Education & Human Studies

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Encompassing many community-minded careers, the majors in the Division of Education & Human Studies attract students who care about others: the born educator, the team player, the activist, the advocate for justice. You'll be making a difference in the world years before you graduate, through extensive field opportunities in schools, community organizations, government agencies, and other real-world settings. Graduates of our programs are hired quickly and go on to lead rewarding careers.

In addition to our robust social-justice oriented undergraduate majors, Champlain offers an online Master's in Early Childhood Education. This online degree program has specialized courses that allow you to choose a path focused either on Special Education, Teaching or Administration for Early Childhood Education. For students who choose Early Childhood Education for their undergraduate degree, the Champlain Masters in Education (M.Ed) degree is the natural next step to elevate your education career—which you can complete even while you are working as a full-time educator.


Education & Human Studies Majors

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BS in Criminal Justice

This exciting major immerses you in the field’s full range of possibilities and covers a spectrum of criminal justice topics—from lab-based forensics on blood and DNA samples to family violence and related systems of social services and support. Learn the fundamental principles needed in all criminal justice professions.

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BS in Education

As a student in Champlain's Education major, you'll begin work in your chosen area of focus during your first year. Our holistic approach to teacher education will equip you to teach in a variety of educational settings with a focus in one of three areas:

Early Childhood / Elementary Education

With this focus, you'll have many hands-on experiences working in a diverse range of local early childhood and elementary school classrooms. You'll complete supervised field experiences in early childhood and elementary schools that relate to each semester's coursework, and then spend the final semester of your senior year student teaching under the support and direction of a classroom teacher and a Champlain instructor.

Middle School Teacher Education

You'll start your first semester by gaining a solid foundation in adolescent psychology and learning theory. We prepare you to handle the challenges of teaching middle school so you can enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career teaching future generations. And you'll graduate eligible for Vermont licensure endorsement in both Middle School English Language Arts and Middle School Social Studies with the flexibility to teach grades 5-9.

Secondary Teacher Education

You'll take classes in adolescent psychology and learning theory, and spend time in local high schools starting in your first semester. You'll graduate eligible for licensure in either English Language Arts or Social Studies in the State of Vermont, and you'll have the flexibility to teach grades 7-12. You also will have the option to apply for a middle school endorsement (grades 5-9). 

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BS in Environmental Studies & Policy

Take action to improve our earth's future; this program is focused on the policies, tools, and human behaviors that affect the environment. Learn how to interpret statistics and environmental science, manage resources and waste, and drive policy changes.

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BA in Law

One of only two Bachelor of Arts Law programs in the country, this major provides exceptional versatility after graduation and features courses not usually encountered in undergraduate pre-law or legal studies programs. Each professor teaching Law at Champlain possesses a Juris Doctor degree, and the classes deliver a highly analytical education in subjects such as criminal law, contract law, evidence, civil procedure, legal ethics, and constitutional law.

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BS in Psychology

Career-focused and experiential, this eminently practical and diverse major allows you to customize your psychology studies toward specific applications in the professional world. In addition to learning major psychological concepts and techniques, you will also apply your understanding of human behavior to solve real-world problems in varied contexts. Upper level classes include professional and/or research internships to gain invaluable field experience.

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BSW in Social Work

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), this ambitious and broad-based major is grounded in a social justice framework which will prepare you for change efforts with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. You will graduate with the professional knowledge, values, and skills of generalist practice from a local to global perspective, along with over 400 hours of direct field experience gained through your senior internship.

Do Good Work in the World

In Champlain's Division of Education & Human Studies, you'll start making a difference in your first year—leading change, advocating for others, protecting the environment, and getting involved in the community.

Center for Mediation & Dialogue

Champlain's newest Center of Experience provides mediation, facilitation, and multi-stakeholder consensus-building services and education for Champlain College, the greater Burlington community, the state of Vermont, and beyond. Join the team and help lead change and convene civil conversations on important issues.

Center for Service & Sustainability

The Center for Service & Sustainability works to empower everyone at Champlain to advance social justice and responsible environmental stewardship locally and globally. From taking service-learning courses to modeling environmentally responsible behaviors on campus, there are endless ways to get involved. 

Community Partners & Internships

By engaging with local and global communities and taking on field internships during your four years of college, you can start your work now, develop real-world skills, and make a lasting impact.

JUST THE FACTS

THE BEST


The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

THE MOST


Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report in its "America's Best Colleges" 2020 ranking of universities in the North.

96%


Of 2018 graduates from the Division of Education & Human Studies are either employed or continuing their education within six months after graduating.

Do Good In the World

Students on a service-learning course at Burlington's Intervale Center

EHS Signature Courses

EHS Signature Courses are part of a four-year, innovative capstone experience, including "Making Connections" and "Hot Topics" and a "Social Justic Intensive."  Through your coursework, you'll cultivate the ability to see multiple perspectives, examine your assumptions of others, make connections between the classroom and field experiences, and apply what you've learned to new, complex situations. 

Study Abroad

In addition to our home in Vermont, we have campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, plus a mission and curriculum that encourage international study. Study Abroad is built into the curriculum, and many Education majors take advantage of the ability to teach while studying abroad at our Dublin campus. Overall, more than 60% of our students study abroad, and many also intern while they're there!

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