AND SATISFY THE THREE GATEWAYS:
There are three Gateways required for successful completion of this program.
It is expected that students will complete Gateway 1 by the end of their second semester.
- Receive a positive recommendation encouraging continuation in the program;
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0;
- Select Education and liberal arts faculty advisors;
- Identify a liberal arts major, typically Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS);*
- Complete and submit the Change of Academic Program (CAP); and
- Make progress toward completion of the General Education Program.
In addition, students are strongly encouraged to pass Praxis I: Core Academic Skills Test for Educators. Students are responsible for completing Praxis exams on their own accord, as they are state requirements.
*Rather than the Multidisciplinary Studies major, students may choose to major in Art Education, Biology, Chemistry, Ecological Studies, English/Children's Literature, Environmental Science, Geology, History, Mathematics for Elementary Education, or Social Studies. However, in order to choose this alternative, students must pass Praxis I: Core Academic Skills Test for Education and Praxis II: The Subjects Assessment prior to declaring their major.
Prior to completing EDU 4031 Educational Collaborations, students will satisfy the requirements of Gateway II.
- Pass Part I of the electronic portfolio;
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0;
- Complete the Professional Dispositions Form, which addresses, through a student's conduct and attitude, the maturity, judgment, ethical standards, and dedication expected in the teaching profession; and
- Receive a recommendation from Education and liberal arts faculty to continue in the program.
In addition, students are strongly encouraged to Pass Praxis II: The Subjects Assessment. Students are responsible for completing Praxis exams on their own accord, as they are state requirements.
To be recommended for licensure to teach in Vermont the student must:
- Complete all University and departmental course requirements.
- Pass both the Core Academic Skills Test for Educators (Praxis I) and Praxis II examinations.
- Complete all coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Submit Licensure Portfolio and appropriate application materials for review by the Castleton Licensure Committee.
Students seeking Elementary Licensure may also add these Endorsements:
- Middle Grades Endorsement
This Endorsement is earned by taking four extra courses that provide expertise on teaching students in grades 5-9. (Click here for details.)
- Special Education Endorsement
This Endorsement is earned by taking four extra courses that provide expertise on teaching students with disabilities. (Click here for details.)
(Note that Endorsement courses can be woven through the four years of undergraduate coursework but may require students to take an additional semester or two to finish.)