school of education

Chafee Hall, 10 Chafee Rd, Kingston, RI 02881


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Open the door to learning.

Some say it’s a calling. What we know is that teaching is a complex art and among the most rewarding professions, just as it has always been. Maybe you want to work with young children, encouraging their curiosity and providing them with the foundations of learning. Or perhaps your goal is to inspire adolescents to challenge themselves and embrace new ideas. Whatever your vision, our programs will prepare you well in all aspects of the teaching profession, and if you believe, as we do, that nothing is more important, we invite you to join us.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

– Nelson Mandela
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  • teacher in a high school classroom
  • small child doing crafts
  • teacher working with students on a mechanical device
  • teacher working with a student
  • teachers collaborating at a digital literacy conference

Why Education at URI?

Our nationally-accredited teacher education programs have full state approval, providing teacher licensure reciprocity with other states. We surpass required standards—offering an online portfolio system, field-based student teaching preparation, and an emphasis on developing strong content knowledge. Our graduates are well prepared and highly qualified for teaching positions nationwide.

As an undergraduate, you may choose a degree program that offers you teacher certification in Early Childhood Education (preschool–­grade 2), Elementary Education (grades 1–6), and Secondary Education (grades 7–12 in your chosen area of academic specialization). Physical Education (K-12) and Music Education (K-12) also available at the undergraduate level.

Among the graduate degree and certificate programs we offer are M.A. in Education (with a Teacher Certification option), M.A. in Special Education, and a joint Ph.D. in Education program with Rhode Island College. We also partner with several other departments to offer master’s level programs including music education, school library media, speech and language, and school psychology.

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