Teacher Licensure

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Overview

The Union Institute & University Teacher Licensure program has two options: undergraduate and post baccalaureate. In both options, Union Institute & University offers a unique way to help you earn your license through a flexible combination of brief weekend residencies and online seminars. The licensure program at Union Institute & University is designed to match the professional interests and career goals of aspiring teachers with a learning schedule that fits busy lives. Each term, students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor and a small study group with similar interests. A student's previously earned bachelor's degree will determine the area of endorsement (see chart below).

 

Endorsements

Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Arts program is approved by the Vermont Department of Education to prepare teachers for licensure in the following endorsement areas:

  • Early Childhood Education (pre-K-3)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Secondary English (7-12)
  • Secondary Social Studies (7-12)
  • Art Education (K-12)

Where Can I Use My Vermont Teaching License? - Reciprocal Agreements

Students who successfully complete the Teacher Licensure program will receive a Vermont license to teach. Students are encouraged to review reciprocity requirements on their state's Department of Education website. Vermont has active reciprocal agreements with a majority of the 50 states. 

Requirements

To pursue the teacher licensure option the following requirements must be met:

  • Overall average of B or better and a B average in major field (2.7 GPA).
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Passing scores on Praxis Series. All students must submit Praxis I: Skill Assessment scores. For students pursuing licensure in Elementary Education or secondary areas of English, mathematics, science, or social studies, Praxis II: Subject Assessments must also be submitted.

Undergraduate

Candidates for Teacher Licensure must complete a concentration within the Liberal Studies major along with their education requirements. For secondary endorsements (Art, English, and Social Studies), the concentration must be in a discipline relevant to the endorsement. For early childhood or elementary education, the concentration may be in any area of concentration with the exception of Education. Students pursuing Elementary or Early Childhood endorsements have typically completed the Psychology and Human Development concentration

Post Baccalaureate

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in the liberal arts and sciences are eligible to earn Teacher Licensure via UI&U's Post Baccalaureate program. The Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure program at UI&U is designed to match the professional interests and career goals of aspiring teachers with a learning schedule that fits busy lives. If seeking a license at the secondary level (Art, English, or Social Studies) students must have completed a major in the appropriate area of study. In some cases, additional coursework may be required to meet all the relevant endorsement criteria in secondary disciplines. Post Baccalaureate students must meet the same requirements regarding Praxis I and II as the undergraduate students.

Program Length

Teacher Licensure is a 42 credit program. A full-time student can complete the program in 18 months.

Delivery & Location

The Teacher Licensure program at UI&U is often referred to as a "hybrid" or "low-residency". This translates to college level credits earned via a combination of online coursework and face-to-face classroom time. Students will interact with their professors using online instruction tools throughout each academic term. Once a month, students will be required to travel to UI&U's Brattleboro, Vermont Academic Center to attend a weekend of classroom study.

Student Teaching

As a student teacher, you will observe and teach in one classroom or with one teacher at an approved site for at least 12 weeks, usually in the final term of your studies. Student teaching consists of one term (minimum of 12 weeks/60 days) of consecutively scheduled classroom time. Over this 12 week period students will gradually assume the full role and responsibilities of the classroom teacher. Usually at the end of the 12 week student teaching term student teachers complete a two-week solo teaching requirement.

As part of student teaching, you must complete the six entries that are required by Vermont’s Level I Teaching Licensure Portfolio. In addition, you will participate in the Brattleboro monthly residency requirements.

Field Experience

Students are required by the State of Vermont to complete 90 hours of supervised field experience prior to student teaching. We have divided this into 30 hours of observation and 60 hours of pre-practicum. Students with a significant amount of time as a school aide or volunteer, may receive partial credit from the Chair of Teacher Education. If that is the case, students will still need to complete a minimum of 60 new hours and document the time substituted for the remaining hours in a reflective essay.

Sample Schedule

Term 1 (September to December) – Independent study in Foundations of Education (including philosophy, learning theory, human development) one weekend a month in Vermont.
Term 2 (January to April) – Independent study in Curriculum (including classroom management, instructional design, working in diverse classrooms) one weekend a month in Vermont.
Term 3 (May to June or July to August) – 8-week seminar (face-to-face and online) in Literacy Development.
Term 4 (September through December) – Student teaching.

Note: Field experiences in various classrooms are also provided in Terms 1 and 2.

Teacher Licensure Concentrations Teacher Licensure Endorsements