Level I License – Alternative For Initial Licensure: Peer Review (VT)

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Level I License – Alternative For Initial Licensure: Peer Review (VT)

Description
The Level I License – Alternative For Initial Licensure: Peer Review is for individuals who do not want to go through a 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 Name: Jessica Kobb
Contact Phone: 802-479-7461
Contact Email: Jessica.Kobb@state.vt.us
For more information please visit the state website: http://education.vermont.gov/educator-quality/become-a-vermont-educator/alternative-route

Notes
The Peer Review Program has 5 steps:
Applying to Peer Review
Peer Review Clinic
Preparing the Portfolio
The Evaluation Process
Peer Review Panel’s Recommendation

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

GPA: 3.0

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:

English:
Exam(s): One exam is required. See Notes.

Math:
Exam(s): One exam is required. See Notes.

Notes
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in speaking, writing, and other forms of creative expression and ability to apply basic mathematical skills, critical thinking skills, and creative thinking skills.

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
Student Teaching Okay.

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):

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/alternate-route
Form Mailing Address:
Peer Review Program,
Educator Quality Division, Vermont Agency of Education, 219 North Main Street, Suite
402, Barre, VT 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
Varies by District

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:
Application for Peer Review Program located in the first link of the page, may also download attachment. Please be sure to read the Handout thoroughly as this is a multi-step process and each step must be completed before moving on to the next step.

Resume and 3 recommendation letters from professionals required.

Fee: $1200

Applicant sends 4 copies of portfolio to the Peer Review Program. An additional $160 is due if applicant is recommended for Initial Licensure to obtain a Level 1 License.
Background check is only required once the applicant has been recommended for Initial Licensure.

Official transcripts only.

Transcript 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.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
Please see Handbook for Applicants attached for specific details regarding Peer Review.

The Peer Review Program has 5 steps:
Applying to Peer Review – All candidates for Peer Review shall meet the following qualifications: academic competence as attested by an overall B
average in their Baccalaureate degree program, and a B average in their major as defined by the institution.
Peer Review Clinic – A minimum of one Peer Review Clinic attendance is required within 18 months prior to
submission of portfolio.
Preparing the Portfolio – A portfolio is an edited but significant collection of materials or artifacts that you assemble in order to demonstrate and
verify that you possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for meeting the requirements and competencies
of the license and/or endorsement area you seek.
The Evaluation Process – The Peer Review Evaluation is a three-step process: (1) individual Panel members’ assessments of the portfolio, (2) the
interview with the candidate, and (3) the Panel’s summary and evaluation.
Peer Review Panel’s Recommendation- The Panel recommends to the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Standards (VSBPE) that the
candidate be granted the license and/or endorsement sought.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:45:30 PM


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