If you are highly motivated and passionate about becoming an educator, then Goddard College can offer an individualized pathway for achieving your dream. Whether you are just beginning your Bachelor of Arts in Education, or are a transfer student, we provide you with the opportunity to tailor your own program and goals and to become an educator capable of transforming your students, classroom, and community.
Our program gives future educators a strong grounding in pedagogy and curriculum development and implementation. But we do much more: you’ll be given the space to adapt the theory that you learn to the world in which you live. Along the way, you’ll be encouraged to explore and trust a new paradigm for learning, first for yourself, and then for the students and communities you wish to inform and empower.
The Bachelor of Arts in Education is of special interest to educators, parents, or community/cultural workers interested in the field of educational pedagogy and progressive education. You’ll experience in-depth and expansive learning that will provide a strong foundation for future research and scholarship in your area of study, while also cultivating enduring meaning in your life and profession.
The Goddard Difference
Our philosophy starts with the idea experience and education are intricately linked
The Bachelor of Arts in Education program is open to students 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 in Education program is required for graduation.
See complete application instructions for the BA in Education here.
Goddard’s Education Program offers full- and part-time study leading to the following degrees:
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts can focus their studies in the following areas:
Students pursuing the Master of Arts can focus their studies in the following areas:
Students in the Education Program may choose to attend residencies virtually from where the student is based or on-campus in Plainfield, VT on Goddard’s historic campus, located just outside Montpelier, the state capital. It’s a former farm with a manor garden, surrounding forests, and period architecture.
When you apply, you’ll select your residency modality for your first semester. For subsequent semesters, you can continue in your first chosen modality or switch to a different one.
Residencies are a rich time of exploration, connection, and planning. A residency is comprised of:
- New-student orientation
- Individual and group advising sessions
- Workshops, presentations, mini-courses, and panels
- Peer work groups
- Planning sessions related to teacher licensure
- Information sessions (assessment of prior learning; financial aid; how to do research; planning your final semester etc.)
- Co-curricular activities (support groups, art shows, films, movement workshops, meditation space, etc.)
Writing the semester study plan is an important focus of the residency. 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
Following the residency and over the course of 16 weeks of study and reflection, you willsubmit your work to your faculty advisor. Typically, there are 5 submissions for full-time students and 3 submissions for part-time students. Evidence of the work completed can include essays, critical and creative writing, sample curricula, 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.
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.
Goddard’s Education Program is approved by the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators for preparing licensure-seeking students to receive a Vermont Initial License in one or more of six endorsement areas. Vermont participates with all other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification’s Interstate Agreement, which governs licensure reciprocity.
Learn more about the Individualized Bachelor of Arts program, and how Goddard College can help you meet your goals!