Rhode Island Teacher Certification Renewal

Jan 02, 2019

All teachers in Rhode Island need to renew their credentials regularly to ensure ongoing effectiveness as educators. Discover how Rhode Island evaluates teacher ability and find out how you can move up as a teacher.

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Renewing a teaching credential in Rhode Island requires performance evaluations of educators. Whether or not a teacher can progress to another level of certification depends on the results of each evaluation.

Requirements for Rhode Island Teacher Certification

Average Salary for Teachers in Rhode Island (2017)* $60,990 (Kindergarten), $67,990 (Elementary), $65,540 (Middle), $67,620 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements Praxis content assessments for grade and subject area

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Rhode Island Teacher Certification Renewal Requirements

Certified teachers in the state of Rhode Island receive renewals of their credentials based on the merit of their existing job performance. The factors determining competence as an educator are determined by Final Effective Ratings (FER), which are distributed by local education systems during the cycle of a current certification period. These ratings are designed to progress teachers to higher tiers of certification, including the professional and advanced certifications, which last for five and seven years respectively. Teachers who hold either of these higher-tier certifications can simply pay the fee, submit the application, and receive a newly valid certificate.

Teachers holding an initial certificate who have no valid work experience and have not demonstrated any progress in performance must renew the same type of license, which is valid for an additional three-year period. Initial certificates also must be renewed if a teacher receives an 'ineffective' rating, as well as two years without any ratings during a given cycle. If a final rating is determined as ineffective, the certificate cannot be renewed.

Educators have to receive at least one FER of 'developing' before becoming eligible for advancement to a professional certificate. If no ratings are distributed, an initial certificate can be renewed, but no progress is available to the professional level. For those who have multiple certificates, one FER of 'developing' or higher has to be achieved for consideration of a promotion to professional level for any certificates. Any certifications deemed ineligible for renewal also affect other credentials dependent on the first certification. Once a certificate is deemed eligible to progress to a professional level, all other certificates will be streamlined for expiration at the same date.

Certificate renewals come with a cost of $100. This can be paid by check or money order to the General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island. Renewal applications can be sent in any time after January 1 of the expiring year. Processing time will vary depending on the time of year and administrative backlog, but can generally take 12-16 weeks for receipt. If any additional degrees or academic certificates have been awarded, be sure to send official transcripts and notices of conferred degrees to the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Additional Resources for Rhode Island Teacher Certification Renewal

If you have earned an extra certificate in a specialty area where you have not previously taught, or if you think you could use some review of material you have studied before, check out Study.com's online database of practice guides. Whether it's lesson plans, Praxis review material, or general course information, you can find similar information to what you need in the examples below:

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