Teacher Licensure and Early Childhood Endorsements Scholarship Options

This Licensure/Endorsement scholarship model, for family child care providers, center teachers, and directors, offers scholarship funds to take courses toward an endorsement in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education through the Vermont Agency of Education’s Higher Education Collaborative with coursework at Northern Vermont University OR to complete the Peer Review process through the Vermont Agency of Education or Champlain College.

It is a partnership between the scholarship recipient, the sponsoring center (if applicable) and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT that enables providers to improve their skills, receive a financial reward and
continue the availability of quality child care in local communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Any family child care provider, center teacher, or director who holds a BA and whose program is licensed (or registered if you are a family child care provider) with the Vermont Child Development Division is eligible. Scholarships are awarded on the commitment to the Early Childhood Education field, as shown through information provided on the application.

A financial bonus of $250 is awarded upon completion of the required 3-9 credits of coursework within the contract year or attainment of a teaching license.

Scholarships can be extended for another year as long as funds are available, and as long as the recipient and early childhood education program continues to be eligible, T.E.A.C.H. will award scholarship contract renewals so the family child care provider, center teacher, or director can continue taking courses.

Licensure Scholarship Support Received and Commitment Made

Center Teacher

Support

The scholarship covers 80% of the cost of tuition and 90% of the cost of books. It also allows the teacher to have release-time each week. The teacher’s director/administrator will provide up 3 hours per week of release time. T.E.A.C.H. provides an access stipend each term, a $250 bonus upon completion of the scholarship contract, and reimburses the center for release time hours. T.E.A.C.H. staff provide counseling and administrative support for the program.

For those going through the Peer Review process, the scholarship will cover 80% of the application fees.

Commitment

The teacher must contribute 10% of the cost of tuition and 10% of the cost of books. The teacher must complete 3-9 credits through the Vermont Agency of Education’s Higher Education Collaborative with coursework at Northern Vermont University in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education, Champlain College’s Portfolio Development course and/or the peer review process during the one-year scholarship contract. The teacher must continue employment with the sponsoring center for one year after completing the course requirements or Peer Review process.

Director

Support

The scholarship covers 80% of the cost of tuition and 90% of the cost of books. An access stipend is also provided each term while taking classes and a $250 bonus upon completion of the scholarship contract. T.E.A.C.H. staff provide counseling and administrative support for the program.

For those going through the Peer Review process, the scholarship will cover 80% of the Peer Review
fees.

Commitment

The director must contribute up to 10% of the cost of tuition/Peer Review fee (20% if you are a director/owner) and 10% of the cost of books. The director must successfully complete 3-9 credits through the Vermont Agency of Education’s Higher Education Collaborative with coursework at Northern Vermont University in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education, Champlain College’s Portfolio Development course and/or complete the peer review process during the one-year scholarship contract. The director must continue employment with the sponsoring center for one year after completing the course requirements or Peer Review process.

Family Child Care Provider

Support

The scholarship covers 80% of the cost of tuition and 90% of the cost of books. An access stipend is provided for each term and a $250 bonus upon completion of the scholarship contract. It also offers the provider a stipend for the cost of having a substitute for release-time each week. The provider can use this to have a substitute coverage to study, attend class or meet personal needs. T.E.A.C.H. staff provide counseling and administrative support for the program.

For those going through the Peer Review process, the scholarship will cover 80% of the Peer Review fees.

Commitment

The provider must contribute 20% of the cost of tuition and 10% of the cost of books. The provider must complete 3-9 credits through the Vermont Agency of Education’s Higher Education Collaborative with coursework at Northern Vermont University in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education, Champlain College’s Portfolio Development course and/or the peer review process during the one-year scholarship contract, and continue to operate the family child care home for one year after completing the course requirements or Peer Review process.

Licensure Scholarship Model Options

1. Early Childhood Education and the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative

The Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VT-HEC-EC/ECSE) program is a multi-tiered set of programs providing a pathway to educator licensure.

Tier 1 Program
EC or ECSE Endorsement Designed for educators who currently possess or who are eligible for a Vermont educator license. Programs include courses needed to fulfill licensure competencies enabling the educator to add an ECE (18 credits) or ECSE (21 credits) endorsement. These EC/ECSE courses are graduate level courses

Tier 2 Program
EC or ECSE Initial License for educators who have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a related field EC/ECSE programs are 21-30 credits; the specific number of courses will be based on the individual’s professional and academic background. Participants in the Tier 2 programs take the same courses as Tier 1; however in order for Tier 2 candidates to meet Vermont’s requirements for initial licensure, they must also complete a supervised student teaching experience and a licensure portfolio.

