Continuing a more than 200 year old tradition, Castleton prepares teachers within a supportive community developed for the future as well as the present.
Castleton's Education Program promotes four central tenets: inquiry and critical thinking, praxis between theory and practice, reflective and research-based methodology, as well as collaboration and social justice. We believe these pillars support future teachers in the public sector as educational advocates in both local communities and the world at large.
Courses in Secondary Education Licensure Program focus on understanding the world of teaching and learning and developing the skills necessary to enter that world successfully. Opportunities to engage in the field occur early in the students' educational career and continue throughout the program. In early courses, students gain an understanding of pedagogical theory and practice. The later part of the program is devoted to honing pedagogical content knowledge through extended opportunities in schools. The final semester is devoted to a full-time student teaching experience. Along the way, civic engagement initiatives keep prospective teachers connected in authentic ways. Throughout the program, students capture their learning in an electronic Portfolio that allows them to record and assess their progress toward the goal of achieving teacher licensure.
Secondary Licensure students will choose a liberal arts major among the following: Art Education, English /World Literature, English/American Literature, History, Mathematics Secondary Education, Social Studies, or Spanish Language & Literature. In the sciences, students may select Biology, Chemistry, Ecological Studies, Environmental Science, or Geology.
COMPLETE 41 CREDITS OF COURSE WORK:
-Complete the following courses (35 cr):
-And complete 6 credits of electives from the following courses:
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.
- 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.
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.)