State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Vermont

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Vermont has adopted the 2015 PSEL standards. Source
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Administrator preparation programs must align with the Vermont Core Leadership Standards. Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13:5923
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. Administrator preparation programs must provide high quality field experience. Candidates prepared for an Administrative Endorsement are required to complete a minimum of 300 hours of supervised, substantive field experience in two or more types of school settings. State policy provides additional requirements. Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13:5923
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for an Administrative Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree
  • Demonstrate competence in the Vermont Core Leadership Standards
  • Complete an administrative internship consisting of a minimum of 300 hours of supervised, substantive field experience in two or more types of school settings.

Additional qualifications required for a Principal Endorsement:
  • Have at least three years of P-12 teaching experience
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and application of school law, state regulations and school board process to develop policies
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by a NASDTEC member state must also meet education and other ancillary requirements.

An out-of-state applicant who holds a valid, comparable certificate issued by a non-NASDTEC member state must be evaluated by the standards board through a transcript review.
Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13:5320
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? A candidate who holds a master's degree or higher may be eligible for certification by completing an alternate preparation process approved by the standards board. 7-1 Vt. Code R. § 13:5330

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