M.Ed. Residency

Students and faculty with Program Director Robin Ploof

Champlain's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education program includes 5 days of residency (offered in January and May) at our breathtaking Burlington, Vermont campus, overlooking Lake Champlain and New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

Students attending Walter Drew and Marcia Nell's workshop From Play to PracticeThe residency provides a space for rich, in-depth, face-to-face study of specific early education topics with your peers. Our January residency focuses on Vermont’s Early Care and Education Community and includes activities at the ECHO - Leahy Center for Champlain, an innovative lake aquarium that engages children in science play. Our May residency focuses on educating for a sustainable future and includes activities at Shelburne Farms, a 1,400-acre working farm that teaches children and adults to be stewards of our natural, agricultural, and cultural resources. Both residencies are developed to inspire early educators and offer a richly unique experience that enhances their learning throughout the remainder of the program.

The residency is a credit-bearing program. Students will earn 3 credits for GEE 502 Creating Constructive Environments by completing assigned reading and some initial coursework before the residency, participating in the 5-day residency itself, and producing a reflection assignment afterwards.

Residency allows you to meet your online classmates and faculty in person and transform the personal relationships you’ve built online in a face-to-face environment. It is also an opportunity to network with others with similar interests and develop lifelong connections.

During your time on our Burlington campus, you will also take part in shared professional development sessions with students in other Champlain College graduate programs from an array of professional backgrounds. For many students, our rich and inspiring residencies are a highlight of the program.

Extend your residency and take full advantage of your time in the beautiful City of Burlington, including dining, shopping, music, outdoor adventures, sightseeing and more.

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