Licensure & Endorsements
Licensure and Endorsement may be granted in the following areas:
Core Academic Skills Test for Educators and Praxis Subject Assessments
Note: Students who took the SAT after March 1, 2016, and have earned a minimum SAT Reading score of 480 and a minimum SAT Math score of 470 AND a combined score of 1100 or higher would be exempt from taking the Core Academic Skills test. Students who took the SAT before March 1, 2016, should refer to the State of Vermont's guidelines for exemption. If a student has earned an English score of 18 or higher and a Math score of 18 or higher on the ACT tests the student would be exempt from taking the Core Academic Skills test. In order to be exempt, you must provide a copy of your SAT or ACT scores to the Education Department.
The Praxis is a two-part standardized test administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that all Castleton education students need to pass prior to being recommended for licensure to the Vermont Agency of Education.
The Core Academic Skills Test for Educators measures academic skills in the following areas; reading, writing, and mathematics. The Core Academic Skills Test for Educators can be passed by receiving a passing score on each of the tests – 156 or higher in reading, a 162 or higher in writing and a 146 or higher in mathematics.
The Praxis Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects in your endorsement area. For example, if you are an Elementary Education (Multidisciplinary Studies) student you will be required to take the Praxis Subject Assessment test; Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects. A Secondary Mathematics student will be required to take the Praxis Subject Assessment test; Mathematics. The required scores for the Praxis Subject Assessment vary depending on which test is taken.
You can register online by visiting ets.org/praxis. You will be given a list of various tests, please choose appropriately. You may want to consult with your advisor before registering for a test as it is very difficult to receive a refund from ETS.
The Vermont Standards website will provide relevant information regarding the Vermont standards and requirements as well as additional information that you will find useful. The main page for Praxis is found on the Educational Testing Services site. Go approximately halfway down the page and select Praxis.