Other Licensure Programs

Secondary Classroom and Specialist Teacher Licensure

Working as a teacher in a public school requires a teaching license with an endorsement in a specific content area. Students who wish to obtain a Vermont teaching license must complete an Initial Teacher Preparation Program through the Education Department and earn a recommendation from the department faculty.

In addition to elementary education, as noted in the preceding pages, Johnson State College offers the following licensure programs:

Secondary Classroom Teacher

Licensure Offered

Section of Catalog to Find More Information

English

7-12

Writing/Literature Dept.

Mathematics

7-12

Mathematics Dept.

Science

7-12

Environmental & Health Sciences Dept.

Social Studies

7-12

Humanities Dept.

 

 

 

Specialist Teacher

Licensure Offered

Section of Catalog to Find More Information

Art

PK-6, 7-12, PK-12

Fine & Performing Arts Dept.

Dance

7-12

Fine & Performing Arts Dept.

Music

PK-12

Fine & Performing Arts Dept.

Physical Education

PK-6, 7-12, PK-12

Environmental & Health Sciences Dept.

Theater Arts

7-12

Fine & Performing Arts Dept.

In order to complete an Initial Teacher Preparation program for a content area endorsement, students must:

  1. Complete the three application benchmarks (program entry, program midway, and program completion) of the Initial Teacher Preparation Program (contact the Education Department for the specifics);
  2. Complete the JSC General Education coursework and Graduation requirements, or their equivalent;
  3. Complete an approved academic program with a major in the endorsement area;
  4. Complete the Initial Teacher Preparation coursework for their endorsement area with a B- or better in each course;
  5. Complete a Level I Licensure Portfolio and all other licensure requirements such as suitable scores on the SAT, ACT, or PRAXIS I examinations, as well as PRAXIS II;
  6. Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better; and
  7. Obtain the recommendation of the Department of Education faculty.

In order to be fully admitted into an undergraduate Initial Teacher Preparation Program, students must:

  1. Complete the General Education Fundamental Skills requirements in English and Math or their equivalent (MAT-1080, Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning, and MAT-2030, Probability and Statistics, are recommended for math);
  2. Complete PSY-1010, Introduction to Psychology;
  3. Complete a minimum of three (3) EDU credits through JSC (EDU-2320, Engaged in Creative Teaching and Learning, is recommended as the first course) with a B- or better;
  4. Have a 2.75 grade point average;
  5. Have satisfactory scores for the SAT, ACT, or PRAXIS I according to Vermont Department of Education requirements;
  6. Complete the Application for an Initial Teacher Preparation Program, which includes submitting an application binder to the Education Department (contact the Education Department for information on the application and application binder).

Fieldwork and Student Teaching Practicum Experiences

Students in an Initial Teacher Preparation Program complete numerous fieldwork experiences attached to their coursework and an extended practicum experience. Students will be required to arrange transportation to the fieldwork sites. Contact the Education Department for prerequisites for the student teaching practicum.

The Level I Licensure Portfolio

All candidates for an initial teaching license are required to construct a Level I Licensure Portfolio in accordance with the current format established by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators. The portfolio is an organized collection of materials that demonstrates a candidate's knowledge, skill, and disposition. More specifically, it documents the students competence in meeting the Vermont Five Standards for Professional Educators.

The portfolio is an assessment tool that is constructed as a series of assignments throughout a teacher preparation program and finished during the Student Teaching Practicum. Each portfolio entry is scored by two independent reviewers: A recommendation for licensure requires a passing score from each reviewer. Students receive guidance for completing portfolio entries throughout their program. Students are expected to complete the portfolio prior to graduation but may apply for an extension. Portfolios submitted beyond the extension may not be accepted, or otherwise may incur an additional review fee.

The Education Department offers courses with an EDU designator. See full course descriptions. The department also offers a Master of Arts program in education. For further information, see the Johnson State College graduate catalog.

For required courses for specific areas of licensure, please refer to the departmental section of the catalog that sponsors the major.