Teacher Endorsements

An endorsement is an official statement that identifies the specific subjects or grade level that an individual is authorized to teach. Upon successful completion of specific course work, teachers can be recommended by Saint Michael's to the State for additional endorsements to their initial license, including Special Education or Consulting Teacher, Director of Special Education, teaching English Language Learners, Reading/English Language Arts Specialist, and School Leadership.

For detailed information on endorsements for licensed teachers, or the courses needed for an endorsement not listed below, contact the Agency of Education for the State of Vermont at their web site or by calling 802-828-2445. If you do not currently hold a Vermont teacher’s license, visit our Teacher Licensure page.

Teacher Endorsements

For questions about the Graduate Education Programs, inquire online or contact:

Karen Abbott, Program Assistant
kabbott@smcvt.edu
802.654.2649

English Language Learner (ELL)

For students with a Vermont teaching license seeking to add an ELL Endorsement. The required courses with their corresponding course descriptions are listed in our Graduate Catalog, under ELL Endorsement for Licensed Teachers. These credits can be completed over three terms. If you need help with planning your course sequence, contact:

Dr. Elizabeth O'Dowd
Professor, Applied Linguistics Department
eodowd@smcvt.edu
802.654.2276

In consultation with an advisor, students select six courses (18 credits) in the areas of reading instruction and methods, reading assessment, language arts, and children's literature. The required courses with their corresponding coures descriptions are listed in our Graduate Catalog under Reading/English Language Arts Specialist Endorsement. For this endorsement, applicants must have three years of teaching experience. If you need help with planning your course sequence, contact:

Dr. Kristin Gehsmann
Assistant Professor of Education
kgehsmann@smcvt.edu
802.654.2412

For students seeking the Principal endorsement, you must have a Master's in Education degree and have three years of teaching experience. To obtain your endorsement, you must take seven courses (22 credits) at Saint Michael's.  The required courses with their corresponding course descriptions are listed in our Graduate Catalog under Principal Endorsement. If you need help with planning your course sequence, contact:

Dr. Brian O'Regan
School Leadership Coordinator
boregan@smcvt.edu
802.654.2362

In order to be eligible for your Special Educator Endorsement, you must have two years of teaching experience in your field. To obtain your endorsement, you must take ten courses (31 credits) at Saint Michael's. The required courses with their corresponding course descriptions are listed in our Graduate Catalog under Special Education Endorsement.  If you need help with planning your course sequence, contact:

Karen Donovan
Special Education Coordinator
kdonovan@smcvt.edu  
802.654.2826

While working on your Master’s in Education, you may choose to add an additional endorsement for Director of Special Education. To do so you must have 3 or more years of experience as a licensed special educator, speech language pathologist, school psychologist or counselor or reading coordinator/specialist. The required courses with their corresponding course descriptions are listed in our Graduate Catalog under Additional Endorsement for Director of Special Education.   If you need help planning your course sequence, contact:

Karen Donovan
Special Education Coordinator
kdonovan@smcvt.edu
802.654.2826

Consulting Teacher for Special Education

For students who are seeking an endorsement as a Consulting Teacher, you must already have a special educator license and have at least two years teaching experience. Students must also take an additional six courses or 19 credits to be recommended for the Consulting Teacher endorsement. The required courses with their corresponding course descriptions are listed in our Graduate Catalog under Consulting Teacher Endorsement.

If you need help with preparing to obtain this endorsement, feel free to contact:

Karen Donovan
Special Education Advisor
kdonovan@smcvt.edu  
802.654.2826

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