Goddard College’s Teacher Licensure offers you the opportunity to earn your credentials in a student-centered, interdisciplinary setting that emphasizes personalized learning, collaboration, and self-reflection.
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 Teacher Licensure is competency-based. Students 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 mastery of rigorous state and Goddard competencies.
The State of Vermont requires that teacher licensure candidates have a liberal arts degree with a “B” or better average, along with liberal arts credits that match endorsement areas (see below). Students seeking licensure cannot have a criminal record or have ever been convicted of a felony.
Students are assisted through the admissions process by the Teacher Licensure Coordinator.
Candidates who successfully complete Goddard’s approved certification program receive an Initial Teacher Licensure through the State of Vermont. This certification has reciprocity in most states through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)‘s interstate education certification/licensure agreement.
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The Bachelor of Arts in Education program is open to students who have already completed approximately 60 liberal arts credits and who wish to extend their knowledge in the field of education to meet personal and/or professional goals. Transfer credit and/or credit awarded for prior learning up to a total of 75 credits can be applied to the 120 semester hour credits required for the degree.
Students with less than 60 credits can begin their studies in Goddard’s Individualized Bachelor of Arts and then transfer to the BA in Education.
A minimum of three semesters of enrollment in the BA in Education program is required for graduation.
Learn more about the Individualized Bachelor of Arts program, and how Goddard College can help you meet your goals!