Rhode Island Early Childhood Certification

Students in early childhood need the caring hands of skilled teachers to introduce them to the world of school. Find out what degree is needed to get certification in early childhood education for Rhode Island, along with requirements for passing tests.

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The state of Rhode Island's early childhood certificate qualifies teachers to teach between preschool and second grade. Praxis exam requirements will differ according to the desired grade level of a future teacher's career.

Rhode Island Early Childhood Certification Requirements

Average Salary for Early Childhood Teachers in (2017)* $32,570 (Preschool), $60,990 (Kindergarten), $67,990 (Elementary)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Early Childhood Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Early Childhood Education and Education of Young Children tests; or Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 and Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects tests

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements

For teachers in Rhode Island, a bachelor's degree is necessary to hold a classroom of young children without supervision. A Bachelor of Science in Early Chlidhood Education, along with specific coursework, includes a teacher education practicum, allowing for a hands-on experience involving student teaching to allow future educators the chance for skill development. This session typically takes place in the final semester of the four-year program. Classes in the curriculum might include family engagement in early childhood settings, the psychology of learning, and early childhood curriculum.

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Testing Requirements

Depending on the classroom age, there are two different options available for Praxis exams that grant certification in the state of Rhode Island. Degree-seekers who will work with preschool classrooms should choose the first collection: the Early Childhood Education exam and the Education of Young Children exam. Both tests consist of selected-response questions, and the Education of Young Children test also contains constructed-response prompts.

For teachers who will focus on kindergarten through second grade, there is the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 exam, followed by the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam. This last test is a collection of four subtests in reading and language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics. It can be split into multiple test appointments or taken all in one sitting. A calculator is provided on the screen during the math and science portions of the test.

Certification Requirements

Upon passing the Praxis exams and as graduation approaches, applicants for teacher certification in the state of Rhode Island will apply for the 3 Year Initial Educator Certificate. The license comes with a cost of $100, payable in check or money order to the General Treasurer - State of Rhode Island. The application, fee and test scores can then be mailed to the RI Department of Education. Depending on the time of year, the application turnaround may take anywhere from 12-16 weeks. Official transcripts should be sent with the application if the Department of Education does not already have them.

Extra Resources

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