Goddard Education Program


Goddard’s Education Program offers a holistic, interdisciplinary, and student-centered approach to learning that is personally and socially relevant and transformative. At Goddard, you chart your own path of in-depth and expansive study that has enduring meaning for your community and your own life, and that contributes to the advancement of research and scholarship in your area of study. Your faculty advisors and fellow students help you synthesize and communicate in your senior study or master’s thesis what you research, experience and discover.

The Education Program holds a central commitment to social justice, diversity, anti-oppression, and anti-bias education. These values are especially important today for educators working in a complex and pluralistic society.

At the start of each semester, students attend a residency at the College’s campus in Plainfield, Vermont or at Goddard’s educational site in Seattle, Washington.

Study Options

Goddard’s Education Program offers full and part time study leading to the following degrees:

Additionally, students pursing the bachelor’s or master’s degree can focus their studies in the following areas of concentration:

Low-Residency Model

The low-residency model removes the barriers between living your life and learning. Each semester begins with an eight-day residency in Vermont or Washington. Residencies are a time to explore, network, learn, share, and celebrate with peers and faculty. While students work with advisors to forge individualized study plans for the semester, they also have the opportunity to attend workshops, advising groups, keynote addresses, large celebrations, and a host of other rich and interesting events.

Following the residency, students return home for 16 weeks of independent work in close collaboration with a faculty advisor and/or course mentors.

Program Structure

The Goddard Education program centers on the concept that the most effective education occurs when it is shaped around you, the student. As you engage with the program faculty, the focus is on refining your current interests and discovering new ones. From there, your studies evolves. At the eight-day residency that begins each each semester, students work closely with a faculty advisor to develop a comprehensive, individualized plan of study that addresses their personal and professional goals. This plan can contain readings, essays, analysis, field experiences, artistic expressions, cultural engagements, and dual language activities. Students also attend workshops, courses, and seminars; participate in individual and group advising; and celebrate commencement.

Following the residency and on a set schedule over 16 weeks, students undertake independent study and reflection and submit their work–known as packets–to their faculty advisor. Packets may include book reviews, critical essays, reflective journal entries, artistic and cultural projects, analysis of field notes, or other demonstrations of learning. The faculty advisor reads and assesses the work, and provides written feedback. At the end of the semester, the student and the faculty advisor write a narrative assessment of the semester’s work. Goddard does not give grades; narrative transcripts serve as documentation of the studies.


Vermont Program

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.

Washington Program

Goddard College is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirement and minimum educational standards established of degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Goddard College to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at PO Box 43430, Olympia WA 98504-3430.

The Seattle Education program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.