Contact Kathryn Leo-Nyquist, Education Program Director
Phone: (802) 865-2700 x2554
Want to change the world? There's no better place to start than in the classroom. If you're passionate about teaching the lessons we can learn from history or communicating the power of language, the Secondary Teacher Education program allows you to interact with teenagers starting in your first semester. In addition to thorough preparation to become an English or Social Studies teacher, the Secondary Teacher Education major will prepare you to become a leader in education. The face of education is changing, and the world needs a new generation of innovative educators. This program has been structured to equip teachers to rise to the educational challenges of tomorrow.
Thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll take classes in Adolescent Psychology, Learning Theory and other education topics during your first semester. You'll dive deeply into curriculum design and learn strategies for integrating the latest digital technologies into the classroom, progressing from one day a week to full-time involvement in local schools throughout your four years. By the time you graduate, you will have the full classroom experience, from observing to developing and teaching lesson plans that you designed. 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. And you'll spend 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.
Working with community partners, 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.
You can choose to take your international study at our campus in Montreal, Canada, where you can complete a field-based internship 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 our study abroad options.
Your subject-area course of study will depend on your content concentration. For licensure in English/Language Arts, you'll focus on literature, writing and drama courses. For Social Studies, you'll focus on history, geography, economics and government. You'll graduate eligible for Vermont state licensure-acknowledged by most states-for grades 7-12 in either English Language Arts or History/Social Studies.
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.