Program Goals and Travel
Teaching is Learning
Our goals articulate the unifying theme of our college-wide teaching programs: “Teaching is Learning.” The Education Department program goals are:
- to prepare students to meet the competencies defined by the Vermont State Board of Education
- to increase students’ content competencies through the completion of a degree in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Liberal Studies, or Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
- to prepare students to be educators through extensive field-based experience in teaching and classroom work.
In order to prepare students to meet licensure requirements defined by the Vermont State Board of Education, competencies for every area in our program have been formulated based on analysis of the Standards for Vermont Educators and the Regulations Governing the Licensing of Educators and the Preparation of Educational Professionals.
These program competencies relate directly to appropriate state and national standards. Development and documentation of competencies by students is facilitated by an advisor who is a specialist in a particular field.
Travel and Study
By virtue of special relationships with schools overseas, during the summer students have the opportunity to visit England and observe a variety of classrooms in English schools. The experience is complemented with visits to sites of historical and cultural interest.