Instructors

Instruction of adults is a skill.

 It is separate from teaching children, working with families or supervising staff. Instruction is different from running a staff meeting or facilitating a panel discussion. Instructors lead training or courses for adults.   Find the definition of training.
 Eligibility for the Instructor Registry: the approval panel considers-
a) education, degree, license and/or credentials,
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.
Assistance with your Instructor Registry Application is available. To make an appointment, contact Instructor Registry Coordinator, Amelia Struthers: amelia.struthers@ccv.edu or call (802) 885-8374.
The Level in the Registry is determined by the minimum  criteria met in either education or experience.
NOTE:
  • 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

Effective 11.12.14
Type of Instructor Minimum Educational completed Minimum Instructional Experience2 Function within the Instructor Registry
Affiliate I
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.

OR
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.
OR
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.

OR
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

OR
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.
Related Fields and Credits
Affiliate II, Certified and Master level instructors require degrees or education in a related field. Specialists may have degrees in un-related fields, but must provide evidence of their specialization. Degrees with a major or concentration in one of the following areas are considered related:
        • Child Development
        • Human Development
        • Education (Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education)
        • Child and Family Studies (including Home Economics)
When an individual’s field of study is not one of the four areas above, credit-bearing coursework in one or more of the following areas will be accepted:
        • 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
And for Afterschool Instructors:
        • Recreation, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Art and Music Education
Related fields and credits will be reviewed and approved by the Approval Panel on a case-by-case basis. Degrees and coursework must be approved according to the criteria set forth by the Northern Lights Career Development Center.
Vermont’s Instructor Qualification System (Instructor Registry) ensures that quality instruction is available statewide to individuals working with or on behalf of children.  Northern Lights facilitates an approval process of instructors as part of this system.
This Qualification System is designed to:
  • 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.