Education: Early Childhood Education

Vermont State’s Early Childhood Education Program is the only program in Vermont that is online, accelerated and focused on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. You can complete your bachelor's degree in five semesters. All other programs recommended for licensure are traditional four-year programs, which are less convenient for students already working in the field. The program is designed so you can meet the requirements for licensure while maintaining a full-time position. 

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Why Study Early Childhood Education at Vermont State?

  • The credentials you need: Students in the program complete the requirements to earn a B.S. as well as a recommendation for Early Childhood Education licensure for Birth to Age 5.
  • Accelerated program: You can complete this program over the course of five semesters.
  • Personal attention: You will be paired with a dedicated advisor to help see you through the program.
  • Make connections: This program directly partners with the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VtAEYC) and administers T.E.A.C.H. federal grants for those who qualify.
  • Take your next step: Students who have completed Community College of Vermont’s Early Childhood Education A.A. program can transition into this program.
  • Learn from anywhere: All courses in this program are online. So no matter where you live in Vermont, you can benefit from our highly regarded education program.

Financial Aid for Early Childhood Education Students

T.E.A.C.H. offers scholarships toward a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Vermont State University, through a partnership between the recipient, the program where they are employed, and the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC). See T.E.A.C.H. for more information.

Additionally, more than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Experiential Learning in Early Childhood Education

We create student teaching and practicum placement agreements with local family childcare organizations, as well as licensed and public preschool programs throughout Vermont. Students in this program typically work in the field of early education while taking courses, which helps them apply the theory they are learning directly into practice.

Student Stories

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“The bachelor’s degree in early childhood education will open so many doors for me. I can stay in this job and pursue a co-teaching position, and explore other options, too.”

Joselyn Bull ’21
Early Childhood Education
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“As much as I knew I wanted to pursue a bachelor’s degree and teaching license, I lacked the right direction until I found this program. Realizing that a short year from now, I will have a bachelor’s degree and will be a licensed teacher in Vermont with a deep and rich knowledge of early childhood education fills me with so much excitement.”

Laura Gypson ’22
Early Childhood Education