Vermont Alternative Teacher Certification

Educators who haven't completed a teacher preparation program can still be eligible for certification through Vermont's alternative route. Educators must hold at least a bachelor's degree and participate in a peer review. Read more below. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Alternative Route to Licensure in Vermont

Vermont's alternative route to licensure is for educators who haven't completed a traditional teacher program at a college or university. The alternative route is a peer review route called License by Evaluation. Prospective educators who have the experience and education needed to meet the Vermont CORE Teaching Standards and Progression Indicators for their teaching area can be recommended for licensure. Read more below.

Education Required Bachelor's degree
Exams Required Praxis CORE and Praxis II tests or approved alternatives
License Validity Period 3 years (Level I); 5 years (Level II)
Advancement Requirements 3 years teaching experience, professional development credits
Mean Salary
(2018, statewide)*
$34,290 (preschool); $59,560 (kindergarten); $62,430 (elementary); $59,170 (middle school); $65,850 (high school); $63,940 (career/technical, high school)
Estimated Job Growth
(2018-2028, nationwide)*
7.1% (preschool); 3.8% (kindergarten); 3.3% (elementary school); 3.5% (middle school); 3.6% (high school); 2.2% (career/technical, high school)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Alternative Route Application Requirements

All applicants are required to hold at least a bachelor's degree. In addition, applicants must achieve passing scores on a Praxis CORE exam, or an alternative test, along with any additional required Praxis II tests for a specific license. Educators must provide a current resume and pay a $50 initial application fee.

Initial Steps to Licensure: Building a Portfolio

If the application is pre-approved by a peer review coordinator, an acceptance packet will be sent to the prospective educator, who will then be required to build a portfolio. The portfolio is a major component of the peer review process. An educator must provide documents demonstrating that they have the experience and education needed to meet the teaching competencies outlined in the Vermont Core Teaching Standards. Documentation might include course transcripts, sample lesson plans and evidence of teaching observations or work experience.

Final Steps to Certification

Once completed, the portfolio is sent back to the peer review coordinator for review; this can take up to two months. If accepted, the educator must pay $1,200 and will then be scheduled for an interview with a panel of two licensed educators. After the interview, there are two possible outcomes:

  • The educator is recommended for licensure
  • The educator receives a plan of action and must complete it before being recommended for licensure

If licensure is recommended, or once a plan of action has been completed, an educator can then apply for their initial license. Their application can be completed online. A fingerprint background check is required, and the fee for applying for the initial license is $200 - $50 for processing and a three-year license fee of $150. Educators will receive a Level I three-year license.

License Renewal

Licenses can be renewed and advanced online. Level I licensed educators should have completed at least three credits (equal to 45 clock hours) of continuing education; at least one credit must focus on performance standards in their teaching area and have been completed within the past three years. Applicants will be responsible for the $50 processing fee and $150 three-year licensing fee.

License Advancement

If an educator has taught for the three years that their initial license is valid, they can choose to transition their license rather than renew it. Doing so will allow them to receive a Level II license at renewal, rather than a Level I. A Level II license is valid for five years and requires a $250 license fee along with the $50 processing fee. Level II licenses require more credits for renewal.

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