Now accepting applications on a rolling basis for 2018-19

Application Requirements

Application and $40 application fee

Official transcripts sent directly from post-secondary institutions.  A Bachelor’s degree is required for admission, masters degree is required for completion and can be completed concurrently through a pertnership with UVGSE)

Essay responses and current resume (3-5 years teaching experience is required, depending on the state you wish to be licensed in)

Three letters of recommendation

Your application should demonstrate your experiences and your interest in the teaching profession

Application Process

  1. Link to request application packet

  2. Meet with faculty for interview and discussion.

  3. Submit application, application $40 fee, and supporting materials

  4. Candidate my be invited to Interview with UVEI faculty-in person or virtual

  5. The admissions committee meets to evaluate each candidate and makea an admissions decision 

  6. If accepted, submit $150 enrollment fee

  7. Work with faculty to finalize mentor arrangements and finish any additional requirements described in admissions letter

The whole application process, from start to finish, typically takes about  two months. The earlier you apply, the smoother the whole process will be.


Doing the Real Work

When we ask participants why they choose UVEI, the top answer, consistently, is that they are attracted to learning by doing. “You are expected to do the real work,” said Laurie Greenberg, assistant principal at Mt. Abraham Union Middle and High School, and principal program graduate.

In other words, this is not a drill.

Experiential Learning

At UVEI, the experience precedes learning. Educators are trying things BEFORE they have all the knowledge and skills they need. We are firmly committed to the power of experiential learning, and we hear frequently from participating educators that a new practice they attempted resulted in failure, but with that failure comes a powerful new understanding of the desired practice, and a sense of progress.

Learn by Doing

The power of real and dramatic experience to challenge, motivate, and inspire has been at the core of our philosophy since UVEI’s founding in 1969. As Barbara Barnes, the founder of UVEI, put it  “You cannot learn to teach from a book or sitting in a class. You have to learn by doing it.”

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In this new partnership with Colby-Sawyer, education minors at the college can earn a Colby-Sawyer bachelor's degree as well as a New Hampshire teaching license with UVEI.  Students in the accelerated program will undertake a semester-long internship with UVEI, which will provide them with mentorship and classroom experience.   

The photo is of the Spring 2018 Colby-Sawyer cohort.  Pictured (left to right): Alexandra Jones, Megan Clancy, Gwen Hannas, Cheyann Ellis, Abigail Campbell, Rylee Desmarais, Jenna Benshemer, Paige Benshemer, Lauren Face, Mary-Cate Melville and Nichole Hondros. Not in photo: Lexi Morgan and Marc Flaherty.

You can read more about the program in this January 8, 2018 Valley News article.  


UVEI Staff and Faculty

Page Tompkins, EdD, Executive Director and Program Faculty

Kristen Downey, MEd, Associate Director for Teacher Education and Program Faculty

Andrea Feid, Office Manager

Beverly Marshall, Associate Director for Institutional Advancement

Marie McCormick, Program Associate

Nan Parsons, MEd and CAGS, Associate Director for School Leadership and Program Faculty

Christopher Ward, PhD, Graduate School Coordinator and Program Faculty

Rebecca Wipfler, MEd, Elementary Education Coordinator

Teacher Program Faculty Coaches

Teacher program faculty coaches are experienced educators who meet regularly with interns and mentor teachers. They observe interns in the classroom, give advice and support, and determine whether interns have mastered the competencies required for graduation.  Each coach is responsible for a small number of interns, making it possible for each intern to receive a high degree of personal attention.

Catherine Canty joined UVEI's cadre of Faculty Coaches after teaching elementary school for 39 years. Most recently, she has mentored newly-hired teachers at Castleton Elementary School, and she has been a mentor to numerous student teacher interns from various Vermont colleges throughout her career. Cathy received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont and has earned graduate credits in various disciplines.

Susan Farrelly is the Capital City 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Director for the Concord NH School District, where she oversees three federal grants that provide before and after school learning opportunities at three school sites.  Susan has taught middle school Life Science and Earth and Space Science, has been a member of the NH Science Teachers Association Board, and has mentored novice science teachers in online forums.  She has taught adult basic education, GED preparation and professional development workshops for teachers.  Susan has been working with UVEI teacher interns since 2004.  

Barrie North is a former science teacher and was also on the Design Team at the Rivendell School, located in the Upper Valley of NH/VT and the first interstate K-12 school district in the U.S. From 2011 to 2014, Barrie served as UVEI's Associate Director for Secondary Education.  He is also the CEO of his own web design company. Barrie graduated from Loughborough University of Technology, where he received a BSc in Physics and he received a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Nottingham Univeristy, 

James Nourse, MA, the former principal at the Frances Richmond Middle School in Hanover, has returned to UVEI, where he served as Executive Director from 1998 to 2004.  In addition to his current work at UVEI, Jim is a consultant and teacher coach at the Lyme School.  He received a BA in Political Science from Williams College and an MA in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.  

Gregory Renner, MST spent 34 years as a science teacher and administrator. In addition to working with many beginning teachers in a formal mentoring role during those years, he also served as a consultant and statewide professional development provider for the Vermont Department of Education. Greg continues to work closely with the Vermont DOE as an advisor in matters related to science curriculum and assessment. He received a BS from SUNY Oneonta and a Master in Science for Teachers degree from Lyndon State College.