The Vermont Teaching and Certification Resource
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.
- I want to be a teacher in Vermont, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Vermont’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- Global Training and Development - EdS
- E-Learning - EdS
- General Education - Doctor of Education
- Curriculum and Teaching - EdS
- And more...
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.
In January 2012, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Vermont’s unemployment rate at 5.7%, well below the national average of 8.5%. 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. For more specific information on state certification please contact local education and teaching schools and programs.
Vermont Teacher Testing Requirements
All applicants to become a teacher 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.
Vermont Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||3,750||$52,230|
|Middle School Teachers||1,440||$53,170|
|Secondary School Teachers||2,550||$50,870|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
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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