In order to teach in Vermont's public schools, MATESOL students must concurrently pursue the ESL (English as a Second Language) Initial Teacher Licensure Program, which is administered by the Graduate Education Programs. The Licensure Program prepares students to teach ESL in public schools in Vermont at all levels. You may choose to pursue a license for Pre-K through Grade 6, Grades 7-12, or Pre-K through Grade 12.
A critical component of the Licensure Program is Practicum - performing student teaching in a local public school. Burlington's area schools provide a wide array of opportunities to teach ESL, with its high population of resettled families from all over the world.
In addition to student teaching, the Licensure Program requires the submission of a Portfolio. Students will work closely with their advisors to ensure that their portfolios adequately demonstrate their knowledge, skills and experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Acceptance to the MATESOL degree program does not automatically ensure acceptance to the ESL Initial Teacher Licensure Program. You should apply to both the MATESOL degree program and the Graduate Education ESL Licensure Program concurrently. After acceptance to the MATESOL program, you will be contacted by an advisor from Graduate Education to set up an interview.
Want to know more?
For questions about the ESL Licensure Program, contact:
Dr. Anne Judson