How To Apply

Classes for the 2016 Program will commence in mid-August and mid-November. TAP accepts candidates on a rolling admissions basis and class size is limited. It is best to get your application in as soon as possible in order to increase your chances of securing a placement for the following year. Tuition is $10,900. The $100 application fee can be mailed directly to

CPS-TAP Application Fee
c/o Champlain College
P.O. Box 670
Burlington, VT 05402

To Apply, go to

College Transcripts

Please submit a copy of your transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (a photocopy will suffice). Transcripts should be emailed directly to TAP at for review.


Please have three references submit recommendations (professional or academic preferred) on the electronic form provided. Only the provided format will be accepted. Once you begin the application process, you will receive an e-mail from TAP that will provide a link that you can forward to three references. Their responses will be sent directly to TAP admissions.

Non-Discrimination Statement

TAP and its affiliated school districts are committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination. Admission decisions shall be made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, and place of birth, age, or physical or mental condition.

Admission Selection Process

Once your application is submitted, final acceptance  into the TAP program shall be based on the following: securing an approved internship with a mentor teacher at a designated school, admission interview with TAP Directors, space availability, completeness of the application, transcript review to determine whether all required coursework in content area has been met, performance during the interview with TAP faculty and with potential mentor teacher, communication skills (both oral and written), references, and grade point average. Candidates will be notified via e-mail upon acceptance, deferment, or denial to the program.

Once Accepted

If selected to participate in our Teacher Apprenticeship Program, participants shall be required to meet the following:

Criminal Records and Registry Background Check
In an attempt to help protect our school children from abuse and exploitation, Vermont law (16 V.S.A. sections 251-260) requires/authorizes criminal background investigations and registry checks with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent living (DDAIL), on the following individuals:

  • All school employees (including substitutes) being recommended for employment;
  • TAP Student teachers; and,
  • Contractors and employees of contractors who have unsupervised contact with school children.

Said individuals will be required to provide fingerprints, releases and other information necessary to conduct background investigations. The cost of the procedures shall be the responsibility of the individual for whom the background check is being requested. The process outlined below must be completed prior to the commencement of services within our district(s). All offers of employment (or service agreements) shall be conditioned upon an acceptable background check. Although employment/service with the district may commence prior to the completion of the background check process, continued employment/services with the district shall be contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Selected TAP candidates are required to take and pass required Praxis exam(s) prior to completing the program.

Minimum Performance Expectations
TAP participants shall be expected to meet the minimum performance expectations. These minimum performance expectations include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  1. Reports for duty at designated locations and times. Participant attendance shall be expected during the duration of the standard teacher workday, plus additional meetings and other events as scheduled beyond the standard workday.
  2. Prepares and delivers assignments as directed by the assigned mentor.
  3. Encourages students to set and maintain acceptable standards of classroom behavior, and models such behavior to students.
  4. Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
  5. Maintains records as requested or assigned by the mentor.
  6. Complies with and assists in upholding and enforcing school rules, administrative regulations, and local school district policies and procedures.
  7. Attends and participates in faculty, department, mentor council and district meetings as requested.
  8. Works to establish and maintain open lines of communication with students, parents, and colleagues concerning both the academic and behavioral progress of all students.
  9. Establishes and maintains cooperative professional relations with others.
  10. Performs related duties as assigned by the mentor in accordance with district policies and practices.