If you’re looking to become a teacher in Vermont but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the Vermont Alternative Licensure – Peer Review option is an alternative route you can take to become a certified teacher in a short amount of time. Here is a look at what the program is all about and what you need to know to apply.
Program Mission and Overview
The Alternative Licensure – Peer Review program is a peer-review process in which prospective teachers are endorsed by others and evaluated to determine if they qualify to work as a teacher in Vermont. The review factors in educational background and work experience. Upon acceptance into the program, candidates must prepare a portfolio, which will be evaluated by a committee. Candidates must also prepare for an interview. Those who are not accepted upon initial review may reapply after completing an appropriate Plan of Action in which the applicant must detail how they will meet program standards in two years.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates interested in participating in the program must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts or sciences field or in a subject area taught in school.
- Complete the PRAXIS I basic skills and PRAXIS II content area test.
Interested candidates may use the application found on the Vermont licensing website.
Candidates who are approved through this program need to pay an application fee of $40 and a peer review fee of $1,200.