Colleges offer credit and non-credit courses, and award academic degrees, credentials and certificates. Almost all of them offer some courses online in addition to traditional face to face classes. Some courses are hybrid – a mixture of face to face meetings with online. You do not have to be in a degree program to take college courses.
The side bar document lists colleges and universities in Vermont and nearby states with programs of study for early childhood and/or afterschool professionals.
- Talk with a college advisor, and check the college website to find the coursework for the upcoming semester.
- Some of the colleges are approved to recommend for teacher licensure through the Vermont Department of Education.
- Learn more about college and university pathways
Colleges and Universities in Vermont
Vermont has 22 public and private colleges and 2 universities.
The Community College of Vermont (CCV) is the only community college system in the state. It has 12 academic centers across Vermont, and awards an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood, Education, Human Services and other areas relevant to early childhood and afterschool professionals. It also awards a CCV child care certificate.
There are 5 Vermont state (public) colleges http://www.vsc.edu
They receive a modest amount of public funding appropriated by the Vermont legislature and tend to be less expensive for Vermonters. It is often easier to transfer credits and align courses among them.
Many of the private, independent institutions in Vermont also accept transfer credits and degrees from each other and from the public colleges. Always check with the institution about transfer credits, degrees and credit waivers.
Colleges in other states
New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts also have public and private colleges near the Vermont border. The ones with coursework relevant to early childhood or afterschool are listed in the side bar document.