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, Principal, Director of Curriculum, Director of Special Education, teaching English Language Learners or Specialized Literacy Professional.

Any student seeking a recommendation for an additional endorsement through Saint Michael’s College must be enrolled in either our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL), Master of Education (M.Ed.) or our post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.G.S.) program. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to the program prior to starting coursework. To be eligible to complete the endorsement practicum required for the recommendation, candidates must be admitted to and enrolled in the program at least two semesters prior to the start of their practicum.

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.

Students seeking the Principal endorsement, you must have a master’s degree in education and three or more years of PK-12 teaching experience as a licensed educator. Candidates who have not already earned a master’s degree may complete the endorsement requirements as part of our M.Ed. program with a concentration in School Leadership. Those who have earned a master’s degree may complete the endorsement requirements as part of our post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) program with a concentration in School Leadership. To be recommended for the endorsement, candidates will take seven courses (25 credits) at Saint Michael’s. Additional information on courses required for the endorsement is included in the Graduate Catalog on the M.Ed. School Leadership Concentration page or the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study School Leadership Concentration page. To plan your course sequence, please contact:

Cathy Quinn
cquinn@smcvt.edu
School Leadership Inquiries
802.654.2362

Students seeking the Director of Special Education endorsement, must have a master’s degree in education and three or more years of teaching experience as a licensed special educator, speech language pathologist, school psychologist or counselor, or reading coordinator/specialist. Candidates who have not already earned a master’s degree may complete the endorsement requirements as part of our M.Ed. program with a concentration in School Leadership. Those who have earned a master’s degree may complete the endorsement requirements as part of our post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) program with a concentration in School Leadership. To be recommended for the endorsement, candidates will take seven courses (25 credits) at Saint Michael’s. Additional information on courses required for the endorsement is included in the Graduate Catalog on the M.Ed. School Leadership Concentration page or the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study School Leadership Concentration page. To plan your course sequence, please contact:

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

Students seeking the Director of Curriculum endorsement, must have a master’s degree in education and three or more years of PK-12 teaching experience as a licensed educator. Candidates who have not already earned a master’s degree may complete the endorsement requirements as part of our M.Ed. program with a concentration in School Leadership. Those who have earned a master’s degree may complete the endorsement requirements as part of our post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) program with a concentration in School Leadership. The intent of this endorsement is to promote and support curriculum coordination at the district and/or supervisory union level. Educators who hold this endorsement are authorized by the Vermont Agency of Education to coordinate the curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning activities of a school district or supervisory union. To be recommended for the endorsement, candidates will take eight courses (28 credits) at Saint Michael’s. Additional information on courses required for the endorsement is included in the Graduate Catalog on the M.Ed. School Leadership Concentration page or the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study School Leadership Concentration page. To plan your course sequence, please contact:

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

Licensed teachers interested in earning an additional endorsement as a Special Educator may do so in-person through one of the following paths:

To be recommended for the endorsement, candidates will successfully complete nine courses (28 credits), including the practicum, which can be job-embedded. All courses are offered in the evening.

Note: With approval of the advisor, students may transfer up to nine graduate credits from another accredited institution for comparable coursework in which a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher was earned.

Required Coursework for the Special Education Additional Endorsement (28 credits)

For additional information, and to plan your course sequence, please contact:

Professor Katherine Lee
klee5@smcvt.edu
802.654.2361

Teachers interested in earning an additional endorsement as a Specialized Literacy Professional may do so through the M.Ed. program with a concentration in Literacy, or the post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) program with a concentration in Literacy. To be recommended for the endorsement, candidates must have three years of teaching experience and hold a master’s degree. The master’s degree can be completed as part of this program. The endorsement requires 21 credits in literacy-related coursework including GED 688D Specialized Literacy Professional Practicum, and 6 credits in curriculum and teacher development. The required courses with their corresponding courses descriptions are listed in our Graduate Catalog under Specialized Literacy Professional Endorsement.  To plan your course sequence, please contact:

Professor Soo Joung Kim
skim13@smcvt.edu
802.654.2279

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.

Licensed teachers interested in earning an additional endorsement in teaching English Language Learners, may do so through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) program (36 credits), or as a stand-alone Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners program (18 credits). All three programs prepare successful candidates to teach ELL in Vermont public schools in grades PK-12. To be eligible for the recommendation from Saint Michael’s College for the additional endorsement, candidates must be enrolled in one of these three programs.

The required courses, with their corresponding course descriptions, are listed in our Graduate Catalog under the Master of Arts in Teaching English Language Learners Additional Endorsement page, the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with PK-12 Endorsement for Licensed Teachers page, and the English Language Learner Additional Endorsement Certificate page.

For other TESOL programs, contact:

Professor Ben White, MATESOL Director
bwhite3@smcvt.edu
802.654.2605

Amy Saks Pavese, ELL Licensure & Endorsement Coordinator
asakspavese@smcvt.edu
802.654.2826