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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023.

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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 leads to a bachelor of arts degree in inclusive childhood education with endorsements in both elementary education (grades K-6) and special education (grades K-8).

NVU has the only campuses 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.

Teaching Licensure with Endorsements in Elementary and Special Education

Students who intend to teach grades K-6 should declare inclusive childhood education as their academic major and apply to NVU’s teacher education program in inclusive childhood 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 (K-6) and special education (K-8) after just four years.

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


Associate Professor, Chair, Advisor
Advising: Education/Elementary Education (M.A.)
Assistant Professor, Advisor
Advising: Education/Digital Media Instruction (M.A.), Education/Special Education K-12 (M.A.)
A female teacher is reading a book to her young students.

“Learning by doing. The experiences I gained from working in a real classroom are more practical than words in textbooks.”

- Na Zhan '14


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