Alternative Licensure Program (Peer Review)

OVERVIEW
   
  Most individuals wishing to become licensed as teachers or administrators have graduated from state approved preparation programs and received a recommendation for licensure from their institution. Vermont has created an "alternative route to licensure" for those who wish to become licensed educators but have not completed a traditional educator preparation program at a college or university. Vermont's alternate route is called License by Evaluation or "Peer Review."

Peer Review is for individuals who have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to meet the Core Teaching Standards for Vermont Educators and the competencies and requirements for the endorsements they seek through coursework and experiences, rather than through a preparation program.

NOTE: Peer Review is NOT an alternate preparation program. Acceptance into the Peer Review process requires a baccalaureate degree.
   
PEER REVIEW INFORMATION & RESOURCES
   
  Peer Review Application Form
   
  Professional Attributes and Dispositions Verification
   
 

Vermont's Alternative Licensure Program: Peer Review - Handbook for Applicants
This handbook is designed to provide the prospective Peer Review applicant with the information needed to:

  • Understand what the Peer Review process entails and know what the expectations are,
  • Determine if this route is the most appropriate pathway to licensure for him or her,
  • Gain a better understanding of how to prepare a professional portfolio that clearly and accurately reflects his or her knowledge, skills, and dispositions,
  • Know about the criteria the Peer Review panel uses and the process it undertakes in evaluating the applicant for licensure or additional endorsement, and
  • Understand how to proceed after the panel has made its recommendation.
   
  Peer Review Overview/Fact Sheet
This document provides a brief overview of the four stages of the Peer Review process and associated fees, including links to all necessary additional documents.
   
  Core Teaching Standards for Vermont Educators
   
 

Endorsement Competencies and Requirements
Supplement A (5440) to the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) Manual of Rules provides a list and description of all recognized endorsement areas. Use this link to view a list of endorsement areas with links to authorization statements and competency requirements in the appropriate section of the supplement.

   
 

Clinics for Peer Review Candidates
The department offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios. Questions will be answered and exemplary portfolios will be available for candidates to view. Clinic attendance is required and candidates should register by contacting Pamela Miller, Peer Review Consultant, at pamela.miller@state.vt.us.

Peer Review Clinic dates can be found on our calendar of events page.

Looking for More Information?

Please contact David Hough at david.hough@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1715.

Page Last Updated on March 21, 2014