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The Vermont Teaching and Certification Resource

Vermont is a great place to work in education. Anyone looking to become a teacher in the state must obtain a Vermont teacher certification before working in the public school system. The Vermont Agency of Education oversees the state’s certification process, which is outlined in detail below.

How to Become a Teacher in Vermont

In order to become a teacher in Vermont, candidates must obtain Vermont teacher certification through the Vermont Agency of Education. Anyone who wants to teach at a public elementary, middle, or high school in Vermont must follow all of the procedures set forth by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators. For most cases, teaching candidates in Vermont are required to hold a bachelor’s degree, complete a Vermont teachers certification program and pass the required content examinations.

For experienced teachers with out-of-state teaching certifications, Vermont reciprocity is possible if applicants fulfill the remaining certification requirements. In some cases, out of state teachers may be eligible to work in the classroom for one year while they complete the remaining requirements. For more information on reciprocity and/or information on Vermont teacher certification renewal, contact the Vermont Agency of Education.

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Finding Approved Teacher Education Programs in Vermont

Applicants pursuing a Vermont educator certification must complete an approved teacher preparation program at an accredited school. US schools are accredited by six regional accreditation agencies overseen by the US Department of Education. Vermont schools are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Therefore, all applicants should confirm that their school of choice is NEASC-approved. For those looking into online teaching certification programs, schools offering such programs should also be accredited. If the school is headquartered out of state (University of Phoenix, for example) the school should be accredited by the corresponding regional accreditation agency.

In addition to regional accreditation, Vermont schools may look for a national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparedness or CAEP. This organization has been recently formed by the merger of two highly respected accreditation agencies, TEAC and NCATE. Under the new name, CAEP will continue to be a maker of rigorous standards when it comes to educator curriculum and process. Although a CAEP accreditation may not be mandatory for state approval, it is a highly distinguished accreditation that most schools apply for due to its respected repuation within the education sector.

See our list of CAEP accredited schools in Vermont.

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Vermont Teacher Education Requirements

Most applicants for teaching certification in Vermont have completed a state-approved teacher preparation program at a university in Vermont. Along with their completed degree, the certification officer at the university must recommend them for certification. In addition, all applicants must complete a background check through fingerprinting.

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Vermont Teacher Outlook as of 2012
The Occupational Supply and Demand System projects 674 annual job openings in education and library related positions in Vermont through 2018. In fall 2008 and 2007 respectively, the National Center of Education Statistics listed 8,766 public school and 1,550 private school teachers employed throughout the state. The average starting teaching salary in Vermont was approximated by the National Education Association at $33,100 and the average overall teaching salary at $50,141, the 25th highest among US states. The NEA also reports shortages in math, science and speech specialists across the state. According to the US Department of Education’s ‘Teacher Shortage Areas’ for the 2010-2011 school year, there is additional demand for counselors, design and technology education, and health education. The Vermont NEA, a local branch of the National Education Association, has information on state education policy, budget allocation and local employment opportunities and can be a good resource for newly certified or established teachers interested in employment in Vermont.

Vermont Teacher Testing Requirements

Vermont State SealAll applicants pursuing a teaching certification in Vermont must complete both the Praxis I and Praxis II exams. The Praxis I is a basic skills exam that assesses the applicant’s skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Applicants may substitute SAT, ACT, or GRE scores instead of the Praxis I. Applicants must also take the Praxis II exam in the area in which they want to be certified. This exam largely covers content knowledge in the subject area.

Additional Vermont Teacher Certification Requirements

All applicants applying for Vermont teacher certification must submit to a Criminal Record Check Procedure through the Vermont Crime Information Center (VCIC) and FBI Criminal History Record Information. Applicants are advised to start this process before sending in their application packet as the process can take up to six weeks or longer.

Vermont Teachers Licensing Application Process

Once all steps towards Vermont teacher certification have been completed, applicants should send in the required documentation to the Agency of Education. The certification process can take up to 10 weeks in summer time, so it’s recommended to send in applicants with ample time before the beginning of the semester/year. The required documents should be included with the application are as follows:

  1. Clearance of criminal background check
  2. Official transcripts showing proof of bachelor’s degree
  3. Proof of teacher program completion at a state-approved accredited teacher preparation school
  4. Payment of non-refundable certification processing fee
  5. Passing score on the required examinations
  6. Completed application for teaching certification in Vermont

Vermont Agency of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

Visit the state’s Department of Education for further details on Vermont teacher certification.

Vermont Teacher Salary and Jobs

Type Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Preschool Teachers 1,000 $34,140
Kindergarten Teachers 320 $50,980
Elementary School Teachers 3,240 $52,490
Middle School Teachers 1,430 $54,250
Secondary School Teachers 2,690 $53,450

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Vermont

Question: How do I become a high school teacher in Vermont?

Answer: To be a high school teacher in Vermont, you must be certified through the state. This requires having a bachelor’s degree with a major in the subject area that you will teach. You also need to complete a teacher preparation program and pass the Praxis I and II tests.

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References:
1. Vermont State Department of Education: http://education.vermont.gov/
2. US Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg6.html
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ak.htm#25-0000

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