Frequently Asked Questions
Early child care and education providers who:
Work in a regulated preschool, child care center, or home program for at least 30 hours/ week.
Have worked with children birth to age 5 in current program for at least 3 months.
Are working toward a Vermont Early Childhood Apprenticeship Certificate, Early Childhood Associates Degree or Bachelor’s Degree, or an endorsement or teacher licensure at a Vermont college.
Have the support of your employer (if applicable).
Demonstrate participation in or progress towards a quality initiative such as STARS, Head Start, or NAEYC/NAFCC Accreditation.
Early Childhood Associate Degrees through Community College of Vermont (CCV)
Early Childhood Bachelor’s Degrees through:
Vermont Early Childhood Apprenticeship Certificate coursework at CCV
Pathways to Early Childhood Education Licensure:
Coursework in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education at Northern Vermont University – Lyndon through the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative
The VT Agency of Education Peer Review process for Early Childhood Teacher Licensure
- Castleton University Professional Licensure Peer Review Portfolio Development Course for Early Childhood Educators
Talk with your director (if applicable) about supporting you on a scholarship. We would love to help you have this conversation!
Explore your options – check out:
Community College of Vermont (CCV) Early Childhood Education (A.A.) or
Northern Vermont University (NVU) Early Childhood Education (B.A.) or
Saint Michael’s College Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education endorsement (B.A.) or
Springfield College Human Services with an Early Childhood Education concentration (B.A.) or
Champlain College Early Childhood Education (B.A.) or
Castleton University Early Childhood & Special Education (B.A.) or
Vermont Higher Education Collaborative Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Educator pathway to licensure or
VT Agency of Education Peer Review alternative pathway to licensure or
Castleton University Professional Licensure Peer Review Portfolio Development Course for Early Childhood Educators
Think about your long term career goals.
Contact T.E.A.C.H. to talk with a counselor about scholarship options.
Fall Term — July 15th
Spring Term — December 1st
Summer Term — April 15th
About Early Childhood Education and Community Colleges
There are many different courses a student can take. They include courses on child development, educational materials and activities, children’s art, working with parents, nutrition, teaching children with special needs and child care administration.
A high school diploma or equivalent is all you need. There is a skills assessment (Accuplacer) that is required to be completed before entry.
Contact the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at the college. You can reach him/her by calling the main number at the college. The Coordinator will tell you how to enroll and help you select your classes.
Classes are offered on a trimester-basis and each trimester lasts approximately 12-15 weeks. Generally the trimesters begin in January, May, and August.
CCV offers classes during the day, evenings, on weekends and online. Contact your local CCV site to find out what courses are available and when.