Teacher Licensure is offered through the Vermont Agency of Education for those completing the Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts degree, as well as non-degree-seeking post-baccalaureate or postgraduate studies.  A Vermont Teacher License has reciprocity in many other states through the Interstate Certification Compact (Reciprocity Agreement).

In concurrence with state requirements, Goddard’s licensure option is competency-based. Students interested in becoming licensed teachers work with faculty advisors to plan a sequence of studies, field experiences, internships, and other learning activities to acquire the competencies required of beginning teachers.

Students complete a pre-student teaching portfolio to demonstrate their readiness to begin a full, one-semester teaching practicum. Students also complete a final, outcomes-based portfolio demonstrating their successful mastering of rigorous state and Goddard competencies. The State of Vermont requires teacher licensure candidates to have a liberal arts degree with a “B” or better average as well as liberal arts credits which match endorsement areas. (see below) Students seeking licensure cannot have a criminal record or have ever been convicted of a felony.

Candidates who successfully complete Goddard’s approved certification program receive an Initial Teacher Licensure through the State of Vermont. This licensure has reciprocity in most other states through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)‘s interstate education certification/licensure agreement.

The Licensure Degree Option is only available by enrolling in the Education Program at Goddard’s main campus in Plainfield, Vermont. Students enrolling in the Education Program through the College’s Seattle, Washington, site cannot pursue licensure.

Licensure Information

To receive initial licensure in the state of Vermont, you must meet all of the pre-student teaching, student teaching, and portfolio requirements, as well as any other Vermont Agency of Education requirements (Praxis CORE and Praxis II testing and background criminal check).

Basic Teacher Licensure Requirements include:

  • A majority of 40 credits of liberal arts requirements, as well as a chosen licensure endorsement area.
  • A minimum of four semesters of full-time study for BA students
  • The State of Vermont requires teacher licensure candidates to have a liberal arts degree with a “B” or better average and 30 credits in a major.

Bachelor of Arts in Education

At the undergraduate level, Goddard College  is approved by the Vermont Agency of Education to offer initial Vermont teacher licensure in the following endorsement areas:

  • Early Childhood (birth to age 6, k to grade 3 or both)
  • Elementary (k–6),
  • Art (prek-6, 7-12 or prek to 12)
  • Middle Grades (5–9)
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Social Studies

Students entering the BA in Education with Teacher Licensure option are expected to meet state requirements for beginning teachers prior to graduation. If you transfer into Goddard’s Education Program with 75 credits, you may earn your Bachelor of Arts degree and then complete the licensure requirements in a post-baccalaureate semester after graduation. Contact the Admissions Office or the Licensure Coordinator for a review of your status and for a preliminary transcript review.

Master of Arts in Education

At the graduate level, Goddard College is approved by the Vermont Agency of Education to offer the following Vermont teacher licensure and endorsement areas:

  • Early Childhood Education (birth-5, 5-8, or birth-8)
  • Elementary Education
  • Art (PK-6, 7-12, or PK-12)
  • Middle Grades
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Science
  • School Counseling

The State of Vermont requires teacher licensure candidates to have a liberal arts degree with a “B” or better average and 30 credits in a major. Contact the Admissions Office or the Licensure Coordinator for a review of your status and for a preliminary transcript review.

Work of the Program

Goddard’s licensure degree option, in concurrence with Vermont state requirements, is competency based. Students interested in becoming licensed teachers plan — with the help of their advisor — a sequence of studies, field experience, internships, and other learning activities in order to acquire the competencies required of beginning teachers. Students complete a pre-student teaching portfolio to demonstrate the knowledge and readiness to begin a full, one-semester teaching practicum, and complete a final, outcomes-based portfolio (Level I Licensure Portfolio) demonstrating their successful mastering of rigorous state and Goddard competencies.

The recommended length of study for the licensure portion of a student’s program is three semesters, consisting of:

  • Two semesters to complete two pre-placement portfolios (pre-student teaching or pre-counseling internship) documenting successful completion of general and endorsement-area specific competencies, including practicum field experiences;
  • One semester of student teaching or counseling internship;
  • Completion of a final licensure portfolio documenting the field experience and additional competencies.

Note: BA degree candidates seeking licensure are required to complete one additional semester, which includes the culminating final product (senior study).

Licensure Endorsement Area Requirements

  • Early Childhood Education (birth-5, 5-8, or birth-8): Liberal arts degree with a minimum of six credits in English, and three in each ,mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Elementary education: Liberal arts degree with six credits in English, and three each in mathematics, science, and social studies;
  • Art (PK-6, 7-12, or PK-12): Liberal arts degree with 30 credits in art.
  • Middle grades in English, Social Studies and/or Science: Liberal arts degree with 18 credits each in the  core content area of which 6 of these are upper division course work.
  • Secondary English: Liberal arts degree with 30 credits in English in which 9 credits are in upper division course work.
  • Secondary Science: Prior Liberal Arts BA/BS degree with 30 credit major in Science with 9 of those upper division including lab science course in chemistry and physics
  • Secondary Social Studies: Liberal arts degree with 30 credits in social studies/history in which 9 credits are in upper division course work. Studies must include course work in American and World History, Economics, Cultural Geography, Citizenship/Government and Unity/Diversity/Interdependence.