Certification

Eligibility for Rhode Island teacher certification is dependent on the successful completion of a particular education program and the completion of required state testing.

Our education programs are approved 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 transfer their teaching credentials to 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.

While the transfer 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. 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 our department’s assessment handbook and student teaching handbook. Changes in state requirements for teacher certification may necessitate program changes that supersede the programs as described in the Undergraduate Catalog.