Teacher Education Requirements
The undergraduate Teacher Education programs include Art, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary, Middle Level, Music, Physical Education and Secondary Education. All students are required to meet specific academic criteria for admittance into the professional portion of their enrolled program for a teaching internship placement, as well as for licensure recommendation.
Requirements for Teacher Preparation Programs
Candidacy: The professional programs begin with the student enrolling in the College of Education and Social Services as a candidate for licensure. Candidacy status is the stage prior to acceptance into the Professional Education sequence and, for some programs, may also be available to students enrolled in other colleges at UVM.
Intercollege Transfer: Students transferring to the College of Education and Social Services for the Teacher Education programs are required to have a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.50 or higher, and it must be possible to earn an overall average of 3.00 before reaching student teaching and program completion.
Academic Major/Major Concentration: All students who enroll in the Teacher Education programs are required to complete a thirty credit (minimum) major in the liberal arts and sciences. It is essential for students to complete many liberal arts and sciences requirements during the first two years of their program. A list of the options and the requirements are available through the CESS Student Services office. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor prior to the selection of an academic major/major concentration.
Students in Secondary Education complete a major (minimum thirty credits) and may also complete a minor (minimum eighteen credits).
Students in Middle Level Education complete an Individually Designed Interdisciplinary Major Concentration (IDIMC) which consists of two Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) content areas (English, mathematics, social studies, science).
Students in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary, and Physical Education complete a thirty credit (minimum) major concentration as suggested or prescribed by those programs.
Portfolio Development and Professional Licensure: In accordance with the Standards for Vermont Educators (Vermont State Board of Education, 1991), students seeking a license to teach must develop documentation that they can perform in ways that address state standards. Each candidate must assemble that documentation in a pre-professional portfolio according to program guidelines. While students have candidacy status, they should maintain a file which includes all materials from courses completed so that selected items can be included in the portfolio.
Application to Teacher Education: In some programs, candidates must apply to the professional program sequence. Applications are available in each departmental office. Once the candidate’s application is complete, the program faculty will review the materials which include: a record of academic performance at UVM, evidence of superior course work, and passing scores on PRAXIS I (or fulfillment of this requirement by one of the approved alternate options) as determined for Vermont. In some programs, students are required to complete this application and gain acceptance before being eligible to enroll in the professional education courses. Please consult a program coordinator or advisor for further information. This includes: CESS students who are already enrolled as candidates in the teacher education programs; students who transferred to the CESS; and students in other colleges on campus who plan to maintain their primary affiliation with their home college while completing the SDE approved requirements in the CESS.
Students who meet the criteria and are eligible will be accepted. CESS students who do not meet the criteria for admission to Teacher Education will receive a warning of pending disenrollment letter. Students who are warned of pending disenrollment should meet with the program coordinator and determine if program completion is an option.
Students who have not successfully fulfilled the PRAXIS I requirement may appeal for conditional acceptance into professional course work.
Student Teaching Internship Placement: If a candidate’s application to a Teacher Education program is approved, the candidate completes a sequence of professional education courses and applies during the junior year to intern as a student teacher during the senior year. The candidate submits his/her application to student teach to the program coordinator. The application lists the current set of criteria that permit a candidate to qualify for student teaching. Included among the criteria are a record of strong academic performance in program and university courses (overall GPA of 3.00 is required), recommendations from education faculty, and evidence of superior course work and passing scores on PRAXIS I as determined for Vermont.
Once admitted to student teaching, some programs require students to successfully complete the interview process and be accepted by an approved public school teacher/administrator before being placed for student teaching. After placement, the student will carry out an internship under the guidance of an approved mentor teacher and departmental supervisor. Although many students remain in the Burlington area, not all can be placed close to campus. Effort is made to accommodate student preference regarding placement site and the semester during which student teaching will occur, but all students should be prepared to student teach in either the fall or spring semester of their senior year. Candidates must meet specific requirements to be recommended for licensure (minimum overall average of 3.00 is required). These requirements are available through the CESS Student Services office, 528 Waterman and on the web at CESS Student Services office.
Note: Students who are not admitted to student teaching may appeal through the College Student Affairs committee.
Application for Licensure: Students who successfully complete a Teacher Education program are eligible to apply for licensure. Applications for VT licensure are only available from the Vermont Department of Education website and/or by calling (802-828-2445).
Teacher Assessment-PRAXIS: Students are required to submit passing scores for PRAXIS I as part of their application to the professional portion of their Teacher Education program. Passing scores must be received by the CESS Student Services office for all three content areas of PRAXIS I or the composite score of 526 before the student is considered eligible for a teaching internship placement. If the student does not meet these conditions, s/he may appeal for conditional placement.
Approved Alternatives to PRAXIS I: The following assessments have been approved as alternatives to PRAXIS I by the Vermont Department of Education. Students must meet both the total score as well as the minimum scores as equivalent to earning passing scores on PRAXIS I.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)*
* For tests taken after April 1, 1995
PBTP and Licensing Masters: Applicants will provide passing scores on PRAXIS I before being admitted to the program. Students who receive conditional acceptance must provide passing scores for PRAXIS I before being eligible for a teaching internship placement.