Those who wish to teach in Rhode Island can prepare for certification through both traditional and non-traditional education programs at local schools. These programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate level, accommodating all previous levels of training and teaching experience. Students can receive training in early childhood, elementary or special education, or they can prepare to teach a specific subject area to secondary school students. Teacher certification programs normally require a student teaching practicum, and some additionally require students to complete a teaching portfolio and attend seminars. Graduates must take Rhode Island's teacher certification exams to become certified.
Rhode Island College
Located in Providence, Rhode Island College prepares prospective teachers for certification and career advancement with education programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels through the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development. Undergraduates can earn a bachelor's degree in elementary or special education or opt to study both fields. There's also a second bachelor's degree option for aspiring teachers who wish to earn degrees in education as well as the content area they wish to teach.
Graduate students can earn a master's degree in teaching or early childhood education. The Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching program prepares graduates for certification to teach grades one through six, and it includes teaching seminars, practicum sessions and curriculum design courses. The early childhood education master's program emphasizes teaching children from birth to age eight, and it includes a mandatory seminar on conducting research.
Providence College, located in Providence, is the only college in the United States operated by Dominican Friars. The School of Continuing Education offers a program that provides a non-traditional route to teacher certification in one of nine teaching subject areas. Candidates must be completing or have previously completed a bachelor's degree in a corresponding subject area, and students must complete a 12-week student teaching internship and create a portfolio.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Rhode Island College||4-year, public; large suburb|| BA in Elementary Education
BS in Elementary Education
BS in Special Education
MA in Teaching
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
| $8,929 (undergraduate in-state), $21,692 ( undergraduate out-of-state)*
$8,048 (graduate in-state), $14,978 (graduate out-of-state)*
|Providence College||4-year, private nonprofit; midsize city||Teacher Certification Program||$50,528 (undergraduate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator