Teacher Education Programs for Secondary or Unified Arts Teachers

The Education Department, in partnership with other academic departments at JSC, offers Teacher Education Programs preparing students to become candidates for a Vermont Initial Educator Licensure in the following Endorsement Areas within Secondary and Unified Arts Education:

Secondary Classroom Teacher (7-12)

Required Major

English Education

B.A. in English or B.A. in Creative Writing

Mathematics Education

B.A. in Mathematics

Science Education

B.A. or B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Environmental Science/Natural Resources, B.S. in Integrated Environmental Science, or B.S. in Health Science

Social Studies Education

B.A. in History or B.A. in Political Science



Unified Arts Teacher (PK-12)

Required Major

Art Education

B.A. in Art or B.F.A. in Studio Art

Dance Education

See Education Department Unified Arts Coordinator

Music Education

B.A. in Music & Music Education

Physical Education

B.S. in Health Sciences

Theater Arts Education

B.A. in Theater & Drama

Theoretical Framework & Learning Pursuits

Students in Education Department programs gain both an understanding of the discipline of education and a practical grasp of effective professional practice. Connecting these two realms provides a foundation for achieving the department's objectives for each student, including the use of academic study in the formation of content-specific professional knowledge, the use of action research to design deliberative pedagogical strategies, the use of critical theory to confidently serve as a progressive colleague and advocate, and the use of transformative learning in the pursuit of continuous personal growth. In order to support learning along these four strands, the program engages students in, and teaches them to use, related inquiry processes. Taken together, the four strands of learning and inquiry constitute a fifth, systemic approach of intentional practice. The program theme is Teach with Intention. Students who successfully complete an Education Department program will,

Program Requirements

Working as a teacher in a public school in Vermont requires a Level I Educator's License with an endorsement in a specific discipline at a designated level. The license is issued by the VT Department of Education (VTDOE) to candidates who successfully complete a Teacher Education Program and are recommended by their institution. Students seeking to become a candidate for a Vermont Educator's License with an endorsement in one of the Secondary or Unified Arts Endorsements listed above must apply to the Education Department to enter that Teacher Education Program.

Students accepted into a Teacher Education Program complete three sets of academic requirements: (a) A major in the discipline of their endorsement, including all requirements for the bachelor's degree such as the general education and graduation requirements, with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better, and a 3.0 GPA in the major; (b) Specific content-specific endorsement courses; and, (c) A set of education courses. With careful planning, these requirements can be met for most programs within a typical 4-year plan of study. The education and the content-specific endorsement course requirements for secondary and unified arts endorsement areas are listed below. The requirements for the major are listed under the academic department for that major.

Preparation, Application, and Advancement

Students wishing to prepare for an application to a Teacher Education Program should obtain a program handbook from the Education Department. A few of the preparation steps are listed below, others are detailed in the handbook.

  1. Work with your major advisor and the Program Director for Secondary Education Programs in the Education Department to construct a Course Sequence covering all requirements. Discuss course equivalents, substitutions, or waivers with the Program Director.
  2. Students transferring credits from other institutions (including CCV, other VSC colleges, or other institutions) must meet with the Program Director for a Transcript Review to determine which courses satisfy which requirements, if any.
  3. Students must apply to enter a Teacher Education Program: Acceptance into the College or declaring a major or beginning coursework in a program of student does not constitute entry into a Teacher Education Program. Enroll in the beginning coursework for the program (EDU-2360 or EDU-2365) and attend EDU-TEW1, Teacher Education Workshop 1, to learn about the Teacher Education Program application process.
  4. Full acceptance into the ELED program includes satisfaction of the Vermont Educator Testing Requirements: Students must submit passing scores on the PRAXIS I examination, the SAT examination, the ACT examination, or the GRE examination. For complete information, see http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/licensing/testing.html.
  5. Students in all Teacher Education programs complete numerous fieldwork assignments. Students are expected to provide time in their weekly schedule to accomplish fieldwork assignments during typical public school hours (M-F, 7 am to 3:30 pm) and to arrange their own transportation to fieldwork sites.
  6. Advancement through a teacher education program requires attendance at five Teacher Education Workshops (EDU-TEW1 through EDU-TEW5). These are one-time meetings held each semester in multiple sections: See the Course Sequence Plans in the Teacher Education Handbook for details. Each workshop provides guidance for completing the next set of requirements for the program. Those who do not meet the benchmark requirements will not be permitted to proceed in the program.
  7. Students must earn a B- or better in all endorsement-specific courses. You must demonstrate a 3.0 cumulative GPA, a 3.0 GPA in your major, and pass the PRAXIS II examination before apply for the Teaching Internship (e.g. Student Teaching).
  8. Students will participate in three interviews spread throughout the program: Entry Interview, Midway Interview, Exit Interview. Expect these to be one hour, on campus.
  9. Earning a Recommendation for Licensure from JSC requires a student to meet all applicable requirements for licensure in place at the time of the recommendation. If the requirements for licensure established by the VT Standards Board for Professional Educators, the VT Department of Education, or the U.S. Department of Education change over the span of a student's enrollment in a TE program, the student must consult with his/her TE Program Director to determine if the changes apply and, if so, how best to meet the new requirements.

The Level I Licensure Portfolio

Students seeking a Recommendation for Licensure from JSC are required to submit a complete Level I Portfolio, ready for scoring, by the due date established within the Teacher Internship semester.

The portfolio is a collection of specific assignments that demonstrate a candidate's knowledge, skill, and disposition. It documents the candidate's competence in meeting Vermont's Five Standards for Professional Educators and the Knowledge & Performance Standards for his/her endorsement area, and the Code of Professional Ethics for VT Educators. The portfolio must be constructed in accordance with the current guidelines established by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators. Students should read the JSC Portfolio Handbook for details and policies.

The portfolio is an assessment of a candidate's readiness to apply for the Level I License. Portfolios must achieve passing scores from two reviewers; one from a faculty member and one from the JSC Board of Reviewers. A student whose portfolio does not achieve two passing reviews will not earn a Recommendation for Licensure. In some cases, reviewers may request revision(s): Portfolios that do not pass after the second review will be marked as No Pass. While, typically, the review process requires a few weeks, students should expect the review process to last many months or a year if the portfolio requires revision. Students may be required to enroll in a credit-bearing tutorial session to complete or revise a portfolio.

Students may apply for a limited extension for submission of a portfolio due to unexpected circumstances. Requests must be made during the Teaching Internship semester. Portfolios submitted after the Teaching Internship semester or the extension due date, or submitted portfolios that do not meet guidelines, will not be accepted for review. In such cases, a student will not earn a Recommendation for Licensure from JSC.


The Teacher Education Programs at JSC are accredited through the Vermont Standards Board for Profession Educators. The accreditation process assures that candidates who are recommended for licensure meet all state standards for the license and the endorsement. Vermont has established agreements to have educators' licenses recognized in over 40 other states, districts, and territories through association with NASDTEC.