Peer Review - Alternative Route to Licensure

In response to COVID-19 a 90-day portfolio extension is being given to all Peer Review candidates with a portfolio deadline between now and June 30th, 2020.

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.

Acceptance into the Peer Review program requires:

  • A candidate must hold a B.A./ B.S./ B.F.A. Official transcripts may be sent to AOE.Transcripts@vermont.govIn response to COVID-19 Peer Review is temporarily accepting diplomas for acceptance into the program if transcripts are delayed. Diplomas must clearly indicate your name, major, degree awarded, and signature or seal of the appropriate institutional representativeOfficial Transcripts must be sent to the AOE before receiving a recommendation for licensure.
  • All Praxis Core (or alternate test scores) and Praxis II (if applicable to endorsement sought) successfully passed and scores submitted to Agency of Education.  Please see testing requirementsIn Response to COVID-19 Peer Review is temporarily waiving the Praxis Testing Requirements for acceptance into the program. All testing requirements must be met before receiving a recommendation for licensure. Failure to meet testing requirements may cause your application to be closed in the future.
  • A current resume - please include relevant teaching experience.

Peer Review Clinics

Attending a clinic is a requirement of the portfolio. Clinic attendees will receive a certificate of attendance to submit with their completed portfolios. Candidates may apply to Peer Review prior to attending a clinic. Space is limited.

2020 Clinic Dates

The following clinics will be held at National Life, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier

In Response to COVID-19 all future Peer Review Clinics are being placed on hold. Updates will be posted here once an online format is available. You do not need to attend a clinic before applying; please review the resources below before applying and email specific questions to

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Please be advised that application processing fees are non-refundable.


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Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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