Contact Kathryn Leo-Nyquist, Education Program Director
Phone: (802) 860-2700 x2554
Teaching middle school students is a positive and rewarding teaching experience. The rapid intellectual and physical development that happens between 10 and 15 years of age makes being an educator of pre-adolescents particularly exciting.
It takes a very special educator to appreciate the unique age and stage of these students and philosophically, and we believe teachers need specialized training to optimize the potential of Middle School learners. As a Middle School Teacher Education major, you'll dive deeply into curriculum design, learn specific strategies for integrating technology and begin to create your professional portfolio. You'll also get grounding in adolescent psychology and learning theory while spending an unprecedented amount of time working in middle school classrooms.
As a Middle School Teacher Education major, you'll take classes in Adolescent Psychology, Learning Theory and other education topics during your first semester through our Upside-Down Curriculum. You'll complete supervised field experiences in area middle and high schools that correlate with each semester's coursework, then spend the final semester of your senior year student teaching under the support and direction of a classroom teacher and a Champlain College instructor. Explore the classes you'll take at Champlain.
Vermont offers diverse educational settings, including rural, small-town and urban, so you will experience a broad range of learning environments spending upward of 30 hours in the field in your first year of the program. Working closely with community partners, you'll have the opportunity to identify local issues that can be addressed through service learning projects.
Learn in small class-sizes from our education faculty, including classroom teachers, special educators, curriculum area specialists and school leaders. You'll create strong personal relationships with your professors and other education majors-creating the ideal environment to learn how to be a teacher. Meet your professors.
As part of the curriculum you'll develop, implement and evaluate a project to make a difference in a local educational or youth-serving organization. You'll also have the option to work with English Language Learners (ELLs) to gain valuable new perspectives that will strengthen your abilities as a teacher.
The curriculum is designed to support a semester of optional international study. You can choose to take your international study at our campus in Montreal, Canada, or in Dublin, Ireland, where you will have the opportunity to intern in Irish classrooms. Or study virtually anywhere in the world through one of our Global Partners or third-party programs, such as Auckland, New Zealand and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Learn more about study abroad options.
You will graduate eligible for dual endorsement in Vermont, a licensure acknowledged by most states and includes two concentrations: Middle School English Language Arts and Middle School Social Studies. To be eligible for dual endorsement in Middle School English Language Arts, you'll focus on literature, writing and drama courses. For Middle School Social Studies, you'll focus on history, geography, economics and government. You will have the flexibility to teach English Language Arts and social studies in grades 5 through 8 nearly anywhere in the United States.
All students seeking licensure must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test and the Praxis II in their endorsement area. The majority of students complete this requirement (Seventy-three percent pass rate in 2013-2014) before graduation and additional students take the exam after graduation before being recommended for licensure. The Education program offers non-credit Praxis Review sessions for all exams.