Bachelor of Arts in Education

You design a program of study based on how you learn best.

At Goddard College, we believe the most effective education occurs when it is shaped around each student’s individual interests and goals. The Bachelor of Arts in Education is of special interest to educators, parents, or community/cultural workers who seek knowledge in the field of educational pedagogy and progressive education. In this program, you will chart a path of in-depth and expansive learning that has enduring meaning for your life and community, as well as contributing to the advancement of research and scholarship in your area of study.

Full (15 credits/semester) and part-time (9 credits/semester) study is available in the following areas:


As educators and teachers, we are both liberated and imprisoned by our own education and schooling. At Goddard we create a space for you to rethink and trust a new paradigm of learning, first for yourself and then to support for others.

The hallmarks of the Education program include:

We encourage you to speak to an admission’s counselor to learn more.

Admissions Information

The Bachelor of Arts in Education program is open to students who have already completed approximately 60 liberal arts credits and who wish to extend their knowledge in the field of education to meet personal and/or professional goals. Transfer credit and/or credit awarded for prior learning up to a total of 75 credits can be applied to the 120 semester hour credits required for the degree.

A minimum of three semesters of enrollment in the BA EDU program is required for graduation.

Students with less than 60 credits can begin their studies in Goddard’s Individualized Bachelor of Arts program and then transfer to the BA EDU program as an upper-division student.

Please contact the admissions office to learn more about the admissions process.

Degree Criteria

Throughout your course of study, you are expected to deeply engage with the degree criteria, working toward a full and sustained demonstration of them by graduation. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education will have successfully completed the Goddard undergraduate degree criteria and will also successfully have accomplished the following:

  • Gained an understanding and actualized the essential concepts of progressive education; namely, inquiry-based learning, reflection and critical thinking, and student-focused curriculum;
  • Prepared themselves to work toward the creation of a more just, humane, democratic, and sustainable world;
  • Produced a culminating project in the form of a senior study in an area of interest; for example, curriculum development, multicultural education, alternative education, environmental education, critical pedagogy, democratic schooling, collaborative teaching, feminist theories of education, or authentic assessment.


Twice a year at the start of each semester, students attend an intensive eight-day residency at the College’s main campus in Plainfield, Vermont or the program’s residency site in Seattle, Washington. Residencies are a rich time of exploration, connection, and planning.  A residency is comprised of:

  • Individual and group advising sessions
  • New-student orientation
  • Presentations by graduation students and commencement
  • Faculty, student, and guest workshops/presentations, mini-courses, and panels,
  • Peer work groups
  • Information and planning sessions related to teacher licensure
  • Information sessions (assessment of prior learning; financial aid; how to do research; how to access the College’s email and on-line resources; planning your final semester etc.)
  • Public readings, artistic presentations, panels, exhibitions
  • Co-curricular activities (support groups, recreational events, art shows, cabarets, film series, movement workshops, meditation space, art space, etc.)

Writing the semester study plan is an important focus of the residency for students. Working closely with your faculty advisor and supported by fellow learners, you articulate your educational and personal goals for your studies within the context of degree criteria and program requirements. The study plan is your detailed and individualized map and will address the following:

  • The semester’s learning goals
  • The resources the student plans to draw on (e.g., books, journals, conferences)
  • The methodology the student plans to use (e.g., library or field research, interviews, creative production)
  • The specific learning activities the student will undertake (e.g., creative and critical reading and writing, observations, field work, keeping a journal)
  • The academic work the student will produce (e.g. essays, visual art work, workshop reports, poems, interview transcriptions, annotations)
  • A bibliography of reading the student plans to do during the semester

Work of the Program

On a set schedule over 16 weeks of study and reflection, you will submit your work to your advisor. Typically, there are 5 submissions for full-time students; 3 submissions for part-time students. Evidence of the work completed can include essays, critical and creative writing, sample curriculums, classroom materials, documentation of art practice/works, book annotations, and a cover letter in which you reflect on the learning process.

Your advisor responds promptly in writing to your materials with a detailed letter addressing the various components of your work and containing appraisal, feedback, and suggestions. Through the regular exchange of work and responses, a sustained, meaningful dialogue takes place centered on your learning and goals. Students often describe this dialogue as transformative and empowering. At the end of the semester, in lieu of grades, students and advisors write comprehensive evaluations of the student’s learning.

Educational resources vary from independent study to field experience. Many studies focus on a particular issue or problem. Creative engagement and the integration of theory and practice are emphasized. Within an individualized focus, work may include studies in anti-racist education, alternative schooling, integrative arts, mediation, bilingual education, spirituality, and environmental sustainability, to name a few.


Students can enroll in the BA in Education Program in two locations:

The Plainfield, VT Campus, offering the following BA degree options:

The Seattle, WA Site offering the following BA degree options:

Goddard College programs operating in the State of Washington are authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council. For more information, please refer to Accreditation and Approvals.