Chair: Associate Professor Jonathan Silverman
Professors: Aostre Johnson, Mary Beth Doyle, Valerie Bang-Jensen
Associate Professors: Claudine Bedell, Kristin Gehsmann, James Nagle, John Tapper
Instructors: Amy Knight, Jenny Stearns, Becky Wigglesworth
The Education Department welcomes students who have the passion to teach and make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Students can major in Art Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. Student who successfully complete one of these programs are recommended for licensure by the Vermont Agency of Education. This licensure is accepted by many other states which have reciprocal agreements with Vermont. In addition, the Education Department offers an Education Minor for students who wish to gain knowledge and skills to apply a liberal studies experience to real-world situations.
In order to be eligible for a teaching license in art education (PK-12, PK-6, or 7-12), elementary (K-6), middle level (5-9), or secondary (7-12) licensure as a teacher, a student must complete a major in one of the liberal arts or sciences at Saint Michael’s College. Teacher education courses are taken simultaneously with courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Typically, a student completes the major and teacher licensure requirements in a four-year span. Students who wish to be licensed at the middle level or secondary level may do so in one of the following academic areas: English, Social Studies, French, Spanish, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Science.
All programs are characterized by expectations of high commitment to academic performance, care for children and adolescents, and collaboration with our partner schools. All Education majors are required to have an overall 3.0 average, a 3.0 average in their liberal arts major, and a 3.0 average in required education courses when applying for student teaching and at graduation. In addition, all students must pass Praxis I and Praxis II before student teaching. When planning their program, students need to consult the Saint Michael’s College Guide to Teacher Education Licensure Programs which include other licensure requirements such as the licensure portfolio.
To be recommended for licensure, students must successfully complete our programs by meeting all GPA, course, portfolio, and testing requirements.