Do you need your Vermont Online Teaching Specialist (OTS) endorsement?All Vermont educators facilitating online coursework with Vermont students must obtain the 5440-25 Online Teaching Specialist (OTS) endorsement.
Our Certificate in Online Teaching Meets the OTS Standards
In order to qualify for the Endorsement, you must meet each of the standards of the OTS endorsement. The Vermont AOE officially agrees that taking our sequence of Methods 1, Methods 2, and the Online Teaching with Practicum classes will allow you to meet each of these OTS standards. While many of these standards can be meet through classes you take elsewhere, NEOTI’s Online Teaching with Practicum is currently the only offering in Vermont that allows you to complete the required online practicum in a K-12 class. Through our partnership with VTVLC we have access to a large number of online classes that Vermont students are taking right now. VTVLC’s teachers are experienced online educators who can lead you through teaching online for the first time.
In order to apply for this endorsement you must be a licensed Vermont educator with at least one content area endorsement.
IMPORTANT: This program does not lead to an initial teaching license. You must already have a teaching license in Vermont in order to apply for the OTS endorsement. The OTS endorsement can only be added to a Vermont Level 1 or Level 2 license, NOT a Provisional, Emergency, or Apprenticeship license. Currently (May 2020) the OTS can not be added to In-Vehicle only Driver and Traffic Safety, Junior ROTC, School Nurse, Associate School Nurse, Social Worker, or Work-based Learning Coordinator endorsements.
Educators who complete the program should apply with the Vermont Agency of Education for the endorsement using the Transcript Review process. More information about the Transcript Review process is available in our CiOT Handbook.