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The Head of the Class

Get field experience through our Upside-Down Curriculum, and maximize your experiential learning.

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As a student in Champlain’s Education major, you’ll start spending time in local classrooms in your first year. With support and expert guidance, you’ll increase your classroom involvement throughout the following semesters until you’re ready to take the lead. Our holistic approach to teacher education will equip you to teach in a variety of settings, and you’ll choose a focus for licensure endorsement. You can specialize in grades ranging from early childhood through high school, and you can focus in many different subject areas. Your Faculty Advisor will help you find the perfect academic pathway to your ideal teaching career.

What Is Education?

There will always be a need for qualified and passionate educators. By majoring in Education, you’re taking the first step toward becoming a teacher or administrator in an educational setting. This can prepare you for a career in public or private schools, or in other settings such as colleges, community organizations, and private tutoring.

Why Study it at Champlain College?

Champlain’s Education major offers a breadth of concentrations available, with each corresponding to a teaching licensure endorsement. Want to be a middle school social studies teacher? Through that concentration, you’ll have deep subject-area training and the opportunity to graduate with licensure. The concentrations are designed to mix and match as you choose or enable you to select a minor. A dedicated Faculty Advisor will help you navigate these options and choose the concentration(s) that suit you best.

As an Education major at Champlain, you’ll spend time in a local school beginning in your first year, getting a head start in building the skills and experience to launch your teaching career with confidence.

You’ll quickly discover where your strengths and interests lie—or if the field is right for you—through the Upside-Down Curriculum. Working with various age groups and populations early on, you’ll begin to focus your academic journey by declaring a concentration(s) after your first year.

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Different by Design

Real Classrooms, Right Away

The Education program and Upside-Down Curriculum will put you in local classrooms your first semester at Champlain College, which is unheard of for other education programs.

Choose Your Specialty

Know what grade and subject you want to teach? There’s a concentration for that. And each of Champlains subject and grade-level concentrations can lead to licensure.

Guides to Show the Way

Your professors become your reliable mentors, pointing out academic and co-curricular activities to build your professional skillset and enhance your resume.


of Education majors in the Class of 2023 achieved career success within six months of graduation. That’s success you can see.


of our Early Childhood/Elementary Education majors over the last six years were either employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduation.


Champlain College was listed among the “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report in 2024.

Loan Forgiveness

Students who complete the education major and become a teacher in Vermont can receive different types of loan forgiveness and assistance, including:

Sample Courses in the Education Major

Our Education curriculum is designed for students who want to jump into the classroom and get a head start on their careers. You’ll get equipped with a strong foundation in psychology, teaching methods, and skills you’ll need for a successful career. You’ll tailor your learning through a concentration – or several – that combines your interests and passions with specific areas in the field. Check out some of the engaging and hands-on courses in our program.


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Career Success

Working with your faculty advisor, you’ll explore the range of careers in education to set you up for success. 100% of Champlain Education majors from the Class of 2023 achieved career success.

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Education student interns at a local school, reading to the children

By the time you graduate, you will…

  • Use your understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  • Understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  • Work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

Champlain graduates go on to careers such as…

  • School Teacher
  • Education Administrator
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Grant Writer
  • After-School Mentor
  • Private Tutor
  • Prison or Juvenile Facilities Instructor

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