Education

At Castleton University, we know it takes a University and a community of educators to prepare you to be a teacher.

You will have the opportunity to choose a major in the liberal arts and sciences and work toward licensure in elementary education or secondary education. You may also work toward an endorsement in special education in K-8 or 7-12. To support your program planning, you will be assigned two academic advisors: one in education and one in your chosen major.

To further develop as a future teacher, you will also choose a four-course liberal arts concentration that further deepens content knowledge in an area such as math or literature. On occasion students choose a major by contract in mathematics, history, literature, or the sciences.

Licensure-Track Options

  • Students seeking elementary licensure for kindergarten through sixth grades you may major in multidisciplinary studies. In consultation with your liberal arts advisor and an education advisor, you will have the opportunity to plan a major course study that is designed to provide you with the knowledge needed across all disciplines taught at the elementary level, as well as the education courses required for licensure.
  • Students seeking secondary licensure for 7-12 grades in secondary education typically choose to major in English, history, math, or science. In consultation with your advisers, you will have the opportunity to plan a course of study that provides you with the content knowledge needed in your area of interest.
  • Students interested in teaching art or Spanish must choose elementary or secondary licensure. In consultation with your advisers, you will have the opportunity to plan a major course of study that is designed to provide you with the knowledge needed in teaching art or teaching Spanish as a second language.

Community Relationships

Castleton pre-service teachers learn to teach through various school relationships and community partnerships that are built throughout your course of study.

Additionally, our local school professionals come to Castleton to study at the master’s level in order to reflect upon and to research educational questions. Castleton University offers graduate programs in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, and Educational Leadership.