In order to teach in Vermont's public schools, MATESOL students must concurrently pursue the ELL (English Language Learners) Initial Teacher Licensure Program, which is administered by the Graduate Education Program. The Licensure Program prepares students to teach ELL in public schools in Vermont at all levels. You may choose to pursue a license for PK-Grade 6, Grades 7-12, or PK-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 ELL, 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 language learners.
Acceptance to the Master in TESOL degree program does not automatically ensure acceptance to the ELL Initial Teacher Licensure Program. You should apply to both the MATESOL degree program and the Graduate Education ELL Licensure Program concurrently. After acceptance to the Master in TESOL program, you will be contacted by an advisor from Graduate Education to set up an interview.