Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 
    May 31, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education Licensure

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Satisfy the requirements of Gateway I

  • receive a positive recommendation encouraging continuation in the program
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • select education and liberal arts faculty advisors
  • identify a liberal arts major
  • make progress toward completion of the General Education program
  • pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test for Educators or meet the alternative requirements


Complete a Major and the General Education requirements

Students seeking Elementary Licensure have three options when selecting a major:

  1. Major in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS ).

  2. Select a major in either literature, history, mathematics, or the sciences.  Students selecting this option must:

  3. Select any Liberal Arts major as allowed by the Vermont State Board of Education, if passing scores are received on Praxis II prior to the selection of the major.

Complete a minimum of 5 Pedagogy Lab credits

Pedagogy labs are courses of varied credits that are often connected to selected liberal arts courses. The labs provide prospective teachers with a series of opportunities to develop pedagogical content knowledge expected of exemplary teachers. Students seeking Elementary Licensure must complete one Pedagogy Lab course each in science, History, Geography, English, and the fine arts.

Satisfy the requirements of Gateway II

  • pass the first portion of the electronic portfolio
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in education, including a 3.0 in their major and a 3.0 in their Pedagogy Labs
  • pass Praxis II for elementary education
  • receive a recommendation from members of their education and major faculty team to continue in the teacher education program


Complete Inquiry II

To be recommended for licensure the student must:

  1. Complete all university and departmental course requirements.
  2. Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test for Educators and Praxis II examinations.
  3. Exemplify in conduct and attitude the maturity, judgment, ethical standards, and dedication expected in the teaching profession.
  4. Receive a grade of "B" or better in EDU 4871, EDU 4872 and a "Pass" in EDU 4720.
  5. Complete all coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in Education courses. 

Special Education Endorsement

Students seeking Elementary Licensure may also add an Endorsement in Special Education by taking four extra courses that provide expertise on teaching students with disabilities.  (Click here for details.)   (Note that the four courses can be woven through the eight semesters of undergraduate coursework but may require students to take an additional semester to finish.)

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