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Are you looking for initial licensure in grades K through 6? If so, College of St. Joseph’s Master’s-level program in Elementary Education is the right fit for you – offering a master’s degree option as well as post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification.

This master’s degree program will prepare you with a foundation of educational theory, research, and practices for teaching in the elementary classroom. This preparation focuses on reading theory and practice, thematic teaching and portfolio assessment.

Courses emphasize critical thinking, evaluation and writing. Additionally, you will be required to complete a three-credit practicum prior to the 15 weeks of consecutively scheduled student teaching in an elementary school classroom.

The three-credit practicum is used to meet the 60 hours of early field experience required for licensure in the State of Vermont and is designed to prepare you for student teaching.

Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Elementary Education

Like the Elementary Education Licensure graduate degree program, College of St. Joseph’s Education Division also offers a graduate program for Elementary Education Endorsement.

This program is for students who have current teacher licensure in another area or level. Courses include topics in curriculum development, educational research, developmental reading and more.

You will be required to complete a three-credit practicum. The three-credit practicum is used to meet the 60 hours of early field experience required for licensure in the State of Vermont.

Paths to the teaching career you desire

The Education Division’s graduate programs offer three pathways for a person interested in teaching in a public school in Vermont. CSJ also offers a Master of Education degree for those who want to expand their understanding of the education process, but do not plan to teach in a classroom setting.

  • For those who do not have a teaching license, but hold a bachelor’s degree: Gaining licensure will qualify you to teach in a Vermont classroom. Our graduate programs lead to initial licensure in Elementary Education, Special Education at the elementary or secondary levels, or English or Social Studies at the secondary level.
  • For those who have a current teaching license and wish to earn a master’s degree: Earning an endorsement and master’s degree can qualify you to teach in a new subject area. We offer master’s degree programs that lead to endorsement in elementary education, reading and special education.
  • For those who have a current teaching license and do not plan to earn a master’s degree: CSJ offers post-baccalaureate programs that qualify you to teach in a different subject area. We offer post-baccalaureate programs in elementary education, reading, special education K-8 and/or grade 7 to age 21, English grades 5-12, and social studies grades 5-12.


  • Our Education Division is able to tailor programs to meet your needs and interests.
  • Learning the latest classroom trends and earning dual certification bolsters your resume and expands your employment options.
  • Our accomplished faculty have decades of experience in the classroom and in administrative roles.
  • Our alumni hold teaching and school leadership positions near and far.


Full-time$14,000per academic year
Part-time$600per credit
Part-time Fee $75per semester

Getting started

College of St. Joseph accepts students into our graduate programs who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, along with an academic record that indicates the ability for success in our graduate programs. To complete your application, the following items are required.

  1. Your complete graduate application.
  2. 500-1000 word statement of purpose.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. An up-to-date resume.
  5. Official college transcripts showing all undergraduate and graduate level work*
  6. Scores from PRAXIS (for Elementary Education; Special Education; and Reading graduate programs)
  7. A copy of your current teacher licensure (for Education Division applicants who are not seeking initial teaching licensure. A copy of your current teaching license is required for Reading Program applicants).

*These must be sent directly to the college from another institution that bears the official seal of the school and/or the signature of an official.

About the Education Division

The Education Division at College of St. Joseph gives you the latest essential skills for educators. The division offers a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies for undergraduate students, and the following options at the graduate level:  Secondary Education in English or Social Studies, Elementary Education Program, Education in Reading (Endorsement), General Education, Special Education Program, as well as Online Graduate Courses in Educational Leadership. We also offer professional development opportunities with our Urban Education Development Initiative.