Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between a teaching license and an endorsement?

A. All teachers in Vermont must meet the "Core Teaching Standards for Vermont Educators" (requirements) for licensure. In addition, teachers "specialize" in a content (endorsement) area such as Science, Math, Art, Physical Education, English, Social Studies, Business Administration AND an age grouping, grades (K-12), Middle Level (5-9) or Secondary (7-12).

Q. What is the timeline of the program? What are the hours of the program?

A. TAP is an 8-month program with two intakes per year (1st intake in August, the 2nd intake in November).  Candidates should expect to be engaged from 7:30 to 3:30 five days a week with the exception of school holidays.

Q. Can I have a job at the same time?

A. It is extremely difficult to meet the requirements of the TAP leading to direct licensure while holding another job. This is a full-time commitment.  Please talk with a TAP faculty member to discuss further.

Q. What is the cost of the program?

A. The cost of the TAP program is $10,900. Upon successful completion of the program interns will be recommended to the Vermont Agency of Education for licensure.

Q. How am I going to pay for this program?

A. The Vermont Student Assistance Program (VSAC) may provide low-interest loans with cost of living expenses included. Also, VSAC grants are available to qualified candidates. Contact VSAC at (800) 226-1029 for more information. Other sources of funding may be the Department of Labor, or Troops to Teachers.

Q. Do I go through Peer Review?

A. No, TAP is approved by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators and the Vermont Agency of Education. This allows TAP to directly recommend candidates for licensure. This is the same process followed by other approved higher institutions, such as UVM, Johnson State, or Saint Michael's College.