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Division of Education & Human Studies

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Encompassing many career options, the majors in the Division of Education & Human Studies attract students who care about others: the born educator, the team player, the lover of justice. As a student in the Division of Education & Human Studies, 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. 

Champlain's online Master's in Early Childhood Education program is the natural next step if you aim to elevate your education career with an M.Ed.—even while you work full-time.

Undergraduate Majors

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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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Early Childhood / Elementary Education

You’ll be in the classroom with students as early as your first year and spend time every semester in field experiences to immerse yourself in the profession. This major allows you to qualify for a dual licensure endorsement in the state of Vermont: Choose a dual endorsement in Early Childhood (Pre-K–grade 3) and Elementary Education (grades K–6) or a dual endorsement in Early Childhood (birth–grade 3) and Elementary Education (grades K–6).

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Environmental Studies & Policy

Zero in on the frontline tools, human behaviors, policies, politics and innovations surrounding environmental issues in this world-changing major. You’ll learn systems thinking, the management of resources and waste and new approaches to sustainability. Become skilled at interpreting statistics and environmental science, and gain the knowledge, skills and experience to impact policy decisions about the complex issues that affect our environment.

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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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Middle School Teacher Education

More job openings exist for teaching middle school students than any other age group. As a Middle School Teacher Education major, you’ll get grounding in adolescent psychology and learning theory during your very first semester. You’ll cover curriculum design, learning strategies and culturally responsive instructional practices. You’ll complete numerous supervised field experiences and spend the final semester of your senior year student teaching.

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Career-focused and experiential, this eminently practical and diverse major allows you to customize your psychology studies toward specific applications in the professional world. Not only will you learn 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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Secondary Teacher Education

You’ll receive an unparalleled amount of hands-on experience working in a diverse range of teaching environments, including urban, small town and rural educational settings. Your course of study will depend on your subject matter of interest. You’ll graduate eligible for licensure for grades 7–12 in either English Language Arts or Social Studies in the state of Vermont. You will also have the option to apply for a middle-level endorsement for grades 5–9, with some additional coursework, adding value and marketability to your degree.

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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 420-plus hours of direct field experience gained through your senior internship.