Degree Criteria

The BA in Education degree criteria are the goals toward which your individualized undergraduate studies are aimed. Throughout your course of study, you are expected to deeply engage with the criteria, working toward a full and sustained demonstration of them by graduation. Degree criteria direct the study plan as a whole and differ depending on the concentration.


Students graduating with a BA in Education will have successfully completedall of the Goddard BA degree criteria (see Goddard College’s BA Curriculum Guide Handbook)

Students graduating with a BA in Education will have also successfully completed the following Education and Licensure Program’s degree criteria:

  1. Gained an understanding of, and actualized the essential concepts of progressive  education, namely inquiry based learning, reflection and critical thinking, and student-focused curriculum.
  2. Prepared themselves to work toward the creation of a more just, humane, democratic, and sustainable world.
  3. 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.


Students graduating with a concentration in Community Education will have successfully accomplished the following:

  1. Demonstrated an understanding of the philosophy and history of progressive and community education
  2. Acquired a critical awareness about community education process, including: community and family involvement; partnerships and collaboration; building and supporting sustainable program
  3. Conveyed an understanding of how community education is related to political context with regard to school, family connection, community, action, advocacy, social justice and diverse communities.
  4. Completed a field experience and documented the skills and knowledge to plan and implement program and curriculum development in a community context: such as, out of school time programming; place based education and service learning; expanded learning opportunities during and after school.
  5. Articulated an autobiographical understanding of one’s relationship and experience in community education
  6. Produced a culminating project in the form of a Senior Study in an area of interest in community education in which there is integration of theory and practice.

Learn more about the Community Education Concentration here.


Goddard’s Dual Language Early Childhood Education (CE) concentration within the Education Program is designed for working adults engaged in Dual Language Early Childhood Education and related fields. It uses the Soy Bilingüe Adult Dual Language (ADL) Model developed by the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy. This means that during the residency, Spanish is used for half the time and English is used half the time.

Learn more about this concentration here.


Teacher Licensure is offered through the Vermont Department of Education for those completing BA and certificate programs or for those completing the licensure only requirements. A Vermont Teacher License has reciprocity in many other states through the Interstate Certification Compact (Reciprocity Agreement). Goddard’s licensure program, in concurrence with state requirements, is competency-based. Students interested in becoming licensed teachers plan, with the help of their advisor, a sequence of studies, field experience, internships, and other learning activities in order to acquire the competencies required of beginning teachers. Prospective students will find complete licensure requirements in the Goddard Education Undergraduate Addendum Handbook and the Licensure Endorsement Handbook, both of which can be obtained through the Goddard College.

Learn more about the Teacher Licensure degree option here.