How to Become a Teacher in Vermont

According to the Vermont Department of Education, there were 8,764 full-time teachers and an additional 10,599 professional staff members working in the state’s 250 public schools in 2010. With an enrollment of 89,428 students, the state’s average pupil-to-teacher ratio is 11:1. Individuals considering becoming a teacher in Vermont must meet the state’s educational and certification requirements. Read on to learn more about what it takes to achieve Vermont teacher certification.

Education Requirements

Teachers in Vermont are licensed by the Vermont Department of Education. To be certified, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher, complete a state-approved educator preparation program, and receive a recommendation for licensing from their institution. They must also pass the Praxis I skills test and relevant Praxis II certification area tests.

Vermont Teaching Certification

A baccalaureate degree or higher is required to teach in Vermont, and applicants must complete an educator preparation program approved by the state. The applicant’s institution must recommend him or her for licensing. Some Praxis Series tests are required but vary depending on the desired certification areas. People who wish to teach and have a bachelor’s degree but did not complete an educator preparation program may be able to become certified through Vermont’s alternative licensure program. The program involves putting together a portfolio to prove the applicant has the knowledge and skills required; it is then evaluated by a Peer Review panel.

Required Tests

Anyone seeking initial licensure in Vermont must take the Praxis I Academic Skills Assessment, which tests basic knowledge of reading, writing, and mathematics. Applicants must also pass the Praxis II Subject Assessments relevant to their certification areas.

State Certification Reciprocity

Vermont, a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Interstate Agreement, has reciprocity for teachers with all other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Out-of-state applicants have to have graduated from an educator preparation program approved in another state and received a recommendation for licensure from that institution, or hold a current, comparable license in the other state and demonstrate three years of successful work in a school.

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