and learning environment for all of my future students." - Samantha Marcotte '22

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, Dual Licensure, and Certificates

Prepare to Teach Anywhere

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.

Global Study Abroad

Explore the world and learn from other cultures as you study abroad in Costa Rica, France, New Zealand, Portugal (Azores Islands), and other countries around the world. UVM's Office of Internation Education provides a full range of resources and support to help guide you. 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

CCV to UVM Pathway

Our partnership with the Community College of Vermont (CCV) provides a joint pathway for students interested in studying Elementary Education. Our 2+2 transfer pathway guarantees qualified students junior status at the time they transfer to UVM. Students considering this program should work closely with their CCV academic coordinator. 

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

Major Requirements

Overview & Requirements

Sample 4-Year Plan

EDEL 024: Learners and the Learning Process3EDFS 002: School and Society3
EDSP 005: D2: Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities3ECLD 056: D1: Language Policy Issues, Race and School3
ENGS 001: Written Expression3MATH 016: QR: Fundamentals of Elementary School Math3
MATH 015: QR: Elementary School Math3HST 011: US History to 18653
Learning Community Course (LC)1 - 3EDEL 159: Integrating the Arts3
Semester Total:16 - 18Semester Total:15
EDEL 178: Meeting Needs of Diverse Learners3EDTE 074: SU: Science of Sustainability3
EDEL 056: Teachers and the Teaching Process3ENGS 022: Seminar in British Literature II3
ASL 001: American Sign Language I3HST 012: US History since 18653
BIOL 003: Human Biology3STAT 111: QR: Elements of Statistics3
MATH 017: QR: Applications of Finite Math3NFS 043: Fundamentals of Nutrition3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
EDEL 157: SU: Social Education and Social Studies3EDEL 156: Teaching Math for Meaning3
EDEL 158: Teaching Science for Meaning3EDEL 177: Children’s Literature and Literacy3
EDEL 155: Lab Experience in Inquiry3EDEL 175: Lab Experience in Literacy3
Content Area Coursework3EDEL 176: Language Arts and Literacy Skills3
POLS 021: American Political System3Content Area Coursework3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
EDEL 287: Planning, Adapting and Delivering Lit. Instruction3EDEL 288: Principles of Classroom Management3
EDHE 146: Personal Health3EDEL 285: Student Teaching Internship12
SOC 001: SU: Introduction to Sociology3  
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15



Is UVM's Elementary Education Program for you?

  • Early and often field placements with different grade levels in diverse settings
  • Dual endorsement/certification pathway
  • Multiple minor options
  • Personalized advising with faculty mentors and staff
  • Research and global study opportunities
  • National accreditation

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Graduate employment rate



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

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