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, and
  • 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 designed the curriculum to encourage a semester studying abroad.

Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher Education Curriculum 2020-2021


First Year

First Semester

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

Child Psychology
(PSY 131)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

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)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

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

First Semester

Reading & Language Development
(EDU 150)

Preschool Curriculum
(EDU 250)

Preschool Field Experience
(EDU 251)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Teaching Diverse Learners
(EDU 135)

Primary Curriculum
(EDU 255)

Primary Field Experience
(EDU 256)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose a 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, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 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)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Social Studies for Social Justice 
(EDU 313)

Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Specialization/minor/general elective course


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 course

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Student Teaching Capstone
(CCC 410EDU)

Integrated Curriculum & Student Teaching
(EDU 490)