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New Initial Licensing Program in Early Childhood

Licensing Opportunities in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education

This summer, the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VT-HEC) will launch its newly approved Early Childhood Educator (ECE) initial licensure program. This graduate-level program is designed for professionals working in early childhood or a related field who wish to obtain a Vermont educator license with an endorsement in ECE (birth–3rd grade). In launching this new ECE initial licensure program, VT-HEC seeks to respond to the ever-increasing need in Vermont and across the nation for qualified early childhood educators.

For nearly 20 years, the VT-HEC ECE program has provided courses aligned with Vermont’s ECE competencies and Core Teaching Standards. However, until this new program, students in the VT-HEC ECE program without an initial license still had to apply through Peer Review for their ECE initial license. This new initial licensure program provides students with a different option to obtain their initial license through VT-HEC.

For further information contact Manuela Fonseca, the VT-HEC Early Childhood Programs Director, at [email protected]. or

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Dennis has been the Director of the the VT-HEC since it was founded in 2000. He spent 16 years at the VT-DOE as Director of teams with various names that included: special education, Title I, health and wellness and other family and education support services. Prior to that Dennis worked at the Barre Town School (VT) starting as a special educator and serving many years as the Director of Student Support Services. He also spent 6 years as a classroom teacher grades 5-8 in NJ.

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