UVM is recognized as one of the Best Graduate Schools for Education and Social Work by U.S. News and World Reports
Guided by our deep commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion, UVM's College of Education and Social Services (CESS) offers a variety of nationally recognized graduate degree programs, professional certificates and continuing education options to meet your intellectual and professional interests. Our internationally renowned faculty lead research-informed teaching and learning through a student-centered approach that is collaboratively designed, community-engaged, leadership-oriented, and globally aware.
Learn more about each program and their associated graduate funding and scholarship opportunities by opening the accordions below. We look forward to hearing from you.
"I am eternally grateful for the faculty as I felt truly cared for as a student and professional. They had an unwavering commitment to my overall success.” – Nicholas Negrete, Ed.D.
Accelerated Master's Pathways (for current UVM undergraduate students)
We offer several Accelerated Master's Pathways (AMPs) that allow early admission to graduate studies with up to 9 credits double-counted toward both the bachelor's and master’s degrees, saving time and money. Entering your profession with a master’s degree often means starting higher on the salary scale.
Our nationally accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs lead to Master of Science (M.S.) degree and outstanding preparation for success as professional counselors in a wide variety of settings.
Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) with Specializations
Our Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) program develops innovative leaders in educational settings including teaching, curriculum theory, curriculum development, and related areas of research for public/private schools. You can choose to specialize in either Educational Technology, School Library Media Science, Reading and Literacy, or Resiliency-Based Approaches. Our program is completely accessible online or with options for in person study.
Disability Studies Graduate Certificate
Our interdisciplinary 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies includes required and elective courses covering disability in healthcare, communication, social work, education and policy.
Education for Sustainability Certificate of Graduate Study
Grounded in action research, transformative education, and youth leadership, our Certificate of Graduate Study in Education for Sustainability prepares educators to empower learners in making positive changes in their communities while shifting societies to improve the quality of life for current and for future generations. The program is designed for practicing preK-12, post-secondary, and informal educators as well as those working in museum education, outdoor education, parks and recreation activities, and other fields where natural and built environments are part of the curriculum.
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (M.Ed.)
Through research-informed coursework and practical experiences in the field, our Education Leadership and Policy Studies (M.Ed.) program cultivates innovative leaders who can build and strengthen communities in a variety of educational and social service settings.
*This program has an Acclerated Master's Pathway for current UVM undergraduate students.
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Ed.D.)
Our Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Ed.D.) is an applied research program for professionals serving in educational leadership positions in schools, colleges, policy arenas, non-profits and social service organizations.
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Ph.D.)
By examining complex educational and social problems through the integration of multiple theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary lenses, our Ph.D. program develops scholars who can analyze and inform the development of educational systems and public policies that positively impact broad societal issues.
Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.Ed.)
Widely recognized among the top programs in the country in preparing student affairs professionals to collaboratively transform higher education, the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA) program at UVM promotes strong and enduring relationships with fellow colleagues, campus partners, and award-winning faculty.
Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (M.Ed.)
The Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (M.Ed.) provides tools to deepen research, theory, and practice for those seeking academic advancement, professional development, and/or lifelong learning. Courses are available both online and in-person. This program is designed to be customized to meet your professional and personal goals.
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Two Licensure Pathways
Through our nationally accredited Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), you can launch a rewarding career in high demand, changing lives and making an impact on your community and the world. Within one year, you can earn your graduate degree and become licensed to teach in your academic discipline. An Accelerated Master's Pathway is available for current UVM undergraduate students. We offer two licensure pathways:
Resiliency-Based Approaches with Families, Schools and Communities
To address the heightened incidence of trauma and adverse childhood experiences, our Certificate of Graduate Study in Resiliency-Based Approaches addresses the growing need to improve workforce capacity among educators and health/human service professionals who can successfully implement resiliency-building strategies.
Two pathways are available:
- Trauma-responsive and Restorative Practices (TRP)
- Family-school-community partnerships and interprofessional collaboration (FSC)
Social Work (MSW)
Our nationally recognized Master of Social Work (MSW) program focuses on transformative social work by weaving together the three intertwined philosophical strands of human rights and social justice; a strengths perspective; and social constructionism. These strands form the commitment to our profession and the relational, profound and generative elements of transformative social work.
Vermont’s progressive traditions offer unique opportunities for student practice within grass roots organizations as well as in more traditional state human service agency and private non-profit agency settings. Our MSW program emphasizes community and family-centered practice through a variety of professional roles and such diverse settings as schools, medical centers, mental health centers, government agencies, and community based organizations.
Special Education (M.Ed.) - Multiple Pathways
Designed for both experienced and aspiring professionals, our nationally accredited Master of Special Education (M.Ed.) offers licensure and non-licensure pathways, community-based internships, and mentoring and support from nationally recognized faculty and local professionals. Design an individualized program plan aligned with your professional interests and career goals. Courses are offered at convenient times to accommodate working professionals.
Social, Emotional and Bahavioral Health and Inclusive Education (Ph.D.) - Project RESILIENCY
PhD in SHIE prepares highly trained experts with cutting-edge interdisciplinary methodological skills that address critical issues to enhance educational equity and inclusive education promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral health of children, youth, and adults (birth to age 21) impacted by adversity such as trauma, maltreatment, poverty, racism, and other forms of marginalization.
Drawing on the disciplines, frameworks and research modalities of special education, social work, and public health, doctoral scholars will engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, training, and methodological rigor in advancing equity and inclusive education. The program includes ongoing participation in community-engaged and applied research teams working to develop and test programs and practices in school and community settings.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs will fully fund five doctoral scholars in the program through Project RESILIENCY.
Special Education Licensure Course Sequence
Designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree and experience in a relevant field. Register for online, hybrid or in-person courses leading the Special Education Licensure. School ESSER funds and scholarships are available for eligible applicants. Courses can be applied toward M.Ed.