Additional 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, Principal, Director of Curriculum, Director of Special Education, teaching English Language Learners or Reading/English Language Arts Specialist.

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 website or by calling 802-828-2445. If you do not currently hold a Vermont teacher’s license, visit our Master of Arts in Teaching Licensure page.

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:

Cathy Quinn
cquinn@smcvt.edu
School Leadership Inquiries
802.654.2362

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 School Leadership, Additional Endorsement for Director of Special Education. If you need help planning your course sequence, contact:

Cathy Quinn
cquinn@smcvt.edu
802.654.2362
School Leadership/Director of Curriculum Inquiries

While working on your Master’s in Education or CAGS, you may choose to add an additional endorsement for Director of Curriculum (a Master’s in Education Degree is required for the endorsement).  The intent of this endorsement is to promote and support curriculum coordination at the district and/or supervisory union level. Educators possessing this endorsement are authorized by the AOE to coordinate the curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning activities of a school district or supervisory union.

Cathy Quinn
cquinn@smcvt.edu
802.654.2362
School Leadership/Director of Curriculum Inquiries

Special Educator

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:

Amy Knight
Special Education Coordinator
aknight@smcvt.edu

Consulting Teacher

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:

Amy Knight
Special Education Advisor
aknight@smcvt.edu
802.654.2716

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 courses 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:

Professor Becky Wigglesworth
bwigglesworth@smcvt.edu
802.654.2495

Dozens of languages other than English are now spoken in the homes of many of Vermont’s school children.  ELL teachers provide the bridge for learning for these students.

The English Language Learners Licensure Program is available in conjunction with the Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and prepares successful candidates to teach ELL in Vermont public schools in Grades pre-kindergarten through sixth, seventh through twelfth, or pre-kindergarten through twelfth.  Advisors are assigned in both programs.

Students need to apply to both the TESOL Program (for the Master’s) and the Graduate Education Program (for licensure).

There are 14 required courses for a total of 46 credits that you will need to take for the combination TESOL and  ELL PK-12 Initial Licensure Programs. These courses, with their corresponding course descriptions, are listed in our Graduate Catalog under Licensure: English to Speakers of Other Languages. There is a recommended sequence for these courses.

For other TESOL programs, contact:

Michelle Clark, MATESOL
tesol@smcvt.edu
802.654.2301

Amy Saks Pavese, ELL Advisor
asakspavese@smcvt.edu
802.654.2826