Welcome to the College of Education and Social Services (CESS)!
We are committed to preparing outstanding professionals in the fields of education, social work, counseling, and human development; engaging in scholarship designed to address the world’s most pressing problems; and providing exemplary professional service to Vermont, the nation, and the world. I am honored to serve as the dean of our extraordinary community of students, faculty and staff.
Our college strives to create a more humane and just society, maximizing human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families and communities. We do so through innovative programming that emphasizes academic quality, experiential and place-based learning, community-engaged research, and inclusive excellence. Our faculty and alumni play leading roles in transformative teaching, scholarship, policy, and service - in Vermont, nationally, and globally.
Our commitment to excellence is evidenced through nationally accredited and highly ranked academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, nationally and internationally recognized research and scholarship activity, and our on-the-ground work with state and federal agencies, schools and districts, and community-based organizations. Our long-standing community-engaged degree and research programming affords multiple opportunities for CESS students to work directly with children and youth, families, and community partners. Students may also explore an array of exciting international opportunities that integrate study abroad experiences into our CESS programs.
The College’s outstanding faculty and staff bring a diverse and unique combination of expertise in education and social services that encourages our understanding of the interconnectedness of schools, families, and communities. We are dedicated to collaborating across disciplines to address complex problems and contributing to the health of our societies.
We are committed to the success of our students and to a sense of community that reflects our core values and the ideals of the university. Our students are drawn to the open, inclusive, and action-oriented culture of our college and UVM, and to the many opportunities that exist to participate in Vermont’s vibrant environments.
I invite you to explore the academic and research opportunities found within the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. We look forward to speaking with you, answering your questions, and helping you arrange an on-campus visit. You can reach us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 802-656-3468.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Katharine G. Shepherd, Ed.D.