John Dewey Kitchen Institute

John Dewey Kitchen Institute FAQs

Are there any discounts available for UVM affiliates?

A 20% discount is available for UVM students, UVM alumni, UVM current and retired faculty and staff and their spouses and dependents.

What does a typical day look like?

Each day is unique, but some shared elements are short instructional lectures and demonstrations, network/project time with classmates, and debrief at the end of the day. See the schedule.

What is the time commitment per week?

The time commitment is about 20 hours, one half day and 2 full days.

Do I have to stay in the university’s dorms?

We do offer on campus housing with the option of a single or double room. There are also plenty of hotels around the area to make overnight accommodations at.

Who are typical student audiences taking this course?

The typical student is someone related to education, whether they are a teacher, instructor, or faculty member who is looking for a unique hands-on summer workshop. It is also for individuals who are curious about the intersection of food, philosophy and teaching, and are interested in exploring a new approach to experiential learning.

Are materials included? If yes, how are they distributed?

All course materials are included in the price and will be accessed through Blackboard, our online platform or handed out in class.

Is this program accredited?

Program participants earn a Certificate of Achievement through the University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education upon successful completion.

Is this a graduate level program?

This program is designed for professionals who are rising leaders, supervisors and managers of all levels. No undergraduate degree is required to participate in the program.  Some of our participants have more advanced degrees.

Do I have to pay for parking?

Yes, if you opt to park on campus. When you register you can opt for a parking pass, which is required on weekdays for on-campus parking. A parking permit is included for those staying on campus.

Is Federal or Institutional Financial Aid available? Also, is tuition remission available for UVM employees?

While this non-credit Certificate does not qualify for federal student grants, loans or University of Vermont scholarships, depending on your home state, this program may qualify for workforce development grants. Contact your State Department of Labor to determine which grants may support individuals seeking education to pursue opportunities for career change. This is a Non-Credit program therefore tuition remission is unavailable for UVM employees. UVM employees may select the 20% discount option available during registration.

The Vermont Legislature designates a certain amount of grant money every year for Vermont residents who want to pursue education or training beyond high school. These grants are administered through the Vermont Student Assistance Corp, (VSAC), and are distributed based on financial need.

Can I enroll in this Certificate if I am an out-of-state or international student? Does the tuition rate differ if I am an out-of-state or international student?

Yes! Anyone may enroll in the program. The tuition rate is set at $495 for all students and does not differ based on a student’s residency.

Are payment plans available?

No formal payment plans are currently available for this program, tuition must be paid in full prior to beginning the program. You have the option of paying in full, or by making a minimum payment of $500 at registration, however, ensuring the balance due is two weeks prior to the start of the offering.

What is the payment policy?

All payments must be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of this offering. A participant will not be allowed to attend this program if a balance is due. You have the option of paying in full by credit card, or by making a minimum payment of $500 at registration, however, ensuring the balance due is paid in full two weeks prior to the start of the offering.  You will receive email reminders if you have a balance due.   If you are paying by a check or purchase order, e mail payments to University of Vermont CDE, 322 South Prospect Street, Burlington VT 05401, ATTN:  Accounts Receivable.

What is the refund policy?

If you need to cancel your attendance from this offering, you must notify us via email at at least 3 days prior to the start date of this offering, to receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. If a medical condition necessitates cancellation/withdrawal (documentation provided), this will be reviewed by our Studies Committee for any type of a refund.

Why should I attend this program over others?

This is a unique 3-day, on-campus workshop that applies John Dewey’s philosophy into our kitchen lab, as a way to emphasize experiential education, as an important pedagogical approach for teaching any subject.

Will I receive a 1098-T for this program?

1098-T forms are not issued for this program. However, you may be eligible for a tax credit without this form if you meet IRS requirements.  For more information, please see this link or consult with a tax professional.