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Teacher Licensure (BA)

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Teacher Licensure (BA)

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

  • Early Childhood (birth to age 6, k to grade 3 or both)
  • Elementary (k–6),
  • Art (prek-6, 7-12 or prek to 12)
  • Middle Grades (5–9)
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Social Studies
  • Secondary Science (graduate level only)
  • Guidance Counseling (k-12; graduate level only).

Candidates who successfully complete Goddard’s approved certification program receive an Initial Teacher Licensure through the State of Vermont. This licensure has reciprocity in most other states through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)'s interstate education certification/licensure agreement.

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


Applicants can transfer up to 75 credits into the Teacher Licensure program. When transfer credits have not met some of the pre-student teaching competencies, the undergraduate student will most likely complete their BA degree and return for a semester to complete student teaching requirement for licensure. Contact the Admissions Office or the Licensure Coordinator for a review of your status and for a preliminary transcript review.


Goddard’s licensure degree option, in concurrence with Vermont 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 the knowledge and readiness to begin a full, one-semester teaching practicum, and complete a final, outcomes-based portfolio demonstrating their successful mastering of rigorous state and Goddard competencies.

The recommended length of study for the licensure portion of a student’s program is three semesters, consisting of:

  • Two semesters to complete two pre-placement portfolios (pre-student teaching or pre-counseling internship) documenting successful completion of general and endorsement-area specific competencies, including practicum field experiences;
  • One semester of student teaching or counseling internship;
  • Completion of a final licensure portfolio documenting the field experience and additional competencies. 

Note: BA degree candidates seeking licensure are required to complete one additional semester, which includes the culminating final product (senior study).


To receive initial licensure through Vermont, you 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 (or SAT scores in lieu of Praxis I)  and Praxis II examinations. (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.) 

Basic Teacher Licensure Requirements include:

  • A majority of 40 credits of liberal arts requirements, as well as a chosen licensure endorsement area. 
  • A minimum of four semesters of full-time study for BA students
  • The State of Vermont requires teacher licensure candidates to have a liberal arts degree with a “B” or better average and 30 credits in a major.

Note: If you enter the Education Program with 75 credits, you may obtain your BA and then complete the licensure requirements in an extra semester after graduation.


  • Early childhood education (birth–5, 5–8, or birth–8): Liberal arts degree with a minimum of six credits in English, and three in each ,mathematics, science, and social studies.  
  • Elementary education: Liberal arts degree with six credits in English, and three each in mathematics, science, and social studies;    
  • Art (pk–6, 7–12, or pk–12): Liberal arts degree with 30 credits in art.    
  • Middle grades in English, Social Studies and/or Science: Liberal arts degree with 18 credits each in the  core content area of which 6 of these are upper division course work.    
  • Secondary English: Liberal arts degree with 30 credits in English in which 9 credits are in upper division course work.    
  • Secondary social studies: Liberal arts degree with 30 credits in social studies/history in which 9 credits are in upper division course work. Studies must include course work in American and World History, Economics, Cultural Geography, Citizenship/Government and Unity/Diversity/Interdependence.