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.
- 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)
US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2021
- University of Vermont (#79 tie)
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Vermont
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 School||CAEP Accred.?6||NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7||NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7||Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8||Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8||Licensing Exams Pass Rate8||Net Price***1|
|Northern Vermont University-Johnson||No||15%||—||—||—||—||$15,071|
|Northern Vermont University-Lyndon||No||—||3%||—||—||—||$15,071|
|Saint Michael’s College||No||—||5%||168||43||—||$31,997|
|University of Vermont||Yes||76%||25%||608||184||—||$19,815|
|Vermont College of Fine Arts||No||—||—||—||—||—||—|
*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
Castleton State College
62 Alumni Dr
Castleton, VT 5735
163 S Willard St
Burlington, VT 05401
College of St Joseph
71 Clement Rd
Rutland, VT 05701-3899
Community College of Vermont*
103 South Main St
Waterbury, VT 05676-0120
123 Pitkin Rd
Plainfield, VT 05667-9432
Johnson State College
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656-9464
Lyndon State College
1001 College Rd
Lyndonville, VT 05851-0919
University of Vermont
85 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT 05405-0160
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