Licensure Guidelines

PRAXIS I TRANSITION - PLEASE READ!

*Please review your CATS Audit, consult your advisor or contact CESS Student Services at cessstsv@uvm.edu if you have further questions.

 

Initial

The Teacher Education programs offered by the University of Vermont were developed by program faculty and have been reviewed and approved by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) as meeting the State Regulations.

What is meant by “successful completion” of the VT State Department of Education (SDE) approved program?

Successful completion of your approved program includes:

What are the PRAXIS I cut scores or acceptable scores on the approved alternate testing options to meet the requirement of my teacher education program?

For the most up to date information on Vermont testing requirements fo licensure please visit the following link on the State of Vermont-Department of Education site:
http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/licensing/testing.html

What professional exams do I take in order to receive my license?

In addition to the PRAXIS I or approved alternate testing option. Students who plan to apply for licensure in VT must successfully complete PRAXIS II to be eligible for the Level I Beginning Educators License. Students who aren’t planning to teach in VT should check the ancillary (e.g. teacher tests, etc.) requirements for states to which they will be applying. Some may require PRAXIS II, but have different “pass” scores than Vermont, and others may require state specific exams.

What is the difference between license and endorsement?

The *license means that you have successfully completed a State Department of Education approved program and applied and were deemed eligible for authorization to teach by a specific state (e.g. VT).

The endorsement is generally listed on the license to indicate the grade level and the field (content area). The Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators approved grade level changes for specific endorsements and implemented them beginning July 1, 2006. The current endorsement and grade levels are listed below.

Endorsement Grade Level

How do personnel in the State Department of Education in Vermont or other states know that I have successfully completed a State Department of Education (SDE) approved program?

Your transcript is stamped to indicate successful completion. The stamp (actually a statement that is referred to as a stamp) indicates the specific endorsement area (e.g. Secondary English; 7-12) and includes the minimum number of teaching internship clock hours. It also states that you have completed a NASDTEC, ICC, state approved and NCATE accredited program and indicates that you have been recommended for Vermont licensure. This statement is your evidence of successful program completion.

What do NASDTEC, ICC, state approved and NCATE accredited mean?

The Vermont State Department of Education (SDE) belongs to NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification) and to the Interstate Contract (reciprocity agreement). Membership in NASDTEC and participation in the Contract mean that students who successfully complete teacher education programs approved by the Vermont State Department of Education enjoy reciprocity (but must still meet ancillary requirements) with other states that also participate in the agreement. The teacher education programs at the University of Vermont have been evaluated by portfolio and approved by the VT SDE. Teacher education programs at the University of Vermont also hold the distinction of meeting the national standards set forth by NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) and are therefore NCATE accredited. The licensure programs at UVM are the only NCATE accredited programs in Vermont! Teacher Education programs at the University of Vermont are also recognized as meeting all standards as administered by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators.

Who stamps the transcript?

After you successfully complete your program and it has been determined by the Licensing Officer (Dr. DeMethra LaSha Bradley) in cooperation with the coordinator of your specific teacher education program that you are eligible, the Registrar’s Office stamps your transcript. We recommend you for licensure by sending your name to the Registrar, then the Registrar’s Office stamps your transcript. Once you have decided to pursue an initial license, you must complete an application for an initial license in VT, or another state, where you plan to begin teaching. You are also responsible for paying the application fee to the state in which you apply for initial licensure.

When is my transcript stamped?

Your transcript is stamped after you have successfully completed your program and your grades and degree have been recorded on your transcript by the Registrar’s Office. Degrees appear on the transcript after they have been approved by the Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees in mid October, mid January and May. This means that if you finish your program requirements during the summer months, you will be an October graduate. Finishing in December means you will be a January graduate and finishing in May means you are a May graduate.

Please note that undergraduates who complete the requirements for program completion during the summer months cannot graduate before October, therefore, these students likely will not be eligible to begin teaching in September. As noted previously, transcripts cannot be stamped to indicate eligibility for licensure until the degree is on the transcript.

Who should apply for a Vermont license?

In the past, everyone who successfully completed one of the teacher education programs, needed to hold a VT license to enjoy reciprocity with other states as well as to teach in Vermont. Now, you need evidence (stamp on transcript) that you are eligible for a license, but the VT SDE has informed us that you no longer need to hold a VT license to enjoy reciprocity with other participating states. Therefore, you only need a VT license if you plan to teach in Vermont.

Which states participate in the reciprocity agreement?

The most recent NASDTEC contract, including the reciprocity agreement, does not require applicants for licensure to hold a Vermont license to be eligible for reciprocity with other states (listed below) participating in the contract. If you want to verify that specific states participate in the reciprocity agreement, go to: http://www.nasdtec.org; click on: Jurisdictions by Educator Category.

 

NASDTEC Interstate Contract Jurisdictions by Educator Category (updated May 5, 2003) Teacher (48 Jurisdictions)
Alabama Hawaii Montana Pennsylvania
Alaska Idaho Nebraska Puerto Rico
Arizona Illinois Nevada Rhode Island
Arkansas Indiana New Hampshire South Carolina
California Kansas New Jersey Tennessee
Colorado Kentucky New Mexico Texas
Connecticut Louisiana New York Utah
Delaware Maine North Carolina Vermont
District of Columbia Maryland North Dakota Virginia
Florida Massachusetts Ohio Washington
Georgia Michigan Oklahoma West Virginia
Guam Mississippi Oregon Wyoming

As mentioned earlier, the stamp (actually a statement that is referred to as a stamp) on your transcript indicates that you have successfully completed a VT State Department of Education approved program and you are eligible to apply for licensure. Therefore, once you fulfill the ancillary requirements (e.g. teacher tests, etc.) of the states where you are applying, you should be eligible for your initial license. Be certain to contact the State Department of Education (SDE) where you intend to apply and verify that they do not expect you to hold the VT license to enjoy reciprocity.

If I am eligible for licensure, am I automatically licensed or do I need to apply?

You need to apply. Applications for licensure must be requested from the specific State Department of Education (SDE) where you intend to apply. This is also true for the Vermont State Department of Education; see this link for further information:
http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/licensing/forms/initial_license.html

If I am not planning to teach immediately, should I apply for licensure?

Even if you do not plan to teach immediately after successfully completing your teacher education program, you may change your mind at a later date. Since requirements change, it may be easier to renew your license several years after graduation than it would be to apply for licensure for the first time.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of applying directly to the state in which I hope to be teaching as compared to applying for the VT license first?

The advantages include saving time and money. You won’t need to pay the fees required for the VT license and you won’t need to wait for 8 to 10 weeks or longer for the Vermont license so that you can then use that license to apply for the next one where you hope to be teaching. The disadvantage may be that some students won’t apply for licensure because they don’t intend to teach immediately. Since licensure requirements change, new requirements might be implemented by the time you apply.

What is included in the application process?

The application process differs from one state to another. Most states have very informative web pages, therefore, you may want to search for the State Department of Education for a specific state and then review the licensure requirements and application process or you may actually need to request a copy of the application.

When should I apply for licensure?

During your last semester at UVM, you should request applications from the state(s) to which you will be applying for licensure. Be certain that you are familiar with the ancillary (e.g. teacher tests, etc.) and whether or not they must be completed and passed before you are eligible to submit your application.

The application for licensure should be completed at the end of your final semester of enrollment at UVM and mailed after you graduate.

Once I apply, how long will it take before I receive my license?

This differs from one state to another, but in VT, it will take 8-10 weeks for processing and then it may take several weeks longer before you actually receive your license.

If I submitted my fingerprints and completed the Criminal Record Check (CRC) during an earlier semester (e.g. teaching internship), do I need to complete the process and pay the fee a second time?

All states do not require the Criminal Record Check. If you are applying for VT licensure, use the Authorization to Release form (included as part of the application packet for your convenience) instead of the Request for Criminal Record Check form (also part of the application materials). If the time span between initiating the CRC and getting licensed is longer than one year, you will probably need to complete it a second time. If you have questions about completing the CRC a second time because it has been longer than one year, review the guidelines in the recently revised VT application packet. Call (802) 828-2445 if you need additional information.

If you are applying for licensure in a state other than VT, you will need to determine if a Criminal Record Check is required by that state, and follow the directions provided by that State Department of Education.

Can I begin applying for teaching positions before I receive my license from the SDE?

Yes, you may apply for teaching positions without having the actual license, but keep in mind that it isn’t legal to begin teaching without your license.

Can I begin applying for teaching positions if I am in the process of appealing the required overall grade point average of 3.0?

You may apply to states through an alternative process, but not through reciprocity. You are not eligible for licensure or for reciprocity with other states unless you have the stamp on your transcript indicating that you have successfully completed an approved program. If you have successfully completed all requirements for the approved program with the exception of earning the overall average of 3.0 or above, you cannot get the stamp unless you successfully appeal the requirement.

Students who have not earned the overall grade point average and who are appealing this requirement need to understand that it isn’t a speedy process. Our records indicate that students who have not appealed, or who are in the process of appealing, are not eligible for a license. If you submit your appeal at the end of the Spring semester, when your grades have been recorded and it is apparent that you have not earned the overall average of 3.0 or above, it may not be reviewed in time for you to begin teaching in the Fall. Faculty are not available during the summer months and, even if they review it in a timely way and it is approved, you must still apply for licensure.

If the appeal is successful, your transcript will be stamped, but it will still be several weeks before your application is processed by the SDE. If you are applying in VT, the VT SDE determines if you will be licensed without the required overall average of 3.0 even with the stamp on your transcript. Other states may not require an overall average of 3.0 therefore once your transcript is stamped, the GPA may not even be an issue. Or if any require the 3.0, they may not accept our waiver of the requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: You should not apply and interview for teaching positions in public schools until you know if you will be eligible for licensure. Also note that if the licensing regulations change during the time you are appealing the required 3.0, you must meet the regulations in place at the time you apply. Access the guidelines to appeal the required overall GPA of 3.0 at our website.

