Teacher Apprenticeship Program to Join Champlain College

BURLINGTON, VT - Vermont's Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP) is joining Champlain College's Online and Continuing Education Division this summer.

"In joining Champlain College," states Scott Mosher, director of the TAP program, "our goal is to expand within Vermont and eventually other states. Delivering our seminars and workshops in Champlain's online course system will certainly play a large role in our national growth." Mosher notes that the program's tuition of $10,900 is a large part of the appeal of the program, as is the fact that the apprenticeship is completed in eight months.

The Teacher Apprenticeship Program was created in 2002 by the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union. Through TAP, adults with a bachelor's degree and significant work experience complete an eight-month apprenticeship to earn their teaching license. Over the past decade, 200 TAP trained graduates have been working in Vermont schools and more than 20 have been teaching in other parts of the United States or overseas.

Participants in the program are placed in middle and high schools around the state, usually close to their hometowns, working closely with teacher-mentors throughout their apprenticeship. They also attend seminars during the eight-month program to develop teaching skills and build their portfolio of work to meet the requirements for licensure from the Vermont Agency of Education. TAP is accredited by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators and the Vermont Agency of Education.

"Making the decision to teach...changed my life. TAP was invaluable to my development...and gave me a strong understanding of educational theory and countless strategies that I continue to use to improve my craft as a teacher!" said Marianne Hunkin, TAP Class of 2013. Hunkin was recently hired as a full-time social studies teacher at Enosburg High School.

Jayson Boyers, executive director of Champlain's Online & Continuing Education Division, agrees. "The TAP program aligns perfectly with Champlain's professional education focus. It addresses the unique challenges adults face in continuing their education and juggling busy lives, and in creating opportunities for adults to retool for a changing work environment."

To learn more about the TAP program, and how to get started, call (802) 238-9637 or visit http://www.tapvt.org

About Champlain College: Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. For over 20 years Champlain has offered distinctive online bachelor's and master's degrees, and in 2013 was recognized by US News & World Reportas being in the top 25 percent of colleges offering online degrees in the country. Champlain's Online and Continuing Education Division offers more than 30 degrees and professional certificates in the areas of business, technology and health care. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu/online, call (888) 545-3459 or email cps@champlain.edu.