Alternative Teacher Certification in Vermont

Aug 17, 2021

There is one alternative path for licensure in Vermont other than out-of-state reciprocity. To become a teacher in Vermont outside of the traditional path, you must complete the License by Evaluation route, or more commonly called the Peer Review. Below, we'll look at the steps needed to become certified.

Requirements for Teachers in Vermont

Average Salary for Teachers in Vermont (2019)* $35,920 (Preschool)
$63,480 (Elementary School)
$61,470 (Middle School)
$66,660 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Any
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams
Praxis Content Knowledge exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Your Education

To go through the alternative path for teacher licensure you must first complete your education. To be a teacher, using the traditional or alternative paths, you must earn a bachelor's degree. What your bachelor's degree concentrates on is your choice. Since this is the alternative path, you can have almost any major and still be qualified for teaching. Of course, if you'd like to become a teacher, your best bet is to major in an area that you'd like to teach (or consider becoming a teacher in the subject you studied). Clearly, it would not make sense to study English literature if you want to become a chemistry teacher. You must also keep your GPA above a C throughout your program. Since this program is not on an educational track, you will not need to complete any student teaching practicums during this time.

Step 2: Get Experience

Though it may not be part of your education program, you will need to gain experience working with children in your subject area. The requirement for initial licensure is 13 consecutive weeks of student teaching. The peer review panel may look at your previous work experience and consider it to count toward your student teaching equivalent. However, if possible, consider volunteering or working with children to gain insightful educational theories and foundational experience.

Step 3: Pass Required Exams

Before submitting your application for the alternative path of peer review, you must pass any Praxis exams required of teachers. This will include the three Core Academic Skills for Educators exams and any Praxis content exams on the subject you wish to teach. The Core exams will test you on your basic understanding of math, reading, and writing. Both the reading and math sections include 56 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 85 minutes. To pass these, Vermont requires test takers to pass with scores of no less than 150 in the math subtest and 156 in the reading subtest. The writing test requires a passing score of 162. This one includes 40 questions and two essays that must be completed. The Praxis I, ACT, SAT or GRE may be considered in place of the Praxis Core Academic Skills tests.

All content exams are different. They will test your knowledge and understanding of the concepts within that subject. Vermont has different passing scores for the various exams.

Step 4: Complete the Peer Review

The next step is to apply for peer review. You must have your education, experience, and testing completed prior to applying. Once this is out of the way, you will need to attend a Peer Review Clinic provided by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE). Once you have completed this, you'll be given a certificate of completion to submit with your peer review portfolio. After about two months, you will then meet with a panel of your peers for an interview.

Step 5: Background Check

The final step in the peer review process is a background check and fingerprinting. This typically adds another two to three months on to the wait time for approval, but this is the final step. You'll pay $12 to have your fingerprints taken at an identification center. Most centers use a digital scanning system. The Vermont Crime Information Center (VCIC) will then run the background check and get the results back to the AOE within 6-12 weeks.

Vermont Teacher Certification Resources

Vermont uses the Praxis system to test the teachers. For this reason, we've incorporated some links to different Praxis study guides for whatever certification exam you may find yourself taking.

  • Prepare for the Praxis Exam
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Combined Test (5751): Study Guide & Test Prep
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