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Students in New Zealand
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Middle school-aged children working at computers
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Student teaching at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington
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Why are students so excited about UVM's Middle Level Education Program?

"I would say prospective students coming to this program at UVM should be ready for a lot of field experience from almost the moment you start, but they should also be aware that it's not overwhelming. You're prepared very well to do it, and it's a very supportive atmosphere. It's a great program if you want to become the best teacher you can be."  Gage Sironi '19

If you're looking into middle level teacher education programs, right away there’s something special about you. Few people recognize how exciting and wonderful middle school teaching can be. If you’ve spent time with kids this age, you know that they are energetic, curious and funny.

Multiple Field Placements

Our program provides hands-on, active learning. You will step into local middle schools beginning in your very first year at UVM. Over your four years, you'll gain over 900 hours of hands-on experience with at least four middle school teams. Throughout the program, our faculty will provide the personalized support and mentoring you need to succeed.

Individualized Learning and Equitable Teaching

“The program is so focused on equitable teaching, individualized learning, and social-emotional learning. It strikes a really good balance. We have a proficiency-based system in Vermont, and a progressive mindset about education. We’re preparing students to be proficient citizens, not just to ace tests.”  See why Camilla Thomassen-Tai ('20) is excited about our program and her future as a middle level educator. 

Triple Certification/Endorsement Option

In our highly individualized program, you can choose two of the four following areas of concentration: English, Math, Social Studies and Science. You can also select a learner specialization in Special Education or Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. Mix and match between the content areas and learner specializations for a total of three licensable areas.

Teaching Certificate Reciprocity

Prepare to teach anywhere. UVM's nationally accredited teacher education programs enjoy reciprocity with over 50 states and Canadian provinces. See our Licensure page for more information.

Global Study Abroad Opportunities

Study abroad for a semester in beautiful New Zealand, including an internship in an Auckland intermediate school and courses at Auckland University of Technology.  You can also explore our other global study opportunities in England, Finland, France, Hawai'i, Portugal (the Azores) and more. Learn more about resources and support for students at UVM's Office of International Education.

Technology and Innovation in an Award-Winning Program

Leverage technology to embrace a 21st-century vision of teaching and learning. Connect with our Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education and learn how to create a tech-rich, learner-centered classroom. UVM’s Middle Level Program and our faculty have earned numerous national awards for their great work in middle level education.

Accelerated Master's Program (AMP)

Our Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) is a great option that allows you to complete a master's degree in Middle Level Education (M.A.T.) in just one year. Students apply during their junior year.

We also offer accelerated master's degree programs in Special Education, Educational Leadership, and Counseling.

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Is UVM's Middle Level Education Program for you?

Our nationally recognized program is distinguished by:

  • Extensive hands-on student teaching experience
  • Innovation and technology integration
  • Dual and triple certification options
  • Outstanding, personalized advising
  • Global study and research opportunities

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Graduate employment rate


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


  • Middle Level Teacher
  • English Language Learner (ELL) Educator
  • Special Educator
  • Non-Profit Sector Administrator/Manager
  • Peace Corps Volunteer

Where alumni work

  • Teaching Fellow, Citizen Schools, Boston, MA
  • Middle School Humanities Teacher, Peoples Academy, Morrisville, VT
  • Math Teacher, Lake County High School, Leadville, Colorado
  • Graduate Student, University of Vermont
  • Youth and Family Field Specialist in Science, Durham, NH
  • Middle School Science and Math Teacher, Browns River Middle School, Underhill, VT

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