Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education K-6 Licensure
Successful completion of this program results in recommendation for Vermont state licensure as an elementary teacher (K-6). For successful completion, students must: (1) complete the elementary education major; (2) complete a full major or a liberal arts concentration (found at the end of this section) in an approved liberal arts discipline; (3) submit an approved professional portfolio that meets Vermont licensure requirements; and (4) have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Prior to student teaching, students must successfully complete Praxis I (reading, writing and mathematics). Praxis II (elementary education) is also required for licensure recommendation. Passing scores on both of these tests are determined by the Vermont State Board of Education, and they both are prerequisites for the initial educator's license in Vermont. All prerequisites for student teaching must be completed by October 15 for spring and March 15 for fall.
A 30-credit liberal arts concentration is required of all elementary majors and must be selected early in the program. Concentrations that satisfy this requirement are available in anthropology and sociology, art, biology, English, environmental science, health sciences, history, mathematics, music, theater and drama, political science, and psychology. A full major in any of these disciplines is encouraged and acceptable.
Elementary education majors complete two separate student teaching experiences. The first is a semester-long assignment (EDU-3811, Elementary Student Teaching I) in a classroom at one of our partnership schools. Three methods courses are embedded in the experience and taught on site. (The program for EDP students follows a different model. EDP students should consult with their advisor for details.) The second student teaching experience (EDU-4820, Elementary Student Teaching II) involves a full semester in a public school classroom and may occur during either the fall or spring semester of the senior year.
Before enrolling in Elementary Student Teaching I (EDU 3811), students pursuing teacher licensure must have:
- Earned 60 credits, which include EDU-2040, EDU-2080, EDU-2110, EDU-2320, EDU-3020, and PSY-1010;
- Earned a 3.0 GPA (B) average or received certification of academic competence by the academic dean;
- Earned a grade of B- or better in all courses in the elementary education major (see list of courses);
- Demonstrated basic skills competencies by successfully completing Praxis I tests covering reading, writing and mathematics (There is an SAT score exception for Praxis I. Students should contact the JSC Licensure office at 802-635-1270 for more information);
- Obtained the signature of approval from the student teacher coordinator;
- Completed a successful matriculation interview and a satisfactory Student Teaching Readiness Assessment; and
- Presented a developmental portfolio during the matriculation interview by March 15 for fall placement and by October 15 for spring placement.
Learning Outcomes for Elementary Education Majors
Students who successfully complete the major in elementary education will:
- Demonstrate mastery of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics by passing Praxis I according to Vermont guidelines (composite score of 526 or higher).
- Demonstrate knowledge of content areas (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics) taught at the kindergarten through grade 6 levels by successfully completing Praxis II Elementary Content with a score of 148 or higher.
- Be able to develop well-organized, standards-based lesson and unit plans, as well as use them successfully in an elementary classroom as evidenced by documentation included in an approved portfolio.
- Be knowledgeable of child development, various exceptionalities, literacy development, technology integration, anti-discriminatory practice, and demonstrate skill in planning and carrying out varied instructional activities designed to support learning across a diverse student population.
- Demonstrate skill in using reflection as a means of improving classroom teaching skills.
- Demonstrate collaboration and advocacy skills by working successfully with colleagues, parents, and the community at large for purposes of improving the educational experience for all children.
- Demonstrate those classroom teaching skills expected of a beginning teacher by successfully completing two student teaching experiences.
- Develop skills in critical and creative thinking and apply these to education as evidenced in successful completion of the licensure portfolio.