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Career Pathways into Teaching

Whether you’re a recent college graduate or are exploring a career change, UVM’s nationally recognized and accredited graduate programs offer you a flexible, high-quality pathway into a teaching career.

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Program Snapshot

Next Start Date

January 16, 2024

Learning Format



1-3 years

Time Commitment

8-10 hrs/wk. per course



VA Benefit Eligible







Gain Hands-on Experience Working in Schools

Each graduate program emphasizes real-world, hands-on, sustained and mentored teaching internships. Throughout the graduate program, you will work in schools under the mentorship of high-quality teachers to try out some of the innovative, research-based methods and strategies you are learning in your UVM courses.

UVM’s graduate programs offer pathways to becoming a teacher in the specialties of:

Considering the age group and content area that most interests you is important as you select a program. UVM faculty and staff are here to help you decide.

Upon completion of the master’s program, you will have fulfilled professional education requirements for Vermont state licensure in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • English
  • Foreign Language (French, Spanish, and Latin)
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics)
  • Special Education

Dual licensure is also possible for those students who meet the content requirements for multiple subject areas.


There are no courses that meet this criteria.

Students interested in learning more about a career pathway into teaching through the graduate programs described above, should visit the detailed graduate program pages contained on the College of Education and Social Services.

Students who have not yet enrolled in a graduate degree program, but are interested in taking a course through any one of these programs should follow the Registration button at the top of this page.



Students can complete some of the programs and be licensed within one year.  Enroll on a full- or part-time basis.  Our Graduate Program Coordinators work with you to determine your master’s degree of interest and help you have a clear sense of when you could be licensed and in your own classroom.

Career Ready

License Reciprocity Across the United States

Graduates of UVM’s teacher education programs will earn a Vermont license that is portable across the United States. Vermont has educator reciprocity with nearly every state and actively participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement. More information can be at the Vermont Agency of Education.

Collaborative Cohort Model

Learning requires dialogue and support. Every year, we select a small group of applicants for each of our programs. All our graduate programs are based on supportive and collaborative environments where our students experience coursework and internships in a collaborative cohort model.

Small Classes and Interactive Pedagogy

The small cohort size also results in seminar-style classes. We believe in modeling the type of learning opportunities that we hope you will then use with your students. As a result, you can expect to participate in collaborative and problem-based learning, investigative tasks, and active learning.

Accredited, Research-Informed, and Clinically Based

UVM graduate programs leading to teacher licensure are accredited at the national level by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and by the Vermont Agency of Education Results Oriented Program Approval (ROPA) process.

Our professors have extensive teaching and research experience in education. Most have been elementary, middle level, or high school teachers in diverse schools throughout the United States and abroad. Learn more about the work and current scholarship of our professors by visiting the College of Education and Social Services Faculty Profile System.

Sequence Overview


Please send an email to Roman Vogel in the College of Education and Social Services at expressing interest in becoming a certified teacher in Vermont, and your question will be routed to the appropriate Graduate Program Coordinator. You may also call the College of Education and Social Services at 802-656-2936.

UVM wants to support your investigation or pursuit of coursework and/or a graduate degree leading to a teaching license. With a call to our advisors, we can help direct you to sources of information, refer you to the appropriate faculty member, and/or walk you through the process of enrolling at UVM for the first time. We know that the needs of a working professional may be different than those of someone new to a profession, or one who is eager to leave their current position.

The short answer is that you could be licensed within one year. Factors that vary the timing of completion include which of the three specific graduate programs you select (each requires 30-36 credit hours of coursework), your ability to proceed on a full- or part-time basis, and whether your undergraduate coursework fulfills the subject area of interest. After consulting with our Graduate Program Coordinator for the specific master’s degree of interest, you will have a clear sense of when you could be licensed and in your own classroom!

  • If you have not consulted with the specific Graduate Program Coordinator for your degree of interest, please be in touch with them to let them know of your interest prior to applying to the program.
  • Application deadlines vary by program. Please review the application deadlines posted for your program of interest here.
  • Prospective students must apply to the Graduate College at the University of Vermont by completing a general application here.

For information about Professional and Continuing Education tuition and financial aid, please visit Student Financial Services. Summer tuition is offered at a discounted rate and can be found here.

First, thank you for your service, and yes, absolutely. UVM has an office that provides services to Veterans. Please contact David Carlson or his support staff by phone at 802-656-0581 or by email at Further information about Veterans Services at UVM may be found here: