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Teacher Licensure

Teacher Licensure

Goddard College's MA in Education Program Licensure Degree Option is approved by the Vermont Agency of Education to offer Vermont teacher licensure in the following endorsement areas:

  • Art Education (Grades PK-6, Grades 7-12
, Grades PK-12
  • Early Childhood Education
 (Birth-Age 6, Ages 6-8, Birth-Age 8)
Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
  • Middle Grades (Grades 5-9, English, Science
 and/or History/Social Studies
  • Secondary English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)
Secondary Science (Grades 7-12)
  • Secondary Social Studies: (grades 7-12)

A Vermont teacher license has reciprocity in many other states through the Interstate Certification Compact (Reciprocity Agreement).

The Licensure Degree Option is only available by enrolling in the Education Program at Goddard's Plainfield, VT campus.  Students enrolling in the Education Program through the College's Seattle, WA site cannot pursue licensure.

Students graduating from the MFA in Creative Writing Program, the MA in Psychology & Counseling Program, or other Goddard programs may extend their studies to include teacher or counseling licensure. Such a student should apply through the Admissions Office (there is no application fee) and notify the Academic Services Office of their intent to continue post graduation studies as a licensure candidate.


The overarching principles of Goddard’s Education program: Personal Development, Interpersonal Competence, and Social Responsibility are embedded within the Licensure degree option. Students seeking teacher licensure apply these principles through processes of inquiry, action, and reflection while constructing learning for themselves and others. They combine progressive education studies with specific endorsement area criteria to complete the requirements of the the MA in Education Licensure degree option and Vermont’s Initial Teacher Licensure.

Goddard’s Licensure option, in compliance with state requirements, is competency-based. Students interested in becoming licensed teachers plan, with the help of their advisor, a sequence of studies, field experience, internships, and other learning activities in order to acquire the competencies required of beginning teachers. Students complete a pre-student teaching portfolio to demonstrate their readiness to begin a full, one-semester teaching practicum, and complete a final, outcomes-based portfolio demonstrating their successful mastering of rigorous state and program competencies. 


The Vermont Agency of Education uses a unique competency-based portfolio system to award the Initial Teacher License credential. This competency-based system allows the Education Program to design the Licensure Option to balance a  strong student-centered philosophy with the necessities of meeting specific state requirements for licensure. Goddard currently offers licensure in seven different areas for graduate students. Specialized faculty help students design and develop individualized study plans that integrate personal and professional needs to complete an MA degree and requirements for teacher licensure.

To receive initial licensure through Vermont, licensure candidates must meet all of the pre-student teaching, student teaching, and portfolio requirements, as well as any other Vermont Department of Education requirements including required Praxis I and II examinations.  The state of Vermont requires teacher licensure candidates to have a liberal arts degree with a “B” or better average and 30 semester hours in a major.

Prospective students will find complete licensure requirements in the Goddard Teacher Education Handbook and the Licensure Endorsement Handbook, which can be obtained through the Goddard College Admissions Office.