In Vermont, every school district sets the requirements for their substitute teachers. Below, we'll take a look at some of the common requirements asked of by school districts seeking substitute teachers.
Requirements for Substitute Teachers in Vermont
|Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in Vermont (2017)*||$31,800|
|Required Degree||High School Diploma|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Your Education
Becoming a substitute teacher in Vermont requires you to complete high school. Beyond this, there are few specific requirements. Some districts may require a bachelor's degree. If possible, consider taking courses related to education. You may also want to consider gaining some experience with kids. Perhaps you'll choose to work as a teacher's aide or a tutor. If you take any post-secondary education, you may be able to work a student teaching internship into your program.
Step 2: Pass Required Exams
There are no state-specific exams, since each district decides on its own requirements. However, it may be a good idea to consider taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators three exams. These test you on your basic knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Each exam is individually scored, and for certification in Vermont, teachers must pass with no less than 150 on the math subtest, 162 on the writing subtest, and 156 on the reading. You'll have 85 minutes to complete the math and reading subtests each and 100 minutes for the writing exam. The exams are all made up of multiple-choice questions, but the writing exam includes two essays.
Step 3: Consider Additional Training
Depending on the district, you may find additional training necessary. For a better resume, you may want to consider CPR training, as well. Many states require teachers to be trained in first aid, so this could be helpful. Other training may be required by the school district in the form of a training session for substitute teachers. You will likely be told of the specific training program once you have been hired by the district.
Step 4: Complete a Background Check
Most districts will follow the rule set forth by the state that teachers must be fingerprinted and have a criminal background check run and ask that substitute teachers do this as well. At an identification center, you'll have your fingerprints taken digitally. Within 6-12 weeks, the VCIC (Vermont Crime Information Center) will get the report back to the Agency of Education. Once this fingerprinting and background check have been completed, you will receive a receipt as proof. This can be used when applying for a substitute position.
Vermont Substitute Teacher Certification Resources
Though there are no state-required exams for substitute teachers in Vermont, you will still want to be ready. Should you choose to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators exam, we've included a study guide link.