Vermont has several levels of teaching licenses. For most educators, careers start with an Initial License (Level I), and after three years, move to a Professional License (Level II). However, the State will grant Emergency and Provisional Licenses for those that have special circumstances. Vermont does offer an alternative route to licensing called the Peer Review Program. All this information can be found on the state licensing website here.
The requirements for renewal:
Verification of credits/hours or professional learning. Since your license was a 7-year license, you will need to show evidence of 9 credit hours/135 hours or professional learning. At least 3 credits (45 hours) need to be in your certification field (math, science, etc.), while the remaining can be in other educational areas. If you hold multiple endorsements, you will need to have 3 credits/45 hours in those fields as well. Documentation needs to be uploaded into ALiS, the online licensing system, and you have to click the core teaching standards the workshop/class addresses. If you have not registered, you can do so here. All educators are encouraged to do this, since you can upload verification anytime.
Self-Assessment on the InTASC Progressions.The InTASC Learning Progressions is a resource for ongoing teacher development, which describe the increasing complexity and sophistication of teaching practice for each of ten core standards across three developmental levels. To renew, educators will need to complete a self-assessment, which is on paper, and sign a verification form stating you did this. The self-assessment is confidential and educators do not need to show it to anyone. Again, just fill out the verification form and give it to your LSB rep.
New licenses will be good for five years. The requirements to renew this license will include documenting 6 credits/90 hours of professional learning and completing the Learning Progressions self-assessment verification form. Note that the cost of the license will be proportionately less since it is good for only 5 years.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Juliette Longchamp (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope this streamlined process will be less stressful and more meaningful to Vermont Educators.
Each Vermont School is part of a Local Standards Board. These boards verify the requirements for renewal for teachers in their districts. Teachers should contact their Local Standards Board Representative (LSBs). LSBs have received training on the new renewal process and will have the most up-to-date information.
Educators may register for aLis here. When you register, make sure you first fill in your employment details so your information will be linked to your LSB and school district. If you register, it is important to make sure the information the agency has under your name is accurate. If it is not, contact the licensing office at the Agency.
The Agency Website has all the specific details regarding licensing. One word of caution.....the Agency is a very busy place and one should plan several months in advance to add endorsements and have transcripts reviewed. Questions can always be directed to the State Licensing Office, or one can contact Juliette Longchamp at Vermont-NEA at email@example.com.
Effective September 1, 2015, teachers who hold a current professional license from outside of Vermont will be given a Level I (3 year) license in the endorsement area delineated on their out-of-state license or a comparable VT endorsement. The process can be found here. See the states that have reciprocity here.
Are you currently pursuing initial licensure or adding and endorsement through the Peer Review Alternative Certification Route? This course supports and guides teachers pursuing initial licensure or adding endorsements to their Vermont teaching license. Participants need to be in a school setting, for student teaching will not be arranged through this course. As part of this course, participants examine the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (Vermont Core Teaching Standards) and content endorsement standards and develop an electronic portfolio demonstrating their competency on each standard through the collection of artifacts and a written commentary that describes, analyzes and reflects on the evidence. Vermont-NEA members taking this course will qualify for Vermont-NEA Scholarships to pay for the Peer Review Fee. Registration form here.