Bachelor of Arts Degree in Childhood Education (B.A. CED)
The B.A. degree in Childhood Education prepares students for professional work with children. Learning is studied as a fundamental human endeavor involving culture and context, imagination and interaction, reason and reaction. Careful attention is given to the growth of children as individuals whose perceptions, interests, joys, strengths and challenges are formed through meaningful engagement with others.
JSC’s Childhood Education majors become knowledgeable professionals in the field of education, advocates for children and youth, and analytic and critical thinkers who use evidence, experience and encouragement to make the world instead of just passing through it. They help children succeed in school and beyond, and they advocate excellence and equity.
Students in this program complete numerous fieldwork placements in schools and youth agencies, including two practicums and a semester-long internship.
Students may complete the preliminary coursework for the B.A in Childhood Education through JSC's External Degree Program but should be prepared to travel to campus for meetings, interviews and presentations.
Elementary Teaching Endorsement
Students who want to become elementary school teachers (kindergarten through 6th grade) should declare Childhood Education as their academic major and apply to JSC's Teacher Education Program in Inclusive Elementary Education after completing their first education course. This is a unique, 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 JSC have specific entry requirements, including a minimum GPA, minimum scores on an academic knowledge exam (such as the SAT, ACT or PRAXIS I), and an interview. See the Office of Educator Licensure for more information.