Individuals interested in earning Vermont teacher certification must meet the Vermont Department of Education certification requirements. The most basic of these requirements is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and completion of an initial teacher preparation program. Several colleges and universities offer Vermont teacher education combined with baccalaureate degree programs.
Four schools that offer these types of programs are the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Norwich University, and Middlebury College. Each of these teaching schools in Vermont is a state-approved teacher education program that prepares students to receive a Vermont teaching license. Read on to find out more about the programs each school offers.
The College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont offers 12 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs, and two post-master’s certificate programs. The undergraduate education degree programs prepare future educators for Vermont teacher licensure by offering extensive field experience through numerous student teaching opportunities at the UVM Campus Children’s Center and local elementary schools. Students are also required to prepare and maintain a portfolio throughout their program that tracks what they have learned and what they can do as teachers upon completion of the program.
With just less than 2,000 students, St. Michael’s College is a small, private liberal arts school that consistently ranks among the nation’s best liberal arts schools by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. St. Michael’s offers students undergraduate education majors in art, elementary, and secondary education. Students who complete the education majors automatically meet the requirements for teacher licensure.
Norwich University is a private military college that offers its 2,300 cadets and civilian students a broad range of undergraduate degrees and online master’s degree programs and certificates. Students interested in becoming Vermont educators may choose the school’s elementary or secondary licensure tracks. However, Norwich University education majors are required to also earn a degree in another discipline such as math, psychology, or history. Students may also choose to augment any degree program with an education minor, but will not qualify for teacher licensure in Vermont. Education students are engaged in a variety of classroom experiences and are also afforded opportunities to participate in international service learning and the Teacher Education Club.
Middlebury College prepares students for Vermont teaching licensure by offering majors in many fields of study and a minor in education studies. Students who want to attain a teaching license have two licensure options at Middlebury College: elementary (grades K-6) and secondary (grades 7-12). Middlebury College is authorized to recommend licensure in the following subject areas: elementary education, art, computer science, English, social studies, mathematics, modern language, and science. It is recommended that students consult with faculty to determine appropriate major courses that will align with Vermont’s endorsement requirements.