Instruction of adults is a skill.
b) current experience teaching adults in content relevant to the field, and
c) formal instruction in adult learning principles and practices before or within a year of approval; higher education faculty are exempt. Northern Lights offers a fully online course that meets this criteria, 4x a year. Complete this survey if you want to take this course. The course is only available to those who complete this survey and receive confirmation from Northern Lights that they are enrolled in the class.
- Sponsors listing training in the Vermont BFIS data system/course calendar must use instructors in the Instructor Registry
- National or regional instructors who provide one-time training in Vermont, do not need to be approved in the Instructor Registry for that presentation.
- Once approved your application becomes your Instructor Profile; it needs to be renewed within 3 years to stay in the Instructor Registry.
Instructor Level Requirements
|Type of Instructor||Minimum Educational completed||Minimum Instructional Experience2||Function within the Instructor Registry|
Any level of completed education or related coursework in early childhood education, afterschool services or a related field.1
24 hours or less of adult instruction in the last 3 years
|Works with the support of a Master or Certified Instructor|
|Affiliate II||Associate Degree in early childhood education, afterschool services or a related field1.
Associate Degree in an unrelated field with a minimum of 9 related college credits and three years of experience in early childhood education or afterschool services.
21 related college credits and 3 years of experience in early childhood education or afterschool services.
|25 hours or more of adult instruction in the last 3 years||Works with the support of a Master or Certified Instructor|
|Certified||Bachelor Degree (or above) in early childhood education, afterschool services, or a related field1.
Bachelor Degree in an unrelated field with a minimum of 15 college credits and three years of experience in early childhood education or afterschool services.
|25 hours or more of adult instruction in the last 3 years||May support Affiliate I, Affiliate II, and Specialist I Instructors|
|Master||Master or Doctorate Degree in early childhood education, afterschool services or a related field1.||45 hours or more of adult instruction in the last 3 years
45 hours or more teaching coursework at an institution of higher education at any time
|May support Affiliate I, Affiliate II and Specialist I Instructors|
|Specialist I||Recognized specialization in a specific knowledge area.||9 or fewer hours of adult instruction in the last 2 years||Works with the support of a Master, Certified or Specialist II (in the same field) Instructor|
|Specialist II||Recognized specialization in a specific knowledge area.||10 hours or more of adult instruction in the last 2 years||May support a Specialist I instructor in the same field|
|1 – Minimum of a High School Diploma or GED
2- Instructors teach groups of adults working with or on behalf of children, with content falling within one or more of the 5 Core Knowledge Areas. Instructors provide professional development to individuals at all levels of the Vermont Northern Lights Career Ladder for early childhood and afterschool professionals. Instruction is a planned and documented, interactive group learning experience among adults, led by a qualified instructor to meet specific learning objectives. It is responsive to the needs and interests of the learner and learning outcomes for individuals are assessed. For the purpose of the Instructor Registry, hours of one to-one instruction between an instructor and a single learner cannot equal more than half of the total hours required for that Instructor Level.
- Child Development
- Human Development
- Education (Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education)
- Child and Family Studies (including Home Economics)
- Child or Human Development
- Education, including Special Education
- Health, including Nutrition and Nursing
- Psychology, Mental Health, Child and Family Studies
- Sociology, Human Services, Social Sciences
- Business or Administration related to early childhood or afterschool program management
- Recreation, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Art and Music Education
- Identify instructors who have met established criteria for quality instruction of adults;
- Establish a clear pathway for instructor development;
- Be a resource for those who seek to hire instructors;
- Help promote instructors in the Registry;
- Provide networking, foster collegiality and support instructors of adults.