Eligibility for Rhode Island teacher certification is
dependent on the successful completion of a particular education program and the
completion of required state testing.
Salve Regina's education programs are accredited by the R.I.
Department of Education. Rhode Island is a member of the National Association
of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. Through their
interstate agreement, our graduates can apply for reciprocity, based on their
Rhode Island certificates, to 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and
While the reciprocity process of the Rhode Island teaching
certificate is generally seamless due to the interstate agreement, individual
states do retain the right to have additional requirements, usually in the form
of a state-specific teacher exam. As soon as Rhode Island testing requirements
have been met, students are encouraged to begin the testing required in other
states to which they plan to apply. Students should always check with a state's
Department of Education to get the most recent changes to certification
requirements prior to applying.
Students are responsible
for knowing the updated curriculum, guidelines and requirements as clarified
and promulgated through the Department of Education handbook, the assessment
handbook and the student teaching handbook. Changes in state requirements for
teacher certification may necessitate program changes that supersede the
programs as described in the Undergraduate Catalog.