University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Special Education Programs


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the significance of the name Licensure Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)?

This program has two major objectives.  The first is to become qualified to obtain a Vermont teaching license in middle level education.  The second is to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.  The licensing requirements can be met without totally fulfilling the degree requirements.  In order to complete the master’s degree, a student must complete one additional course and write a final comprehensive paper, in addition to successfully completing the licensure requirements.

Are there any in-school experiences?

In-school experiences are an essential part of the program, and students must be able to arrange their schedules to accommodate this experience.  In the fall semester students spend three full days per week in the schools and must complete a full semester of student teaching (five full days per week) during the spring semester.  All practicum experiences take place at local partner middle schools.  These are schools that have entered into a partnership agreement with the College of Education and Social Services in which preparation of pre-service teachers is seen as a part of the overall school development. 

What contact do I have with other students in the program?

All students in the program meet at an orientation session in the summer and have contact throughout the year through courses offered on campus. In addition, students are assigned to a team at a local middle school and form a cohort at that site.  These cohorts provide opportunity to develop professional, collegial relationships with undergraduate as well as other licensure students.

Can I begin the program at any time of the year?

Students admitted to the Licensure Program begin coursework during the summer session in mid-August.  There may be prerequisites for courses that must be taken in a semester or the summer prior to beginning the actual program. There may be courses in a specific licensure area that are required and that are open to students who are not yet accepted into the program.  Completion of these courses in no way guarantees acceptance into the program at a later date.

Is it possible to attend part-time or in the evening?

All students are strongly encouraged to enroll on a full-time basis (12-18 credit hours per semester). Part-time attendance is an option; however, all students must attend full-time during their final semester in order to complete their student teaching internship.  Some required courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, but it is not possible to complete the program taking only evening courses.  Part-time slots are limited and students must make a request to the program faculty for consideration.

Are there any minimum requirements to remain in the program?

Any student who earns two or more grades below a B (3.00) during his or her enrollment in the program, or who does not maintain a GPA of 3.00, may be dismissed from the program.  Dismissal may be appealed to the College of Education and Social Services Studies Committee. 

Can any requirements be waived based upon past courses and/or other experiences?

Comparable courses that have previously been taken at UVM or other institutions may be applied toward program requirements.  Transfer of credits to the M.A.T. degree is limited to nine semester hours. 

What constitutes successful completion of the licensure part of the program?

Determination of a student's successful completion of the program is based on assessment of each student's Licensure Portfolio and a student's satisfactory completion of all required coursework.  A Licensure Portfolio documents a prospective teacher's ability to meet the "Standards for Vermont Educators: A Vision for Schooling" (State Department of Education). All portfolio tasks are embedded in course work.  In addition to completing a Licensure Portfolio, students must complete the professional education coursework for the specific licensure program, with a minimum grade point average of B (3.00).  A minimum grade of B must be earned in the student teaching internship in order to be recommended for licensure. The coursework is designed to meet the professional education requirements for licensure.  General liberal arts and major subject area requirements must also be completed prior to licensure.  For most students, these will have been completed prior to admission to the program.

Am I guaranteed licensure if I successfully complete the licensure part of the program?

The Vermont Department of Education requires all candidates for licensure to provide passing scores on PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II tests.  Since the Licensure Program has been approved by the Vermont State Department of Education, successful completion of the program results in a student being recommended by UVM to the Vermont Department of Education for licensure in the specific program area.  To obtain a teaching license, a student must submit an application for licensure directly to the Vermont State Department of Education after completing the program.  The State Department of Education will not issue a license without UVM’s recommendation and passing scores on the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II.

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