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 student teaching in addition to completing a teacher preparation program.
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.
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 Teach.com’s Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.
Initial Teaching Certifications
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.