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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

"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 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.

Dual Certification/Endorsement and Minors

Interested in special education? You can choose to complete our 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.

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

You will have the opportunity to study for a semester in New Zealand at Auckland University of Technology and participate in a student teaching internship in a local school. You can also choose to study abroad in England, Finland, France, Hawaii, Portugal (the Azores), and many other places.

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.


Major Requirements

Overview & Requirements

Sample 4-Year Plan

FIRST YEAR
FallCreditsSpringCredits
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
Elective3  
Semester Total:16 - 18Semester Total:15
SECOND YEAR
FallCreditsSpringCredits
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
THIRD YEAR
FallCreditsSpringCredits
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
FOURTH YEAR
FallCreditsSpringCredits
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  
Electives6  
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15

 

Concentrations

Is UVM's Elementary Education Program for you?

Our program is distinguished by:

  • Multiple field placements with different grade levels in diverse settings
  • Dual certification/endorsement
  • Multiple minor options
  • Personalized academic advising
  • Global study and research opportunities

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Questions?

cessstsv@uvm.edu / 802-656-3468

Graduate employment rate

94%

of CESS graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating (2016-2018).

Careers

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

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