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The Vermont Teaching License allows a person to teach in the state of Vermont. Choosing an endorsement, or an area of content specialization, is required as part of the licensure process. The instructional level is the teacher's age group specialization, and this is also required for licensure. A teacher may, over time, add multiple endorsements or instructional levels to their teaching license.

  • All teachers in Vermont must meet the "Core Teaching Standards for Vermont Educators" requirements for licensure.
  • Teachers specialize in an endorsement (content) area such as Science, Math, Art, Physical Education, English, Social Studies or Business Administration.
  • Teachers specialize in an instructional level (age or grade grouping), such as grades K-12, middle level (5-9) or secondary (7-12).

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TAP supports the following endorsements:

  • Science (grades 5 - 9 or 7 - 12)
  • Social Studies (5 - 9 or 7 - 12)
  • English (5 - 9 or 7 - 12)
  • Math (5 - 9 or 7 - 12)
  • Art (K - 12)
  • Modern & Classical Languages (K - 12)
  • Business (5 - 12)
  • Physical Education (K - 12)
  • English Language Learners (K - 12)
  • Health (K - 12)
  • Music (K - 12)
  • Family and Consumer Science (5 - 12)
  • Education Technology (K - 12)
  • Theater (7 - 12)
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TAP will arrange for candidates to complete their student teaching in a school that's as close to their home as possible. 

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TAP facilitates candidates' 18-week student teaching field experience, Level I Licensure Portfolio, 100 hours of TAP seminars and exchange visits to other area schools. TAP then recommends candidates for licensure with a letter to the VT Agency of Education. To obtain their teaching license, candidates upload their TAP recommendation letter, scores for Praxis I (general basic skills test) and Praxis II (specific subject-based test)‚Äč, college transcripts and fee.

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To earn an endorsement to teach grades 7 - 12, a bachelor's degree with at least 30 credits (or the equivalent) in the area of interest is required. 

To earn an endorsement to teach grades 5 - 9 (middle level), a bachelor's degree with at least 18 credits (or the equivalent) in the area of interest is required.

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TAP is an 8-month program with 2 cohorts per year. The first cohort runs from August to March, and the second cohort runs from November to June.

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Candidates should expect to be engaged for 18 weeks at a local school, from the beginning of their host school's semester until the end of the semester. They will be working full-time at their schools from 7:30 to 3:30, five days a week (including meeting times), with the exception of school holidays. They will also be completing TAP assignments and readings in addition to planning lessons and assessing student work in the evenings. TAP is a rigorous, accelerated program.

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

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The cost of the Teacher Apprenticeship Program is $11,900. A $100 non-refundable application fee and a $1,000 non-refundable deposit are required before TAP can secure a student teaching placement. This does not include the Vermont Agency of Education's fee for licensure or the cost of Praxis exams.

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

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All teachers must be certified in the state in which they teach, and the requirements vary greatly between each state. (Reciprocity refers to the set of agreements between states regarding what they will accept in terms of teacher licensure.) Vermont currently has educator reciprocity with all states except: New York, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Applicants considering teaching in a state other than Vermont should research what that state requires in terms of teacher licensure.

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TAP has an excellent reputation and placement rate. Currently, over 500 TAP alumni work in Vermont schools. Our most successful graduates are geographically flexible and take strong initiative to build their professional network and pursue job opportunities. Principals report that they are very impressed by the TAP graduates they have hired.

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