Teaching Degrees in Vermont

Those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Vermont should know some important information, including:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Vermont teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Vermont.

Teaching Degrees in Vermont

There are four accredited teaching degree programs at Vermont institutions of higher education. A new teacher in Vermont can expect to earn $32,393; the overall average salary for teachers in the state is $42,335. Teachers with master’s degrees make up 30.3 percent of educators; these see salary increases of $2,010 per year over teachers with just a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Vermont

Among the various options for grants and scholarships in Vermont include:

Castleton Vermont State College
This is a portal page to the many scholarship opportunities offered to students pursuing an education degree through Castleton Vermont State College.

Johnson State College: Vermont: Doris U. Spencer Endowment
This endowment provides for scholarships that are awarded to undergraduates majoring in education who demonstrate academic excellence, supported by a high GPA. The award requires letters of reference and essays.

Middlebury College: Education Scholarships
Middlebury College is offering a Vermont Language Teacher Scholarships to students seeking a degree in secondary school language or education studies.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
This organization offers several scholarships, including a $500 scholarship are required to students seeking a degree in business or education.

Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program
The Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program is a non-profit loan cancellation program that supports students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds who want to enter the teaching profession.

Vermont Teacher Certification

A bachelor’s degree is required to obtain teaching certification in Vermont. Other certification requirements include:

  • Recommendation for licensure by an approved and accredited teacher preparation program which the applicant has completed
  • Criminal background checks and child abuse clearances
  • Successful completion of the Praxis II exams

Vermont offers an alternate License by Evaluation or Peer Review. To take this path, applicants apply to a review board, which determines whether the applicant meets the requirements for licensure based on the presented qualifications.

The New England Troops to Teachers program in Vermont can help armed forces veterans pursue a career as a teacher.

Important Note: Vermont accepts teaching certifications from other states through the Interstate Reciprocity Program.

There are two levels of certification for a Vermont teacher. For educators with a Level I certification, renewal requires 45 hours of professional development per endorsement within three years, 15 of which must be endorsement-specific. For Level II certifications, 135 hours are required over seven years per endorsement, 45 of which must be endorsement-specific.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Vermont

The following resources provide additional information relevant to obtaining a teaching degree in Vermont and maintaining this status.

Vermont Department of Education
The Vermont Department of Education has important and detailed information on licensing and certification renewal.

Vermont Department of Labor
The Vermont Labor Commission is an important source of information for the workforce in Vermont.

NEA Union of Vermont Teachers
This is the website for the Vermont branch of the National Education Association union, which advocates for and defends the rights of its members and seeks to improve educational standards throughout the state and nation.

Salary Information
This website provides salary information for teachers, administrators and staff in general across the state of Vermont.

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