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Teacher Education / Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3) B.S.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

The Early Childhood program provides students with a supportive, yet rigorous, learning environment, in which they develop the perspectives, knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with families, co-professionals and children, from birth through grade 3, in a variety of classroom and community-based settings.  The course of study is divided into six categories:

1. Professional Preparation Sequence 
2. Content Concentration focusing on the disciplines of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
3. General Education Courses 
4. Diversity Courses: Two University required courses (D1 & D2) and two Teaching For Diversity (TFD) courses
5. Sustainability Course: EDTE 074-Science of Sustainability
6. Electives: A minimum of three

The program involves substantial field-based experiences and makes significant use of the UVM Campus Children’s School and area public schools as practicum sites. Graduates of the program who successfully complete all requirements are eligible for Initial Teacher Licensure, Birth – Grade 3, from the State of Vermont. The Birth-Grade 3 Professional Preparation sequence involves three components.

Component One

The first component is foundational and goes in-depth into to the education of children and includes the following courses: EDEC 001EDEC 063HDFS 060, and EDEC 122. This component also emphasizes the important link between a child's family, cultural identity, and school experiences. 

Component Two

The second component introduces students to the rationale, practices, strategies and pedagogical frameworks used in the provision of meaningful, engaging and inclusive learning experiences for young children. Alongside observation and documentation skills, as well as approaches to curriculum development. Courses specific to this component include: EDEC 101, EDEC 103, EDEC 139, EDEC 140, EDEC 179EDEC 181, and EDEC 182

Component Three

The third component includes two student teaching experiences via EDEC 179 in the UVM Campus Children’s School; Then  EDEC 187 and EDEC 188 in a local public school.

A minimum of 120 credits are required for successful program completion. 


A Possible Curriculum in Early Childhood Education:

First YearCredits
EDEC 001 Intro Early Care & Education4  
EDSP 005 D2:Iss Aff Persons W/Disabil3  
ENGS 001 Written Expression3  
EDEC 063 Child Development3  
General Education Course3  
Content Concentration  3
HDFS 060 Family Context of Development  3
General Education Courses  3
EDTE 056 D1:Lang Policy Issues,Race&Sch  3
EDEC 122 Fundamentals of EC Education  3
Year Total: 16 15
EDEC 101 Multiple Roles of Tcher in ECE3  
EDEC 103 Early Childhood Practicum4  
General Education Course3  
Content Concentration3  
TFD Course3  
EDEC 139 Early Childhood Internship  9
EDEC 140 Early Childhood Seminar  3
EDTE 074 SU: Science of Sustainability  3
Year Total: 16 15
EDEL 156 Teaching Math for Meaning3  
EDEC 181 K-3 Inquiry3  
EDEC 182 K-3 Literacy3  
EDEC 179 K-3 Interdisciplinry Practicum4  
Electives3 3
General Education Courses  9
Content Concentration  3
Year Total: 16 15
General Education3  
Content Concentration3  
TFD Course3  
EDEC 187 K-3 Studnt Teachng Internship  12
EDEC 188 K-3 Seminar  3
Year Total: 12 15
Total Credits in Sequence: 120