Initial licensure checklist

(Undergraduates, PBTP and Graduate Students)

Prior to Being Admitted to Professional Course Sequence

Prior to Teaching Internship

During Final Year at UVM

Final Semester at UVM

After Reaching Program Completion

Second Stamped Endorsement

Your transcript is stamped to indicate that you have successfully completed the Vermont State Department of Education approved program, indicating that you are eligible for licensure. The stamp also includes the subject area for your first endorsement. This endorsement is the same as your program (e.g. Art, Early Childhood PreK-3, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary, Middle Grades, Music, Physical Education, Secondary Education/subject area).

Additional endorsements in VT require a minimum of 18 credits of appropriate coursework PLUS the Additional Requirements listed at the end of each endorsement at the State Department of Education website. As you review the additional requirements, you will note that most of them actually require a major (minimum of 30 credits) or the equivalent. Applicants must also provide passing PRAXIS II scores for the additional endorsement(s). We've listed the Additional Requirements for a number of the endorsements below. Keep in mind that this is informational only and you should review information at the State of Vermont Department of Education web site.

Art/Additional Requirements:
A major in art, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in art education at the elementary (PK-6) or middle/secondary (7-12) instructional level, depending on the authorization sought. For the full PK-12 authorization, a minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in art education at both the PK-6 and 7-12 instructional levels is required.

Early Childhood Education/Additional Requirements:
A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in early childhood education at the birth-to-5 and/or 5-8 age levels, depending on the authorization sought. For the full birth through grade three authorization, a minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in early childhood education at both the birth-to-5 and 5-8 age levels is required.

Early Childhood Special Educator/Additional Requirements:
Baccalaureate degree with a recommendation for licensure in early childhood special education, or a minimum of 21 credits in early childhood special education.

A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in early childhood special education at both the infant/toddler (birth to age 2) and preschool (age 3 to age 6) age levels.

Elementary Education/Additional Requirements:strong>
A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in elementary education at both the primary (K-3) and upper elementary (4-6) instructional levels is required.

English/Additional Requirements:
A major in English or Comparative Literature, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, at the middle/secondary level (7-12) in science, social studies, math, or English.

Mathematics/Additional Requirements:
A major in mathematics, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in mathematics.

A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, at the middle/secondary level (7-12) in science, social studies, math, or English.

Middle Grades/Additional Requirements:
A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, at the middle grades level (5-9) in science, social studies, math, or English.

A minor in English or Comparative Literature, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

A minor in mathematics, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

A minor in history, political science, economics, geography, or a combination thereof, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework. (Coursework in cultural anthropology and non-Western area studies may be counted toward geography.)

A minor in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth/environmental/ atmospheric sciences, or a combination thereof, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

Modern and Classical Languages/Additional Requirements:
A major in a modern or classical language, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework. (Native speakers and speakers of ASL are exempt from this requirement.)

A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in modern and classical languages at the elementary (PK-6) or middle/secondary (7-12) instructional level, depending on the authorization sought. For the full PK-12 authorization, a minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in modern and classical languages at both the PK-6 and 7-12 instructional levels is required.

Music/Additional Requirements:
A major in music, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in music education at the elementary (PK-6) or middle/secondary (7-12) instructional level, depending on the authorization sought. For the full PK-12 authorization, a minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in music education at both the PK-6 and 7-12 instructional levels is required.

Physical Education/Additional Requirements:
A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in physical education at the elementary (PK-6) or middle/secondary (7-12) instructional level, depending on the authorization sought. For the full PK-12 authorization, a minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in physical education at both the PK-6 and 7-12 instructional levels is required.

Science/Additional Requirements:
A major in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth/environmental/ atmospheric sciences, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, at the middle/secondary level (7- 12) in science, social studies, math, or English.

Social Studies/Additional Requirements:
A major in history, political science, economics, or geography, or the equivalent in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework. (Coursework in cultural anthropology and non-Western area studies may be counted toward geography.)

A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, at the middle/secondary level (7- 12) in science, social studies, math, or English.

Special Educator/Additional Requirements:
Baccalaureate degree with a recommendation for licensure in special education, or a minimum of 21 credits in special education.

A minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in special education at the elementary/middle (K-8) or middle/secondary (grade 7-age 21) instructional level, depending on the authorization sought. For the full K-age 21 authorization, a minimum of a practicum, or the equivalent, in special education at both the elementary/middle (K-8) and middle/secondary (grade 7-age 21) instructional levels is required.

Application

Applications for licensure must be requested from the specific State Department of Education (SDE) where you intend to apply. This is also true for Vermont and the contact information is listed below:

E-mail: doe-licensinginfo@state.vt.us
Phone: (802) 828-2445
Fax: (802) 828-5107
Address: Vermont Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensing and Professional Standards
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

Requests for an application must include: a full name, complete mailing address, and area code and phone number.

It is also possible to download the application (PDF).

NOTE: If you plan to deliver your licensing materials in person, please be aware that Educator Licensing is no longer physically located at 120 State Street, Montpelier. The licensing office is located at 1311 U.S. Route 302, Berlin, in the large building between Burger King and the Vermont Steak House on the Barre-Montpelier Road. The front entrance to department spaces is located slightly left of center and is distinguished by a double door.