The state of Vermont expects early childhood education teachers to help students learn and advance at their own pace, and in order to do that, teachers 'need the knowledge and skill' to facilitate growth. A license in early childhood education enables preschool teachers to prepare students and follow Vermont's Early Learning Standards.
Vermont Salary Information and Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Vermont (2017)*||$33,620|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Early Childhood Education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core, Praxis Early Childhood Education|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree
In order to become a licensed preschool teacher in Vermont, students need to enroll in a bachelor's program at an approved, accredited institution in the state. Vermont does have a program through which students can attend school in states outside of Vermont (excluding New York, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and become licensed in the state. Regardless of the program chosen, students will have to complete teaching internships and take courses to prepare for working with young children.
Every course of study will feature slightly different class listings. However, most will include some staple classes like:
- Developmentally Appropriate Programming: Infants and Toddlers
- Using Inquiry for Math and Science with Young Children
- Reading and Language Development
- Human Rights and Responsibilities
Step 2: Take All Required Praxis Tests
All future teachers will have to take several exams in order to qualify for licensure. Teachers will need to take the Praxis Core exams unless they have taken some tests which qualify them for exemption, for example, the ACT (with a score of 22 on English and 22 on Math). The Praxis Core series is made up of three sections: math, reading, and writing. A score of 150 or higher is required for the math portion, while a score of 156 is needed for the reading portion. A score of 162 or higher is needed for the writing portion.
Next, teachers will need to take the Early Childhood Education Praxis test. This exam requires at least a score of 156. This is a two-hour exam with 120 multiple-choice questions. The computer-based exam covers everything from language and literacy to social studies, math, and science. There is also a section for subjects like physical education and the arts.
Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application
After all required testing is finished, teachers can begin the application process. Applicants will complete the initial registration step online before being prompted to fill out all applicable areas. The application can be submitted online, but official transcripts need to be uploaded and all testing information should be included. A $50 application fee is also required, along with a $12 fingerprinting processing fee. A Good Standing form and a Disclosure Form will be required in the application online. Then, when the license has been approved and sent to you, you can print a copy for your own records.
Study Resources for Future Vermont Teachers
Students looking to start studying for Praxis exams, whether the Core series or the Early Childhood Education exam, can find helpful resources online. Take a look at the guides below for some more perspective on the test.