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Teaching in Vermont: The Rules and Regulations

There are two ways of becoming a licensed educator in Vermont: the traditional route and the and the alternative route know as Peer Review. The traditional route of becoming licensed is the completion of a state approved educator preparation program at a college or university through a bachelor, post-baccaleaurate, or masters degree program and a recommendation for licensing from the institution at the time of graduation. Another way of being licensed is by meeting the requirements of the rules of reciprocity, which is a system whereby a recommendation for licensure from a state-approved education training program at an accredited college or university is recognized in another state.

Here is the checklist for applying for an educator license…

-application for Vermont initial educator license -take an oath -child support, tax, and UCC statement -current resume -official documentation of education employment (only if you are requesting reciprocity based on experience -must complete all testing (praxis 1 and 2) before completing application and have it sent from the educational testing service to the licensing office -transcript from college or university attended -criminal record check form, -fingerprints -check or money order for $160 to the Vermont Licensing Office -copy of Vermont license -copy of out of state educator license, if applies to you -copy of mental health or MSW licenses (only for school social work)

Most individuals wishing to become licensed as teachers or administrators have graduated from state approved preparation programs and received a recommendation for licensure from their institution. Vermont has created an "alternative route to licensure" for those who wish to become licensed educators but have not completed a traditional educator preparation program at a college or university. Vermont’s alternate route is called License by Evaluation or "Peer Review."