Work-Based Learning Coordinator Pathway to Licensure Overview
he VT-HEC Work-Based Learning Coordinator (WBLC) pathway to licensure program will provide an 18 credit series of courses. The courses are designed to meet the licensure requirements for candidates who will pursue the endorsement through the AOE Transcript or Peer Review process. Courses can be taken as part of the sequence or as stand-alone courses. All courses offer graduate credits through our partner, Castleton University (CU).
The coursework addresses topics that may also appeal to community-based learning coordinators, guidance counselors, special educators, flexible pathway coordinators, coop coordinators, classroom teachers, career development counselors, job coaches, vocational rehabilitation counselors, administrators and others.
For more information please contact Kim McKellar, [email protected]
WBLC Endorsement Licensing Options:
- Currently licensed Vermont educators seeking to add the WBLC endorsement can apply for Transcript Review through the VT Agency of education upon completion
- Educators who have taken previous coursework that meet the competencies may request an official Educator Course Audit for a fee of $50 for verification. For more information about this and other related licensing questions, contact the Vermont Agency of Education’s educator licensing division at 802-479-1700.
- Educators seeking initial licensure as a WBL Coordinator can take coursework and apply for initial licensure through the VT Agency of Education Peer Review Program. This process is done separately and independently from the VT-HEC program. Candidates for Peer Review using the VT-HEC coursework must have a BA or BS and at least 3 years of public school experience. Please contact the Agency of Education to view all Peer Review requirements
Course are also open to educators who do related work and are interested in taking courses for professional development or recertification credits.
For more information on program and licensing requirements, please contact Kim McKellar, [email protected]
Sequence of Courses and Course Descriptions
This is a new program (started Fall 2019) and is still in development. The first five courses are listed below. The full sequence of 6 courses will provide 18 graduate-level credits. The courses are designed to meet all of the required competencies for Work-Based Learning licensed educator endorsements in Vermont. Not all students need to take all of these courses. See Endorsement Guidance above. The 6th course in development will be an optional practicum.
Providing Effective Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Students, Schools and Businesses
3 credits = 45 contact hours
Course Description: In order to develop legal, safe, and effective work-based learning programs and experiences, school personnel must understand labor and safety laws and practices, sales and marketing, career development strategies, and effective systems for organizing, monitoring and evaluating student learning opportunities with businesses and community partners.
As its primary reference, this course uses the Vermont Agency of Education “Vermont Work-Based Learning Manual: Guidelines and Tools to Support Work-Based Learning Experiences for All Learners” (2017). This course provides participants with the knowledge base needed to develop a coherent work-based learning program for a school or organization.
The course curriculum is designed to provide participants with the core knowledge base for operating under the Work-Based Learning educator’s license endorsement in the state of Vermont or other position that allows for the implementation of some or all areas of study.
Developing and Redesigning Your Work-based Learning Programs
3 credits = 45 contact hours
Course Description: Developing and Redesigning your Work-Based Learning Program course is ideal for those new to work-based learning or those who want to refine their existing program and will give participants the opportunity to design the format and systems of a WBL program that works for their particular role and school.
We will cover creating a new program or redesigning an existing program that aligns with your school’s goals and available resources, outreach to new community partners and systems to help build and maintain those relationships, and other tools and strategies that will help you to effectively manage all aspects of your program. We will explore various WBL models and best practices around the state. Students will have plenty of individual time and support to design and refine the systems and tools that work for them and can be applied within their school and community.
Legal and Safety Issues of Work-Based Learning Programs
3 Credits = 45 contact Hours
Course Description: This course provides a thorough examination of the legal and safety issues that affect work-based and community-based learning programs and experiences. Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of federal and Vermont labor and safety requirements and be able to provide effective systems that ensure safe and legal student experiences.
This course takes a deeper dive into legal and safety issues introduced in the survey course Work-Based Learning: Providing Effective Opportunities for Students, Schools and Businesses*. It will provide a comprehensive exploration of topics including labor law, education law, civil rights law, and insurance and will consider how to effectively educate students about their own rights, safety, behaviors, and responsibilities in the workplace. The format will be a combination of in-person and online sessions.
* The WBL: Providing Effective Opportunities course is not a prerequisite for the Legal and Safety course.
Career Exploration: Engaging Teens in Their Own Career Development
3 credits = 45 contact hours
Course Description: This course provides the theory and tools needed to engage students in their own career development while helping them find meaning and relevance in their high school experience. Participants will explore the necessary steps to walk students through career planning, as well as design practical applications and new career planning ideas to help students discover a path that aligns with their interests and motivations.
In this course, participants will understand the primary theories of career development and how they inform the available tools and resources; explore aspects of student self-assessment, including interests, abilities, values, and personality; examine tools for self-awareness and career exploration to utilize with students; gain strategies to support sparking student interests; discover current resources to research career paths; understand decision-making strategies applicable to career choice; and learn how to help students establish realistic goals, create a career plan, and find experiential opportunities.
Participants will complete this course with an individualized curriculum or program to implement with their students.
Supporting Diverse Learners and Ensuring Equitable Access in Work-Based Learning
3 credits = 45 contact hours
Course Description: Work-Based Learning presents a diverse range of opportunities and challenges that are navigated in an individualized way for each student placement. In this course, participants will explore the process of how students grow and develop and how to design appropriate work-based learning experiences, using a strength-based approach. Participants will learn to meet the needs of all students, discover ways to better prepare students who may face challenges in the workforce based on their gender or race, and identify some potential biases when working with students with disabilities.
In this course, we will carefully consider strategies to increase the participation of students with disabilities in Work-Based Learning experiences. We will also discuss ways to access appropriate programming supports and coach employers and mentors in their understanding of supported employment. In addition, we will survey data and resources in support of students facing inequity related to race, immigration status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and other factors within the workplace. Participants will leave this course with a greater understanding of the needs of diverse students and an action plan to continue to advance equity and a climate of inclusion in Work-Based Learning practices.