Vermont’s Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP) is joining Champlain College’s Online and Continuing Education Division this summer.
“In joining Champlain College,” states Scott Mosher, director of the TAP program, “our goal is to expand within Vermont and eventually other states. Delivering our seminars and workshops in Champlain’s online course system will certainly play a large role in our national growth.” Mosher notes that the program’s tuition of $10,900 is a large part of the appeal of the program, as is the fact that the apprenticeship is completed in eight months.
TAP was created in 2002 by the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union. Adults with a bachelor’s degree and significant work experience complete an eight-month apprenticeship to earn their teaching license. Over the past decade, 200 TAP-trained graduates have been working in Vermont schools.
Participants in the program are placed in middle and high schools around the state, usually close to their hometowns, working closely with teacher-mentors throughout their apprenticeship. They also attend seminars during the eight-month program to develop teaching skills and build their portfolio of work to meet the requirements for licensure from the Vermont Agency of Education. TAP is accredited by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators and the Vermont Agency of Education.
“Making the decision to teach…changed my life. TAP was invaluable to my development…and gave me a strong understanding of educational theory and countless strategies that I continue to use to improve my craft as a teacher,” said Marianne Hunkin, TAP Class of 2013. Hunkin was recently hired as a full-time social studies teacher at Enosburg High School.
Jayson Boyers, executive director of Champlain’s Online & Continuing Education Division, agrees. “The TAP program aligns perfectly with Champlain’s professional education focus. It addresses the unique challenges adults face in continuing their education and juggling busy lives.”
To learn more about the TAP program, and how to get started, call (802) 238-9637 or visit www.tapvt.org.