Teacher Preparation (Fifth-Year Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
The Postbaccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution and who want to become licensed to teach in Vermont. The basic program fulfills the professional education requirements for state licensure. Areas and levels of licensure include:
- Birth-Grade 3: Early Childhood
- Grades PreK-12: Art, Music, Physical Education
- Grades K-6: Elementary
- Grades 5-9: Middle-Level (English, Math, Science, Social Studies)
- Grades 7-12: Secondary [English, Foreign Language (French, German, Latin, and Spanish), Mathematics, Science (Animal Sciences*, Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics), Social Studies (Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science)
* Animal Sciences is an alternate route for Biology Endorsement.
Applicants to the Postbaccalaureate (Postbac) Teacher Preparation Program must meet the following entrance criteria:
- Hold a bachelor�s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Possess a general education background based on those studies known as liberal arts which embrace the broad areas of social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, biological and physical sciences, the humanities, and the arts.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the teaching profession.
- Meet minimum GPA as specified on program specific applications (i.e. 3.0) in undergraduate course work.
- For art candidates: Previous course work must include 36 credit hours of appropriate studio art and 12 hours of art history.
- For elementary candidates: Previous course work must include 30 semester hours in a single liberal arts discipline.
- For middle level candidates: Previous course work must include two approved areas of concentration, with 18 credits in each.
- For secondary candidates: Previous course work must include a minimum of 30 semester hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in one of the academic areas listed below to meet Vermont state licensure requirements for the major academic concentration.
Middle Level and Secondary Education also have a Master of Arts in Teaching degree option offered jointly by the College of Education and Social Services and the Graduate College.
Secondary Majors: Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science and Spanish.
Middle Level students are required to have at least 18 credit hours in each of two disciplines with at least one area being Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) approved.
The Postbaccalaureate curriculum includes both undergraduate and graduate courses. Nine graduate credits may apply toward the M.Ed. degree at UVM, contingent on acceptance into the Graduate College.
Applications to the graduate licensure programs in Secondary Education and Middle Level Education are reviewed monthly from January through May or until the programs have reached capacity. Course work begins during the summer or fall, depending upon the area of licensure. Applications are accepted and considered only once each year with updated informational materials and application forms available in January. Requests for further information about the Middle Level and Secondary Education PBTP Program and application forms may be obtained by contacting the PBTP Coordinator, Middle Level or Secondary Education Program, 405 Waterman Building, (802) 656-1411.
Requests for further information about the Physical Education PBTP program and application forms may be obtained by contacting the Physical Education Program, 208 Patrick Gymnasium, (802) 656-4456.
Applications for qualified applicants for the Elementary Education Postbaccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Acceptance to begin in a given semester is based on availability of courses and placements at field sites. Requests for further information about the PBTP Elementary Education Certification Program and application forms may be obtained by contacting the Elementary Education PBTP Coordinator, Elementary Education Program, 533 Waterman Building, (802) 656-3356.
Requests for further information about the Art PBTP program and application forms may be obtained by contacting the Art and Art History Department, 304 Williams Hall, (802) 656-2014.