Vermont Alternative Teacher Certification
For candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree but have not graduated from a state-approved teacher preparation program, there are options for Vermont alternative teacher certification.
Requirements for Alternative Certification
Those interested in pursuing alternative teacher certification in Vermont must have at least a bachelor’s degree with a major in either the liberal arts and sciences or in an endorseable content area. In most cases, candidates will also need to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and the Praxis II subject assessment(s) for their endorsement area. Certain routes also require candidates to complete a teacher preparation program, which can be completed in as little as one year as a post-graduate certificate. Prospective teachers may also complete teacher preparation as part of a master’s degree in education, or in an academic subject that includes an approved certification program.
Types of Alternative Teaching Licenses in Vermont
There are several alternative routes to Vermont teacher certification that prospective educators can follow. Refer to the Vermont Agency of Education for more detailed information on these pathways.
Post-Graduate Teacher Preparation
Candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree in the subject that they would like to teach may attend a teacher preparation program that leads to a post-graduate certificate or master’s degree. The teacher preparation completed must be approved by the Vermont Agency of Education, which provides a list of approved programs. Several Vermont colleges and universities offer approved post-graduate programs that lead to Vermont teacher licensure. Candidates on this pathway must graduate from the program, earn an institutional recommendation for licensure, and pass the Praxis Core and Praxis II assessments for their endorsement area(s). Those pursuing this pathway may qualify for a provisional license to teach while completing their teacher preparation program.
Peer Review Alternate Route to Licensure
Vermont is one of few states that offers teacher licensure by an evaluation of credentials. To qualify for this pathway, candidates must first apply to the Peer Review Program by providing official transcripts of all coursework completed and a current resume. There are many requirements for participation in the Peer Review process, but the main requirement is the development of a teaching portfolio, in which the candidate demonstrates through a professional portfolio that he or she meets Vermont’s standards for educators. A peer review panel evaluates the applicant’s portfolio, interviews the applicant, and determines whether the competencies were met. If the panel believes the competencies were met, it will recommend to the state that the candidate be granted a teaching license.
Apprenticeship License for Career Technical Educators
Those who wish to teach career and technical education subjects may wish to pursue an Apprenticeship license. Career and technical education teachers must have an associate’s degree or its equivalent as well as work experience in the subject to be taught. Candidates for this license must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam as well as the Praxis II content-area assessment if the exam is available in the subject to be taught. Before applying for an Apprenticeship license, candidates must have an employment offer from a Vermont Career Technical Center and develop a Professional Learning Plan that outlines how the applicant will meet teacher preparation program requirements.
Accepted candidates will be issued an Apprenticeship license to teach full-time while completing coursework. Once the teacher preparation and professional development requirements have been met, candidates can be recommended for a standard Vermont Level I teaching license.
Testing Requirements for Vermont Alternative Certification
All teachers in Vermont must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam as well as the appropriate Praxis II subject-area assessment(s) for their endorsement area(s). The Praxis Core is a basic skills exam that assesses knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics. The Praxis II exam is specific to the content area for which a candidate is seeking endorsement.
Transferring Teaching Licenses from Another State
An applicant may also become certified under reciprocity in Vermont if he or she has completed a state-approved teacher preparation program or a program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in another state, holds a current professional teaching license in another state, and has taught for at least three years. For more information, see our guide to interstate reciprocity or visit the Vermont Agency of Education.
Schools with Alternative Certification Programs in Vermont
Because the alternative certification process is complex, we have researched and provided specific school programs below for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree outside of education and want to become a teacher. We recommend you request information from one or more of these specific programs:
1. Vermont Agency of Education: http://education.vermont.gov/