Vermont Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teacher preparation programs offered in Vermont provides key information to help you research the best option for your career needs. In order to work in the state’s school system, all teachers must complete an approved teacher preparation program from an accredited school. 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.

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Quick Facts

  • There are 13 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Vermont.1
  • 2 school offers an associate’s degree in education.1
  • 9 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
  • 12 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
  • 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023.3
  • No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022.4
  • 1 educator preparation provider (EPP) is accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.5

For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.

Comparison of Vermont Schools with 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 (AOE) 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.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2019-2020 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Vermont traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, 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).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Net Price1
Castleton UniversityNo402652%$17,528
Champlain CollegeNo931673%513492%$35,870
Goddard CollegeNo163100%$23,794
Middlebury CollegeNo33N.Av.$24,517
Northern Vermont UniversityNo991876%$16,800
Norwich UniversityNo184N.Av.$25,641
Saint Michael’s CollegeNo1946795%$31,096
University of VermontYes53410984%$20,235
Vermont Technical CollegeNo5711N.Av.$21,279

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Vermont

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023

  • University of Vermont (#62 tie)

Select Vermont Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

Castleton University

Castleton University is home to the School of Education. Undergraduates may pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Early Childhood Education and Special Education; a BA in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) for those interested in Elementary Education licensure; or a BA in Mathematics: Elementary Education. Students in the Secondary Education licensure program will pursue a degree in their teaching subject of choice (Biology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, History, Mathematics, or Social Studies), which will be paired with education courses to prepare them for licensure. Bachelor’s degrees certifying graduates to teach PreK-12 are also offered in Art Education, Music Education, and Physical Education. Castleton also offers four graduate programs in education: a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; or Special Education; and a Master of Music Education (MMEd).

University of Vermont

The University of Vermont’s (UVM) College of Education & Social Services was founded over 150 years ago and offers both undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs. Undergraduate students may select from programs including a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, or Secondary Education. Three graduate degrees are offered as Accelerated Master’s Pathway programs and can be completed in one additional year following undergraduate course completion. These programs are a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies; a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Middle Level Education or Secondary Education; and an M.Ed. in Special Education. UVM also offers an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction; Early Childhood Special Education; and Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration; as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

Community College of Vermont
660 Elm St
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-4060

Northern Vermont University-Johnson Campus*
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656
(800) 635-2356

Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Campus*
1001 College Rd
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(800) 225-1998

Student Reviews

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.

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

University of Vermont
85 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT 05405
(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

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2023: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2021 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx