Elementary and Special Education

Make a difference with a degree in inclusive childhood education from Northern Vermont University.

At Northern Vermont University, we’re committed to developing teachers who are passionate about teaching, inclusive and progressive in their practices, modern and up-to-date in their techniques, and committed to social equity and the delivery of education to diverse learners. If that description fits you, welcome.

The Only Program of Its Kind In Vermont

The undergraduate education program at Northern Vermont University-Johnson leads to a B.A. in childhood education with teacher license endorsement in both elementary education (grades K-6) and special education (grades K-8) — a program known as inclusive elementary education.

NVU-Johnson is the only campus in Vermont that offers an inclusive childhood education program, which is unique because you'll have endorsements in two areas. That means that if you decide to pursue a career as a classroom teacher, you have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help all students learn and thrive in their classroom, particularly students with disabilities. If you decide to pursue a career as a special educator, you will be well-positioned to work closely with classroom teachers to help their special education students learn and thrive in school. 

You’ll complete numerous fieldwork placements in schools and youth agencies, including two practicums and a semester-long internship, and you’ll graduate as a skilled and knowledgeable education professional, an advocate for children and youth, and a critical thinker prepared to help children succeed in school and beyond.

Elementary and Special Education Teaching Endorsement

Students who intend to teach grades K-6 should declare childhood education as their academic major and apply to NVU-Johnson's teacher education program in inclusive elementary education after completing their first education course. This is an innovative and rigorous program that prepares students to be extraordinary teachers and teacher leaders. Graduates are prepared to become candidates for a Vermont Initial Educator License with endorsements in both elementary education and special education (K-6) after just four years.

All teacher-education programs at NVU-Johnson have specific entry requirements, including a minimum GPA, minimum scores on an academic exam (SAT, ACT, or Praxis Core), and an interview. See the Office of Educator Licensure for more information.