Contact Kathryn Leo-Nyquist, Education Program Director
The Education major with a focus in Secondary (High School) grades is driven by hands-on experience; at Champlain, we understand the importance of learning by doing.
As a Secondary Education student, you'll complete supervised field experiences in Vermont middle and secondary schools—in rural, small town, and urban settings—that correlate with each semester's coursework. In your first year alone, you'll spend upward of 30 hours in a classroom—a number unheard of at many institutions.
From then on, you'll spend time each semester in real classrooms, and then spend the final semester of your senior year student teaching with the support and guidance of a classroom teacher. You'll have the opportunity to work with English Language Learners (ELLs) to gain valuable new perspectives that will strengthen your abilities as a teacher.
With four years of classroom placements under your belt before graduation, not only will you have gained real-world knowledge, but you'll graduate with a marketable résumé full of experiences that will make you stand out in a field of applicants.
We want you to be well prepared for your first internship, externship, or other fieldwork. After your first year of exploratory practical education, you'll be ready to work with your Career Advisor to take the next step.
Local and national employers turn to Champlain for college interns because they are better prepared to work in professional environments than the majority of their peers from other institutions. Many Champlain graduates receive full- and part-time job offers from the organizations where they first took their internships or externships.