Education Settings

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Vermont State University’s Education Settings Concentration within the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program prepares you to address the emotional, academic, social, and physical needs of students in primary and secondary education.

In the core courses of the Social Work program, you’ll build a strong foundation in psychology, sociology, and social work. Within this concentration, you’ll study the learning process along with the laws and principles that relate to addressing the needs of diverse student populations. As a graduate, you can pursue entry-level support positions or earn your master’s to gain licensure as a school social worker.

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Joe Zeitler

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Michael Reeves

Associate Professor, Social Work Program Director


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Why Study Education Settings at Vermont State

  • Inclusive Emphasis: Learn to be attuned to the needs and capabilities of every student, creating environments where those who are often overlooked receive the care and support they deserve.  
  • Career Experience: Find a field placement in a local school system where you’ll have 400 hours of supervised experience to explore your career options and build practical skills. 
  • Acute Need: In recent years, the school-age population in the U.S. is experiencing a mental health crisis. Caring and well-trained professionals who can offer support are needed now more than ever. 

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Sample Courses

  • Perspectives on Learning 
  • Collaboration and Special Education Law 
  • Foundations of Inclusive Practices 

Program Accreditation

Vermont State University’s Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through May 2029, ensuring it will provide you with the foundational skills, knowledge, and values for social work employment or to continue your studies in graduate school.

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