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To become a certified teacher in Vermont, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015


The Vermont Agency of Education mandates that all applicants applying for their initial Vermont teaching license meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution
  • Successfully complete one of the following:
  • A state-approved teacher preparation program through a bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate or master’s degree program
  • A Vermont alternative licensure program
  • Meet the requirements mandated by the state’s rules of reciprocity
  • Successfully complete all Praxis Series test requirements
  • Submit certification application and supplemental documents, and pay all required fees

Background Check

The Vermont Agency of Education requires that all teaching candidates undergo a criminal background check and fingerprint clearance before obtaining Vermont teaching license. View the VEA’s Criminal Record Check Packet for detailed instructions of the process.

Vermont Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Vermont, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Vermont Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Vermont can be found here!

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Vermont, visit our Vermont Teacher Scholarships page.

Vermont Required Tests

The Vermont Agency of Education requires that all applicants pursuing their Vermont teaching license successfully complete the Praxis Basic Skills Assessment and any required Praxis II Content Area Assessments.

Basic Skills Assessment

All candidates seeking initial Vermont teaching licensure are required to complete all three CORE tests. Candidates who have already begun the Praxis I (PPST) series of tests — prior to August 31, 2013 — have until August 2014 to do so. All other applicants must successfully complete the new CORE test requirements.


Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification
Praxis I Reading
Praxis I Writing
Praxis I Mathematics or
CORE: Reading
CORE: Writing
CORE: Reading
Required for all applicants seeking their initial teaching licensure in the state of Vermont.


Content Area Assessment(s)

Applicants are required to take all required Content Area assessments for their desired subject area/level of certification.


Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Elementary & Middle Grades (5-9) Certification

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Elementary Education
164 Middle School English Language Arts Middle Grades English Language Arts
165 Middle School Mathematics Middle Grades Mathematics
157 Middle School Science Middle Grades Science
165 Middle School Social Studies Middle Grades Social Studies



Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Secondary Ed. (7-12) Certification
General Science: Content Knowledge or
General Science: Content Essays
One (1) subject-specific science test
Required for all Science concentration* certifications
Biology: Content Knowledge or
Biology: Content Essays
Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Chemistry: Content Essays
158 Earth & Space Sciences: Content Analysis *Earth Science
168 English Language Arts: Content Analysis English
Mathematics: Content Knowledge or
Mathematics: Proofs, Models, & Problems
158 Middle School Science Middle Grades Science
Physics: Content Knowledge or
Physics: Content Essays
153 Social Studies:Content & Interpretation Social Studies


Visit Vermont’s Praxis Requirements for a complete list of available assessments.

Vermont Certification Reciprocity

Vermont will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, and Minnesota. Contact the State of Vermont Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Vermont Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Vermont provides loan forgiveness support for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Vermont has no induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $52,750
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $51,470
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Vermont makes 130% of the salary of the average worker in Vermont
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Applying for Certification

How to Apply Online

Vermont Educations Jobs

Vermont unions and school districts utilize the services of SchoolSpring to provide candidates with online access to job opportunities within the Vermont public school system. Through SchoolSpring, applicants are able to register, search and apply online for available teaching positions within the state.

Applicants interested in a position within Vermont’s private schools may contact the school(s) directly. Visit the Independent School Directory for more information.

Vermont Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Vermont.

Contact Information

Vermont Agency of Education

120 State Street

Montpelier, Vermont 05620

802-828-2445 – Contact

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