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Driver Education Licensure Program Overview

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he Vermont Higher Education Collaborative has added the Driver Education Endorsement Program to its list of programs to allow Vermont educators interested in adding the license and/or the opportunity to take individual coursework. The endorsement requires the 12 credits offered by VT-HEC and additional coursework in Adolescent Psychology and Alcohol/Drug Education, Substance Abuse. See program course descriptions for more details on the coursework.

Driver Education instruction in Vermont schools provides its students with a life- long risk prevention education. Risk-prevention education, as compared to Driver Education, is teaching specific behavioral approach that promotes best practice for minimizing and reducing risk over a lifetime of driving. Students need to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits that can serve them for a lifetime of crash-free driving; enabling them to become productive and responsible citizens committed to embracing a low risk driving style.

The latest state of the art risk-prevention curriculum guide has been implemented by VDTSEA (Vermont Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association) and the Office of Driver & Traffic Safety Education. With the risk prevention curriculum guide, which is specifically tied to the Vermont Framework of Standards, Vermont educators have a field in which they will provide lifelong skills and attitudes promoting safe highways users.

Traffic crashes are the No. 1 cause of death and injury for people ages 15 to 20. The high injury and fatality rates for teen drivers are grim indicators of how much varied, long-term training is required before safe driving skills are developed.

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Application Information

For additional information, please contact Lindsay Townsend  [email protected] or Judy Safford [email protected]

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Course of Study and Course Descriptions

Individuals, who want to teach driver education in Vermont’s public and approved independent schools must have a teaching license, with a driver education endorsement, issued by the Vermont Department of Education (DOE).  Individuals who want to teach driver education in Vermont’s commercial driver training schools must complete courses approved by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  DOE and DMV both require a total of 18 credit hours.

Currently, the courses required by the DOE and DMV are the same.  The Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VTHEC) provides most of the required courses.  Four of the courses provided by the VTHEC are Extraordinary Zone Control, In-Vehicle Teaching Techniques, Driver Education I and Driver Education II.  Three credit courses in alcohol and drugs and educational psychology round out the educational requirements.  The VTHEC is currently providing a course, Drug Abuse and Driving.  Other institutions provide similar drug abuse courses along with courses in educational psychology.

Please view the course flyer on the homepage of this website for current course offerings.

Extraordinary Zone Control

Extraordinary Zone Control is the initial teacher preparation course for individuals preparing to teach driver education in Vermont.  It is a prerequisite for other driver education teacher preparation courses. Extraordinary Zone Control can also be taken for relicensing and graduate credit by practicing teachers who wish to enhance their skills and abilities.  These teachers will be able to take the course at a higher level and they will be expected to assist with instructional activities.

The course includes an in-depth usage of Mottola’s Zone Control System of Driving.  It consists of 45 hours of online instruction and local hands on activities.  Candidates and practicing teachers will experience its effectiveness for developing low-risk driving habits.  Over 100 behavioral patterns will be learned and practiced by completing online lessons, in-vehicle activities and individual practice.  Online contact for questions will be maintained between the instructors and the class participants throughout the duration of the course.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Twenty-one years of age
  • Valid driver’s license

In-Vehicle Teaching Techniques

In-Vehicle Teaching Techniques emphasizes the value of a quality time/space management system and recognizes the importance of structured in-vehicle instruction.  It is required for individuals preparing to teach driver education in Vermont.  In-Vehicle Teaching Techniques can also be taken for relicensing and graduate credit by practicing teachers who wish to enhance their skills and abilities.  These teachers will be able to take the course at a higher level and they will be expected to assist with instructional activities.

This course consists of 45 hours of instruction, delivered over a six-day period, with additional outside assignments. Each attendee will perfect effective in-vehicle teaching techniques, demonstrate the techniques during in-vehicle sessions, develop rural and urban route planning skills, and demonstrate effective instruction, coaching, feedback and evaluation techniques with other drivers. Emphasis will be on the utilization zone control of the latest VDTSEA CD Curriculum. The use of computer technology to develop and follow route plans will be of major emphasis.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Twenty-one years of age
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Successful completion of Extraordinary Zone Control

Driver Education I

This 45 hours course is a methods and materials preparation course for individuals wanting to become driver education teachers.  The course presents the traffic problems in today’s society with an overview of the concepts used in traffic safety prevention.  Human, vehicle environmental and legal factors are studied in their relationship to the total problem.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Twenty-one years of age
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Successful completion of Extraordinary Zone Control

Driver Education II

This 45 hours course will concentrate on preparing the individual with a background in the administrative demands of conducting a quality program.  Students will acquire knowledge in the latest vehicle technology, classroom technology developing administrative guides, vehicle acquisition, parent involvement, national trends and partnerships with other traffic safety and prevention agencies.  An in-depth study of the Vermont Driver Risk Prevention Curriculum Guide will be implemented and students will present lessons based on the Curriculum Guide.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Twenty-one years of age
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Successful completion of Extraordinary Zone Control
  • Successful completion of Driver Education
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