Initial Licensure Level 1 (VT)

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Published on: 8/27/2017



Initial Licensure Level 1 (VT)

Description
The Initial Licensure Level 1 route is a traditional route for those who have completed a state approved educator preparation program.
License Valid for 3 years
Employment: Not Required

Reciprocity
The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Vermont
Contact Phone: 802-479-1700
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website: http://education.vermont.gov/educator-quality/become-a-vermont-educator

Notes
Applicant may apply through Peer Review Alternative Licensure if they do not meet the requirements for Initial License. All unmet requirements listed in your “Determination Letter” must be completed within six months of VT sending receipt of application.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA Degree





Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:


Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program





Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:
Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s):
  • Praxis II (ASL, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish)
  • ACTFL OPI
    Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese-Cantonese, Chinese-Mandarin, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Egyptian, English, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Swahili, Filipino/Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese

Accept Scores from Out of State










Notes:
If language is not listed in Praxis II exam then ACTFL OPI is required. Roman Alphabet ACTFL OPI Passing Score: Advanced Mid Non-Roman Alphabet ACTFL OPI Passing Score: Intermediate High Latin/Greek ACTFL OPI Passing Score: Advanced Mid



Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at: http://education.vermont.gov/licensing/application/initial
Form Mailing Address:
Office of Educator Licensing Vermont Agency of Education 219 North Main St. Suite 402 Barre, Vermont 05641




Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=vermont

Background Check
Required
Printable Form at: FD-258 Federal Applicant Fingerprint Card

Renewal: Renewable
Renewal information found at http://education.vermont.gov/educator-quality/licensed-vermont-educators/renew-license 3 credits/45 hours of new professional learning per endorsement. At least one credit/15 hours of new learning must apply directly to your endorsement. Documentation/evidence of professional growth that shows how the Five Standards for Vermont Educators and IPDP goals have been met. Once you have taught in Vermont public school for three years under a Level I license, you must change to a Level II license unless you are not recommended to move by your Principal.

Notes:
Fee breakdown: $50 - Processing Fee, $150 - Level 1 fee Checks made out to Vermont AOE - Licensing Office Background check fee: $16.50 payable to the VT Department of Public Safety
LIVESCAN Electronic Fingerprinting can only be completed in Vermont. $16.50 fee payable to the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Out of state applicants may use FD-258 Federal Applicant Fingerprint Card. Locations can be found at: http://education.vermont.gov/documents/educ_licensing_vcic_brochure.pdf Exception - Out of country applicants may have fingerprints taken at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Local police station may be able to take them. The fingerprints must be on an FD-258 card. Official transcripts only. Transcript evaluation agencies can be found in the link at "Information for Applicants Who Have Completed Postsecondary Education Out of Country"
Renewals typically for non-public school teachers. Once you have taught in Vermont public school for three years under a Level I license, you must change to a Level II license unless you are not recommended to move by your Principal.