"UVM's philosophy on internships is all about getting students into the classroom, and the thing I liked most about it was that I was in the classroom for a whole year." - Chris Magistrale, Winooski Middle School Teacher
Our award-winning program teaches you how to create engaging curricula and learning environments for the unique needs of young adolescents. Formerly middle school teachers themselves, our teaching faculty are internationally recognized for innovative work in the field of middle level education.
We offer two different pathways to attain your graduate degree (see Two Pathways to Your Graduate Degree below).
“I love the community, the energy, the challenges, and the school-spirit that gives you pride to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Working alongside professionals who support you to be a better educator is a profound feeling.” See why Erica Indiano loves the MAT program.
Our Unique Approach
Our proficiency-based program is built around several core themes within a distinctive Vermont context:
- Place-based, problem-based, and project-based learning
- Social justice and sustainability education to engage young adolescents in democratic citizenship
- Best practices that address the nature and needs of young adolescents
- Interdisciplinary teaching approaches that promote student voice in their learning
- Personalized and proficiency-based curriculum designed to support your learning and growth
Become a Part of the Middle Level Education Community
Enjoy mentoring from award-winning faculty and researchers who are eager to connect you with our vibrant local and national middle level education community. Engage with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, the Middle Grades Collaborative, and attend regional and national conferences with your cohort. There are also opportunities to learn from our global connections with colleagues in New Zealand and Hawaii.
We offer a limited number of merit-based scholarships each year. These awards coincide with rolling admissions, so apply early if you want to be considered for a scholarship. For additional information regarding how to fund your graduate degree, see UVM Financial Services.
Fully-Funded Professional Development
All middle level graduate students are eligible for funded attendance — including registration, airfare, and housing — to the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) national conference, and the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) regional conference. These fully-funded opportunities are subject to the availability of funds from a generous donor.
High Job Placement Rate and Multiple Licensure Options
Our graduates are in great demand, and enjoy a high job placement rate in middle schools throughout Vermont and across the country. Earning a middle grades specific license, along with endorsements in multiple content areas, positions you very well for the job market.
Reach out to us! We are happy to help you determine your next steps for licensure in one or more content areas (Math, Science, Social Studies, and English).