Early Childhood / Elementary Teacher Education Curriculum

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher Education classes beginning in your first semester. This gives you an exceptional amount of time to gain critical firsthand experience, allowing you to apply your learning on the job and take concepts directly from your Champlain classrooms into your apprenticeship classrooms.

Our program lets you choose from two curriculum options: 

  • A dual endorsement in Early Childhood (Pre-K through grade three) and Elementary Education (kindergarten through grade six); or 
  • A dual endorsement in Early Childhood (birth through grade three) and Elementary Education (kindergarten through grade six).

Both options prepare you to:

  • Meet the developmental needs of students.
  • Structure the learning environment to achieve age-appropriate learning outcomes.
  • Integrate technology into the classroom.
  • Graduate eligible for licensure in the state of Vermont, which is acknowledged in most states.

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? Our Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher Education faculty built the curriculum to encourage a semester studying abroad.

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Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher Education Curriculum 2019-2020


First Year

First Semester

Children's Literature & the Expressive Arts
(EDU 125)

Child Psychology
(PSY 131)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Foundations of Teaching and Learning 
(EDU 110)

Second Semester

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115)

Math & Science for Young Children
(EDU 160)

American History I
(HIS 110)

OR

American History II
(HIS 111)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

*In the second year, students MUST take EDU 250, 251, 255 and 256. EDU 250 and 251 MUST be taken together, and EDU 255 and 256 MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Reading & Language Development
(EDU 150)

Primary Curriculum*
(EDU 255)

AND

Primary Field Experience*
(EDU 256)

OR

Preschool Curriculum*
(EDU 250)

AND

Preschool Field Experience*
(EDU 251)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Teaching Diverse Learners
(EDU 135)

Preschool Curriculum*
(EDU 250)

AND

Preschool Field Experience*
(EDU 251)

OR

Primary Curriculum*
(EDU 255)

AND

Primary Field Experience*
(EDU 256)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Elementary Science Methods
(EDU 311)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Natural Science w/ Lab
(SCI XXX)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

Social Studies for Social Justice 
(EDU 313)

Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Specialization / Minor / General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Managing the Learning Environment
(EDU 320)

Elementary Language Arts
(EDU 310)

Elementary Math Methods
(EDU 312)

Reflective Practices in Education
(EDU 425)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

Student Teaching Capstone
(CCC 410EDU)

Integrated Curriculum & Student Teaching
(EDU 490)