The Office of Educator Licensure within the JSC Education Department can provide guidance to students who wish to pursue a career as a classroom teacher, unified arts teacher or guidance counselor. This is also where students can obtain forms, information and advice on coursework and substitutions. Assistance is available by appointment. Contact the Licensure Office Coordinator, Rebecca Pastor, by email, or call 802-635-1307.
This section contains detailed information for students interested in becoming licensed as teachers (see Teacher Education Programs section) or school guidance counselor (see the M.A. in Counseling section within the Behavioral Sciences Department on this website).
Preparing for Licensure
Start planning early in your program. Work with your advisor and program director to construct a Course Sequence covering all requirements. Select general education courses that satisfy the liberal arts and science background requirements for the program. Contact the program director to discuss course equivalents, substitutions or waivers.
Students transferring credits from other institutions (including Community College of Vermont and other VSC colleges) must meet with the program director for a transcript review to determine which courses may satisfy which requirements.
Students must apply to enter a teacher education program. Declaring a major or commencing coursework in a program of study does not constitute entry into a teacher education program. Enroll in the beginning coursework and attend EDU-TEW1, Teacher Education Workshop I, to learn about the teacher education program application process.
Full acceptance into a program includes satisfaction of the Vermont Educator Testing Requirements. Students must submit passing scores on the Praxis I examinations, the SAT examination, the ACT examination or the GRE examination. For complete information, see Vermont’s Examination Requirements for details.
Students in teacher education programs at JSC complete numerous fieldwork assignments. Students are expected to provide time in their weekly schedule to accomplish fieldwork assignments during typical public school hours (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and to arrange their own transportation to fieldwork sites.
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 prepares students to complete the next set of program requirements. Those who do not meet the benchmark requirements are not permitted to proceed in the program.
Students must earn a B- or better in all endorsement-specific courses. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, a 3.0 GPA in the chosen major, and a passing grade in the Praxis II examination before applying for the Teaching Internship (i.e., student teaching).
Students will participate in three interviews throughout the program: Entry Interview, Midway Interview and Exit Interview. Expect each to last one hour and take place on campus.
Earning a recommendation for licensure from JSC requires a student to meet all requirements for licensure in place at the time of the recommendation. If the requirements for licensure established by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators, the Vermont Agency of Education, or the U.S. Department of Education change over the span of your enrollment in a teacher education program, you must consult with your program director about how to meet the new requirements.
Level I Licensure Portfolio
Students seeking a recommendation for licensure from 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, the Knowledge & Performance Standards for his or 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 a Level I license. Portfolios must achieve passing scores from two reviewers: one from a faculty member and one from the JSC Board of Reviewers.
Once a student has completed all requirements for a teacher education program, it’s time for a verification check with the JSC Licensure Officer. Students must complete the application for a verification check and schedule an appointment with the officer for a file review. Upon satisfaction of all requirements, the office will issue a recommendation for licensure, with a note posted on your official JSC transcript. Students will need to include an official copy of their transcript and their recommendation for licensure when submitting their application for initial licensure to the Vermont Agency of Education.