Earn your B.S. and licensure in early childhood education with Northern Vermont University Online.

With NVU’s 90% online early childhood education program, you’ll jump in and make a difference in the lives of Vermont’s children in as soon as five semesters. The need for teachers with early childhood education licensure is high throughout the state of Vermont, and this program is designed to enable you to complete your bachelor’s of science degree with birth-to-age-five licensure while continuing to work full-time.

All courses in the early childhood education program are online, so that no matter where you live in Vermont, your career can benefit from our highly regarded education program. However, students in the program are required to participate in a face-to-face meeting on the Lyndon campus at the start of each semester, complete an onsite student-teaching requirement, and meet with their program advisor. 

Please note that applicants to the early childhood education program must use a program-specific application form. Please use the link below to access the ECE application. 

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Program Overview

  • To complete the program in five semesters, an associate's or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. Students are also required to take at least nine credits of 3000 and/or 4000 level Liberal Studies courses in addition ECE coursework, if not already earned elsewhere.
  • 2,000 hours of documented work experience with children from birth-age 5
  • Completion of Intro to Early Childhood Education course.
  • Students who have completed the Community College of Vermont Early Childhood Education program will have the easiest transition into the NVU ECE program because of an articulation agreement between NVU and CCV.

As part of successful completion of the program, you will obtain a B.S. in early childhood education and be recommended for licensure as a birth-to-age-five teacher in the state of Vermont. You will also complete and pass a Level 1 Licensure Portfolio, take and pass the PRAXIS Core test, and demonstrate their status as a highly qualified teacher in Vermont for birth to age five.