Teacher Certification


Students who did not obtain Rhode Island teacher certification as part of their undergraduate studies may do so by being admitted to a certification program or a master’s degree program with a certification option and satisfactorily completing a prescribed set of courses in the appropriate fields. Applicants for health education, physical education, elementary education or one of the secondary education fields described below must apply as master’s degree students. Applicants for early childhood education, music education, or school library media certification may indicate the specific TCP program code on the application forms and submit two official transcripts of all prior academic work, showing receipt of the bachelor’s degree, plus a personal statement of objectives and two letters of recommendation.

Applications for the School of Education programs are reviewed by each individual specialization (see below). Admission is competitive, and admission into the elementary and secondary education programs occurs once a year. Typically, the deadline for admission is late January. Interested students should contact the Office of Teacher Education, or the contact person (listed at the end of this section) in their area, for admission information; they may also visit the School of Education’s website at uri.edu/education. Graduate applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above are exempt from admission testing requirements. Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is 2.50 or above may be admitted to degree candidacy upon the submission of other evidence of academic potential. In this case, admission test scores are required. Visit uri.edu/education/admissions-testing-requirements for current test scores information.

An interview and admission portfolio are required of all applicants. Students admitted to the TCP program are governed by the same academic standards as matriculated graduate students. 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.

Further information can be obtained from the Office of Teacher Education at 401.874.5930 or from the following areas of specialization:

Early Childhood Education: Professor Susan Brand, School of Education, 401.874.2426 or Assistant Professor Hyunjin Kim, Human Development and Family Studies Department, 401.874.5961

Elementary Education: Associate Professor Sandy Jean Hicks, School of Education, 401.874.5976

Secondary Education

English: Associate Professor Diane Kern, School of Education, 401.874.9490

Mathematics: Professor Cornelius deGroot, School of Education, 401.874.4149

Science: Associate Professor Jay Fogleman, School of Education, 401.874.4161

Social Studies: School of Education, 401.874.7418

All Grades (PK-12)

Health Education: Associate Professor Emily Clapham, Department of Kinesiology 401.874.5447

Music Education: Assistant Professor Audrey Cardany, Department of Music, 401.874.2765

Physical Education: Associate Professor Emily Clapham, Department of Kinesiology, 401.874.5447

Reading Specialist Program: Associate Professors Theresa Deeney and Julie Coiro, School of Education, 401.874.2682.

School Library Media: Professor Cheryl McCarthy, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, 401.874.2878

School Psychology: Professor Gary Stoner, Department of Psychology, 401.874.4234

Special Education: Professor Joanne Eichinger, School of Education, 401.874.7420

World Languages: Professor JoAnn Hammadou-Sullivan, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, 401.874.4712