TAP interns pursue an accelerated path to VT licensure in middle and high school core subject areas (Social Studies, English, Math, Science) or in a PK – 12 specialty area (Art, Music, PE, Health, English Learners, Modern Languages, Business). Working alongside a licensed mentor teacher, candidates build relationships with students and assume responsibility for a full 3-week solo unit. TAP support includes 13 full day seminars with a cohort of fellow teachers, led by three experienced Vermont educators. TAP faculty make at least 6 field visits to offer feedback on each candidate’s teaching. After 18 weeks, most candidates resume paid work while completing their licensure portfolio.
Equity is one of our 6 curricular strands, which we weave through each seminar. Candidates explore their own identity and biases, and use resources such as Zaretta Hammond's "Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain" as well as Cornelius Minor's "We Got This." TAP faculty regularly audit the curriculum and review new learning activities, alongside our Equity Advisory Board, to further our own learning and to engage our candidates in relevant, rigorous and critical advocacy within the public school system.