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The BS in Education is designed to lead to recommendation for licensure for students who complete the program. The BS in Education requires all students to have a double major. Those choosing elementary education may major in mathematics or any of the Liberal arts and science areas that are offered at Norwich University. Those who choose secondary education must major in Mathematics.
Successful completion of this major demands a high degree of commitment on the student’s part. In some instances, this may require an extra semester. However, if the double major is started in a student’s freshman year, requirements for both degrees can be completed in four years. All education majors are required to have an overall GPA of 3.0 in both majors before being placed in Student Teaching and before graduation. In addition, all education majors are required to take the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators test & the PRAXIS II Content Tests. All students are required to take the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators test before the end of their sophomore year or 60 credits. All students are required to take the PRAXIS II Content Tests in the spring of their junior year before their completion of 90 credits. Both PRAXIS tests are to be passed with results received by the Director of Education Teacher Licensure prior to placement in Student Teaching. Other licensure requirements, such as the licensure portfolio, are articulated in the Education Teacher Licensure Student Handbook. Education Teacher Licensure has a reciprocity agreement with 50 states of the United States. This allows you to teach in other states with your Vermont Teacher License up to two years. More information on our reciprocity agreement can be found in the Education Teacher Licensure Student Handbook. Students are encouraged to do a semester of study abroad. Opportunities are also available to do service learning education projects abroad and in inner city schools.
The BS in Education Teacher Licensure requires 120 credits for Education Elementary track and Education Secondary track Mathematics
Real-world classroom experience and excellent instruction combine to give aspiring teachers the skills to meet Vermont state licensure requirements and become highly effective educators.
With our elementary and secondary licensure tracks, an Education major provides choice and flexibility. You will be engaged in a variety of classroom experiences that begin in the fall of your sophomore year. An emphasis on inquiry-based learning with reflection and modeling places you with teachers who demonstrate best-teaching practices. Majors work closely with Education Department faculty who ensure placement with willing and engaging mentors.
Elementary education majors are required to earn a degree in another discipline. Psychology, mathematics, history, English, and science offer several examples. Secondary education majors are required to major in mathematics. Students may also choose to augment any degree with an education minor. However, this will not qualify them for teacher licensure in Vermont.
In addition, the Education program offers opportunities for international service learning and participation in the Teacher Education Club. This group provides opportunities for greater learning with lunch seminars, discussions of education, and the creation of a teaching community.
Students who wish to study education but are not interested in the full licensure program may pursue a minor degree specific to either elementary or secondary education. Both require the completion of six courses outlined in the curriculum. A minor in education can be used to further an interest in becoming a teacher at a later time, or to pursue employment in a preschool or public school as a paraeducator.
To view elementary or secondary education minor course offerings, requirements, and curriculum maps, please see the Norwich University academic course catalog: