Vermont Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

The information found on this page was compiled as a guide for aspiring teachers in Vermont. In order to work in the state’s school system, all teachers must complete an approved teacher preparation program from an accredited school. This guide to teacher preparation programs offered in the state provides key information to help you research the best option for your career needs. There are several colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in Vermont. In order to help you find the right teaching school that meets your career goals, this page contains lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. This guide is designed for both new teachers entering the workforce and experienced teachers looking to further their education level.

Quick Facts

  • There are 17 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Vermont.1
  • 1 college offers an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 12 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 14 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 4 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2021.4
  • No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2020.5
  • 1 not-for-profit teacher program is accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Vermont

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019*

  • Middlebury College (#38)
  • Marlboro College (#205)
  • Saint Michael’s College (#265)
  • University of Vermont (#238)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2021

  • University of Vermont (#79 tie)

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Vermont according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Vermont Agency of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Castleton UniversityNo11%1%19038$16,467
Champlain CollegeNo13616100%$37,566
Goddard CollegeNo479$22,083
Middlebury CollegeNo11$22,841
Northern Vermont University-JohnsonNo15%$15,071
Northern Vermont University-LyndonNo3%$15,071
Norwich UniversityNo335$23,801
Saint Michael’s CollegeNo5%16843$31,997
University of VermontYes76%25%608184$19,815
Vermont College of Fine ArtsNo

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Vermont: The University of Vermont’s College of Education goes back over 150 years. The college has certainly evolved since that time, but it has always been dedicated to educating educators that make a difference in the cities, states, and countries where they teach and perform their duties. The College of Education and Social Services is one of the largest on campus and is responsible for the education of over 800 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. The College consists of nearly 100 full-time faculty members as well as several support staff and administrators. The College offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees including a dozen undergraduate majors, ten master’s degree programs, two post-master’s certificates and one EdD program.

Castleton State College: CSC is a Vermont State College and is located in Castleton. The College focuses on a liberal arts education that infuses a diverse curriculum into the student’s major. Castleton has a thriving Department of Education that offers undergraduate and graduate level programs for current and future teachers. Undergraduates can get certified in elementary or secondary education and can choose from one of several endorsement areas such as special education, art, and other subject areas. Master’s level students can study non-certificated and certificated master’s programs. The non-certificated master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction provides a general framework of study while the master’s in Special Education provides expertise and licensure in Special Education. Students can choose from three different Masters of Education Special Education endorsements.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Vermont

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Castleton State College
62 Alumni Dr
Castleton, VT 5735
(802) 468-5611

Champlain College
163 S Willard St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 860-2700

Student Review: “My academic experience at Champlain College’s Early/Elementary Education program was unlike any other I’ve heard about or researched. Champlain’s education program requires the undergrad student to participate in an internship at least once per year. I left the program with 6 teaching experience opportunities, one of which included a semester abroad student teaching in a 4th-grade class. The program is flexible, innovative, supportive, and preparatory. The professors are experienced educators (with both children and adults) and work with the students on a very 1-to-1 basis. I learned how to be a well-rounded, inclusive, and informed educator. I learned this through learning thoroughly about child psychology, child-rearing methods, brain/physical development of the age group I’d be working with, and developing academic unit plans.” – Student at Champlain College

College of St Joseph
71 Clement Rd
Rutland, VT 05701-3899
(802) 773-5900

Community College of Vermont*
103 South Main St
Waterbury, VT 05676-0120
(802) 241-3535

Goddard College
123 Pitkin Rd
Plainfield, VT 05667-9432
(802) 454-8311

Johnson State College
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656-9464
(802) 635-2356

Lyndon State College
1001 College Rd
Lyndonville, VT 05851-0919
(802) 626-6200

University of Vermont
85 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT 05405-0160
(802) 656-3131

Student Review: “The academics at UVM can be extremely challenging if you want them to be, but you can also pick a lot of intro level course and breeze through. The rooms could be bigger, but at least you can live off campus for junior and senior year. The food is mostly disgusting but what can you expect, it’s college food. The surroundings definitely improve the college experience. With the Green Mountains in the background, it’s difficult to not be impressed with Vermont’s natural beauty.” -Nyan O., student at University of Vermont

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-best-college-values-college-finder/index.php#Tile
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2021: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2020: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of` Education 2018 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx