School of Education

Faculty. Professor Byrd, director. Professors Byrd, Ciccomascolo, deGroot, Deeney, Eichinger, Peno, Seitsinger, and Trostle Brand; Associate Professors Adamy, Coiro, Fogleman, Hicks, Kern, and Shim; Assistant Professors Moore, Murray-Johnson, and Sweetman; Lecturers Coreia, Hersey, and Semnoski.

Curriculums in secondary education lead to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees, the curriculum in elementary education to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Students wishing to enroll in the early childhood education program must major in Human Development and Family Studies and seek admission to the teacher education component of this program, as outlined below. The Master of Arts (M.A.), M.A. in Special Education, and Doctor of Philosophy (joint with Rhode Island College) degree programs in education are described in Graduate Programs.

The curriculums offer a balanced program of academic preparation and professional training. The required professional courses contribute directly to the student’s understanding the teacher’s role in society and developing teaching skills.

Successful completion of the early childhood education program leads to an initial teaching certificate for the pre-school and primary grades (PK-2), while completion of the elementary education program leads to an initial teaching certificate for grades 1–6. The secondary education program leads to an initial teaching certificate for a specific subject area in grades 7–12.

Transfer Students. Transfer students should be advised that admission to some programs in the college requires meeting certain prerequisites or separate admission criteria. Teacher education programs in the School of Education, the early childhood teacher education program offered by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and the health and physical education program offered by the Department of Kinesiology have specific admission criteria and generally require that a matriculated student complete at least one semester of work at URI before applying for admission. Transfer students may be admitted to the University, but are not admitted directly into these programs.

Admission Requirements. Students interested in undergraduate teacher education programs must apply for admission to the Office of Teacher Education. Students interested in URI’s early childhood, elementary, and secondary education programs must submit a portfolio and sit for an interview as part of the admission process. Please visit for additional information.

Applications for admission to teacher education programs are normally submitted during the sophomore year. Applications will be reviewed by a departmental screening committee based on the following criteria: 1) recommendations from faculty and others who have knowledge of the candidate’s experience or interest in working in education; 2) a writing sample expressing career goals, experience in working with children, and expectations as a teacher; 3) passing scores on admissions tests based on Rhode Island Program Approval process, subject to change by the Rhode Island Department of Education (See School of Education website for updated information.); 4) the student’s academic record, including a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better. In addition, for the secondary education and music education programs, a grade point average of 2.50 or better in the Arts and Sciences major or specialization is required. Students applying to the early childhood education program must attain a C or better in HDF 203 or equivalent for acceptance into the program.

Students should consult with the elementary or HDF advisor at University College for Academic Success, the Office of Teacher Education, or advisor at the Providence Campus.

Program Requirements. For courses required for early childhood education, see Human Development and Family Studies. For more information, see Teacher Education Programs. For graduate teacher education programs, see the Graduate Programs section.

Undergraduate students who are admitted to the elementary education program are required to complete a bachelor’s degree. In addition, students are encouraged to complete a second major or degree, or  minors, which may be chosen from the list of undergraduate university majors and minors and degrees. In addition, students are encouraged to seek additional certifications in middle grades or English as a Second Language.

The professional sequence courses required for elementary education are: prior to program admission EDC 102, 250, 312; prior to student teaching EDC 402, 423, 424, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, and 460; student teaching EDC 484 and 485. Students must earn a C or above in the professional sequence courses and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50. The following are also required, some of which may be taken as part of general education requirements: a natural science with a lab, PSY 232 or HDF 200, and MTH 208 and 209. Students should contact the School of Education for more details.

Students seeking to teach in a middle school must obtain a middle grades extended certification and be eligible for elementary or secondary certification. The professional sequence of courses required for middle grades extended certification is EDC 400, EDC 415 or an approved adolescent development course, and EDC 331. These courses should be taken prior to student teaching. EDC 484 and 485 make up the student teaching semester. Teacher candidates seeking a middle grades certification extension are required to teach in a middle school in addition to their elementary or secondary experience. In addition, 21-30 credits in one of the following content areas is required: English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, or foreign language. Final projects for each course must be uploaded into the electronic portfolio along with a self-reflection prior to the end of each course. Admission to the middle grades extended certification program is contingent upon acceptance to the elementary or secondary education program. Prior to student teaching, candidates must successfully meet the standards for EDC 400 and the pre-student-teaching review, which includes review of all required courses and e-folio tasks by the elementary and secondary education teams and the Office of Teacher Education. Elementary education students should see a middle level advisor for specific course requirements.

The education courses required for secondary education are EDC 102, 250, 312, 331, 332, 371, 402, 415, 430, 431, and 448. These courses are taken prior to student teaching. EDC 484 and 485 make up the student teaching semester. Students in secondary education are required to take a pedagogy as well as a content area exam in their area of certification.

Students pursuing a program in secondary education normally obtain a B.A. degree, double majoring in education and at least one content area specialization, although a B.S. degree is available in some content areas. Secondary education programs are offered in biology, chemistry, English, general science, history, mathematics, world languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish), physics, and social studies.

Students in all programs must maintain minimum grade point averages of 2.50 overall, 2.50 in their education major, and 2.50 in their academic major area. To be eligible for student teaching, students must earn a grade of at least a C in EDC 430 and 448 (secondary); EDC 423, 424, 452, 453, 455, 456, 457, 458, and 460 (elementary); HDF 203, 301, 303, EDC 424, 426, and 429 (early childhood). Failure to maintain these grades and/or averages will result in “program probation,” a one-semester period during which students have the opportunity to earn acceptable grades but may not student teach. Failure to return grade averages to acceptable standing after one semester leads to dismissal from the program. Students cannot proceed to student teaching if these requirements are not met.

Students in the School of Education, graduate and undergraduate certification and licensure programs will be required to take and pass a content area exam(s) in their area of certification and any other exam required for state licensure prior to student teaching or final internship. Contact the Office of Teacher Education for the “passing” scores required for each discipline.

Minor in Education. The overall URI minimum requirements for a minor apply (see Minor Fields of Study).  EDC 102 and EDC 312 are required.

The major in elementary education requires a minimum of 120 credits; secondary education requires 120 credits.

The School of Education has designated EDC 485 as its capstone course.