Become a Teacher in Vermont

Vermont Highlights

Avg. Elementary School Teacher Salary $54,750
Avg. Secondary School Teacher Salary $54,240
Vacation Weeks per Year 17
Pupil/Teacher Ratio 10.59
Expenditure per Pupil $16,988

Teacher salaries are provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Vermont Teacher Shortage Areas

A teacher shortage area is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as “an area of specific grade, subject matter or discipline classification, or a geographic area in which … there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary school teachers.” The Department allows states to identify their own teacher shortage areas, but encourages them to follow a prescribed methodology based on unfilled teaching positions, teaching positions filled by instructors with irregular certifications, and positions filled by teachers certified in other subject areas.

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Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Vermont

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 10/28/2016

To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Vermont, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a Vermont teaching credential application.

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Earn Your Vermont Teaching Credential

Teachers in Vermont start out with a Level I Professional Educator’s License, which is valid for three years and may be renewed if the applicant is not recommended for endorsement to Level II.

Teachers are eligible for a Level II Professional Educator’s License, renewable every five years, once they have: taught for three years with a Level I License;  completed three credits or 45 hours of professional learning; documented a self-assessment in relation to the Core Teaching Standards and Progressions or the Core Leadership Standards; and provided documentation of any valid licenses or credentials required.

You may also be able to earn your Vermont teaching credential through interstate reciprocity if you already have a valid teaching certificate or credential from another state.

Learn more about earning your Vermont teaching credential on the State of Vermont Agency of Education website. Find more information about obtaining your teaching credential in general on

Step One: Prerequisite Coursework in Vermont

As in most states, in Vermont, teacher education programs are a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The coursework often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, teaching methodology and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. Fieldwork includes observing classrooms, student teaching or completing an internship.

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for teachers in all states, including Vermont. Some states also have undergraduate credit hour requirements for teachers seeking certification in specific specialty areas. Vermont does not list specific course or credit hour requirements, but every college or university teacher preparation program will have requirements of its own. Contact your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information. Vermont requires at least 12 consecutive weeks of student teaching.

Step Two: Vermont Teacher Certification Programs

Teachers in Vermont are required to complete an approved teacher education program from an accredited college or university. A list of approved teacher preparation programs can be found on the State of Vermont Agency of Education website.

Step Three: Required Tests for Vermont

In Vermont, teachers are required to pass the relevant Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests and Praxis II content tests. A full list of tests required by subject area can be found on the State of Vermont Agency of Education website.  

You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep.

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BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons is the highly respected Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program delivered online from Simmons College. The program prepares students for leadership roles in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis.

Counseling@NYU offers an online master of arts in Counseling and Guidance program, with concentrations in school and bilingual school counseling to prepare students to become collaborative leaders elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. Part-time and full-time options are available to fit student schedules.

Vanderbilt University's Peabody College offers an online Master of Education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling for students interested in becoming school counselors and making a meaningful difference in K–12 settings.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) is for aspiring teachers who want to gain the skills and knowledge they need to become great educators.

The online Master of Science in Teaching program prepares aspiring teachers (grades 1-6) for initial teaching certification or dual certification in teaching and special education.

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Alternative Certification in Vermont

Individuals wishing to teach in the state of Vermont who has a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education and have not earned a teaching certificate can yet receive an alternative teaching certificate. The State of Vermont Agency of Education has developed an alternate licensing route called License by Evaluation or Peer Review, in which applicants submit their qualifications to a review panel that determines whether or not the applicant meets requirements for licensure based on evidence of competence, preparation, and experience.

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Benefits of a Master's Degree in Vermont

Teachers with a master's degree in the field of education can earn a higher salary than teachers without a master’s degree. Teachers with this higher level of education are also more likely to be offered positions that advance their careers.

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Certification Reciprocity in Vermont

The State of Vermont Agency of Education accepts teaching credentials from other states through interstate reciprocity. Contact the agency in regards to your particular situation, and see the reciprocity page for more information.

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Financial Aid in Vermont

Educators in Vermont who wish to pursue their Master’s in Teaching but lack the financial means to do so may want to consider applying for private scholarships, such as The Roothbert Fund, which provides grants for undergraduate or graduate study to candidates “motivated by spiritual values.” Vermont residents are also eligible for the TEACH Grant, which offers financial aid to students in return for service teaching in high-needs schools.

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Vermont Teacher Salary and Incentives

According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the average yearly salary for Vermont teachers as of 2013 was $52,526  – 24th highest among states in the nation. Teachers in Vermont are paid according to district-wide salary schedules that vary compensation by experience and educational attainment.

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Vermont Teacher Benefits and Retirement

The Vermont State Teachers’ Retirement System (VSTRS), part of the Office of the State Treasurer, administers teacher pension benefits and retiree health benefits in the state. As of 2015, there were almost 10,000 active members and more than 8,000 retired ones. More information about VSTRS can be found on the Office of the State Treasurer website.

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Professional Development for Vermont Teachers

The State of Vermont Agency of Education offers professional development opportunities through the Vermont Professional Learning Network, which is currently organizing Collaborative Learning Groups by region. Groups will include face-to-face meetings, virtual meetings, and a showcase event.

The Agency of Education also delineates standards for teaching and leadership, education quality and licensing endorsement areas, which teachers may find helpful as they plan their professional development. In addition, teachers in Vermont may benefit from the Vermont Department of Human Resources’ programs providing classroom electives, online classes, tuition reimbursement and the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plant. 

Utilizing these assets can allow teachers to develop their own educational plans while continuing their employment at Vermont schools.

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Vermont Teaching Jobs

The State of Vermont Agency of Education recommends that teachers search for employment in Vermont schools through Vermont Education Jobs, which is powered by SchoolSpring, a nationwide network of websites advertising school job postings. Listings are updated each day, and job-seekers can search for positions by region and teaching specialty.

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