Vermont Higher Education Collaborative Scholarship Options

Family Child Care – VHEC Level Coursework
VTAEYC HEC FCCP
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Tuition: 80%
Books: 90%
Access Stipend
Release Time Reimbursement
Recipient Provides Tuition: 20%
Books: 10%
Education Requirement 3-9 Master Level College Credits
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $250 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year In/Operating Family Child Care
Center and Preschool Teacher Options – VHEC Level Coursework
VTAEYC HEC CS
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Tuition: 80%
Books: 90%
Access Stipend
Release Time Reimbursement
Recipient Provides Tuition: 10%
Books: 10%
Employer Provides Tuition: 10%
Books: 0%
Release Time (PTO)
Bonus Suggested
Education Requirement 3-9 Master Level College Credits
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $250 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year at Sponsoring Program
Director Options – VHEC Level Coursework
VTAEYC HEC D VTAEYC HEC DO (director owner)
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Tuition: 80%
Books: 90%
Access Stipend
Recipient Provides Tuition: 10%
Books: 10%
Tuition: 20%
Books: 10%
Employer Provides Tuition: 10%
Books: 0%
Bonus Suggested
Bonus Suggested
Education Requirement 3-9 Master Level College Credits
Compensation (T.E.AC.H.) $250 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year at Sponsoring Program

2. Vermont Agency of Education Peer Review Submission Program

For those who feel comfortable creating their portfolio by themselves:

Vermont offers an “alternate route to licensure” for those who have not completed a traditional educator preparation program at a college or university. Vermont’s alternate route is  License by Evaluation or “Peer Review.” Every Peer Review candidate completes a portfolio, which  is reviewed by experienced teachers culminating in an interview.

Requirements:

  • A candidate must hold a B.A./ B.S./ B.F.A. Official transcripts may be sent to AOE.Transcripts@vermont.gov.
  • All Praxis Core (or alternate test scores) and Praxis II (if applicable to endorsement sought) successfully passed and scores submitted to Agency of Education.
  • A current resume – please include relevant teaching experience.
  • Attend a peer review clinic. Clinic attendees will receive a certificate of attendance to submit with their completed portfolios.

For more information about the program, please visit the Vermont Agency of Education here.

Vermont Agency of Education Peer Review Scholarship Options

Family Child Care – Peer Review
VTAEYC PR FCCP
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Portfolio Submission Fee: 80%
Release Time Reimbursement
Recipient Provides Portfolio Submission Fee: 20%
Education Requirement Complete Peer View Process: Obtain Teacher License and/or Endorsement
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $250 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year In/Operating Family Child Care
Center and Preschool Teacher Options – Peer Review
VTAEYC PR CS
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Portfolio Submission Fee: 80%
Release Time Reimbursement
Recipient Provides Portfolio Submission Fee: 10%
Employer Provides Portfolio Submission Fee: 10%
Release Time (PTO)
Bonus Suggested
Education Requirement Complete Peer View Process: Obtain Teacher License and/or Endorsement
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $250 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year at Sponsoring Program
Director Options – Peer Review
VTAEYC PR D VTAEYC PR DO (director owner)
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Portfolio Submission Fee: 80%
Recipient Provides Portfolio Submission Fee: 10% Portfolio Submission Fee: 20%
Employer Provides Portfolio Submission Fee: 10%
Bonus Suggested
Bonus Suggested
Education Requirement Complete Peer View Process: Obtain Teacher License and/or Endorsement
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $250 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year at Sponsoring Program

3. Champlain College Portfolio Reflection Course for Peer Review

For those who are interested in receiving guidance and support while creating their portfolio:

Students who are seeking Vermont Licensure will develop a reflective professional portfolio following the guidelines for the Vermont Licensure Portfolio. This portfolio serves as a tool to collect, select, reflect and synthesize the students’ teaching experiences and college-level knowledge through mentoring and peer interaction. The students provide evidence and analyze their proficiency for each of the ten Vermont Core Teaching Standards and and reflect on the Early Childhood Endorsement area. The portfolio supports the application for Early Childhood Initial Licensure in the state of Vermont.

Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Testing requirements complete
  • 3 years of experience in the field of Early Education or Early Childhood Special Education

For more information, please visit Champlain College here.

Champlain College Portfolio Reflection Course for Peer Review Scholarship Options

Family Child Care – Champlain College Peer Review
CHAMP PR FCCP
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Tuition: 80%                                                                        Portfolio Submission Fee: 80%
Books: 90%
Access Stipend
Release Time Reimbursement
Recipient Provides Tuition: 20%                                                                        Portfolio Submission Fee: 20%
Books: 10%
Education Requirement 2-3 Master Level College Credits AND Complete Peer View Process: Obtain Teacher License and/or Endorsement
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $250 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year Operating Program
Center and Preschool Teacher Options – Champlain College Peer Review
CHAMP PR CS
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Tuition: 80%                                                                            Portfolio Submission Fee: 80%
Books: 90%
Access Stipend
Release Time Reimbursement
Recipient Provides Tuition: 10%                                                                            Portfolio Submission Fee: 10%
Books: 10%
Employer Provides Tuition: 10%                                                                            Portfolio Submission Fee: 10%
Books: 0%
Release Time (PTO)
Bonus Suggested
Education Requirement 2-3 Master Level College Credits AND Complete Peer View Process: Obtain teacher license and/or endorsement
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $250 bonus
Commitment Additional year at sponsoring program
Director Option – Champlain College Peer Review
 

 

CHAMP PR D CHAMP PR DO (director owner)
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Tuition: 80%                                                                                                Portfolio Submission Fee: 80%
Books: 90%
Access Stipend
Recipient Provides Tuition: 10%                                Portfolio Submission Fee: 10%
Books: 10%
Tuition: 20%                                          Portfolio Submission Fee: 20%
Books: 10%
Employer Provides Tuition: 10%                                Portfolio Submission Fee: 10%
Books: 0%
Bonus Suggested
Bonus Suggested
Education Requirement 2-3 Master Level College Credits AND Complete Peer View Process: Obtain Teacher License and/or Endorsement
Compensation (T.E.AC.H.) $250 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year at Sponsoring Program

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