Education: Elementary Education – Inclusive Childhood Education

At Vermont State University, we’re committed to developing teachers who are passionate about teaching, inclusive and progressive in their practices, modern and up-to-date in their techniques, and committed to social equity and the delivery of education to diverse learners. If that description fits you, welcome!

The undergraduate education program at Vermont State leads to a B.A. in Inclusive Childhood Education with endorsements in both elementary education (grades K-6) and special education (grades K-8). Our teacher preparation programs, approved by the Vermont Agency of Education, have produced award-winning teachers over the years. You will graduate well-prepared to pursue licensure from Vermont State.

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Why Study Inclusive Childhood Education at Vermont State?

  • A unique program: Vermont State offers the only inclusive childhood education program in the state.
  • Double qualifications: Completing this program qualifies you to teach elementary education in grades K to 6 and/or special education in grades K to 8.
  • The skills you need: If you decide to pursue a career as a classroom teacher, you have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help all students learn and thrive in their classrooms, particularly students with disabilities.
  • Special ed training: If you decide to pursue a career as a special educator, you will be well-positioned to collaborate with students, families, and school professionals to ensure that all students learn and thrive in school.
  • Live and work where you want: Vermont teaching licenses are accepted reciprocally by many other states.

Concentration in Inclusive Childhood Education

Financial Aid for Inclusive Childhood Education

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in elementary education to students across Vermont and Beyond. 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 & Jobs in Inclusive Childhood Education

You’ll complete numerous fieldwork placements in schools and youth agencies, including two practicums and a semester-long internship. You’ll graduate as a skilled and knowledgeable education professional, an advocate for children and youth, and a critical thinker prepared to help children succeed in school and beyond.

Previous students have:

  • Spent 60 hours in a practicum at Cambridge Elementary observing, designing and executing lesson plans, reading books to students, and helping the teacher.
  • Worked in the Stowe and Cambridge elementary schools in various roles, from student teaching to observing classrooms, teaching occasional math and literacy lessons, and working with students in special education classes.

Student Stories

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“I didn’t have a career plan at all. Now, I’m really looking forward to learning more, getting prepared, and entering the education field.”

Sam Cavazos ’21

“We get so many real-life experiences as education majors. We’re able to really connect with schools and see examples of real-life teaching.”

Catie Roman ’20
Elementary and Special Education
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