Undergraduate applicants remain in University College pending acceptance into a Teacher Education Program. We encourage you to make an appointment with the appropriate advisor as you plan your program.
- Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, Physical Education/Health: Lisa Giudici
- Music Education: Margaret Frazier
Minimum Academic Requirements
Admission to undergraduate teacher education programs is competitive. Some qualified applicants may be denied admission due to a limited number of positions available in a teacher preparation program. Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.
Some classes are recommended or required prior to application (please refer to the curriculum sheet for your degree program and/or meet with your advisor to see specific requirements).
GPA and Credit Requirements
To be eligible for admission, applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum of 24 credits, as well as additional exceptional academic qualifications.
Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.5-2.74 may be eligible for Conditional Acceptance for GPA to the College of Education based on the following conditions:
- Have earned at least 45 credits
- Show evidence of a rising minimum GPA of 2.75
Eligibility for conditional acceptance will be assessed during the admission review. Information regarding conditions of acceptance will be shared with admission documents. Applicants admitted conditionally for GPA will be monitored by their advisor(s) and have their GPA checked each semester until the conditions of their acceptance are met. They must fulfill all requirements of their conditional acceptance in order to progress through the program and will not be permitted to student teach until fully admitted to the College of Education with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Transfer students: Please upload your transcript from your former institution to the SOE Database for GPA admission review.
In addition to the cumulative GPA requirement for admission, please note the following:
- Secondary Education applicants: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in your content major (English, math, chemistry, physics, biology, history/social studies, world languages.)
- Music Education applicants: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in Music
Basic Competency Requirements
All undergraduates are required to provide evidence of meeting the RI Department of Education’s (RIDE) basic competency requirements for admission. URI offers 3 courses through which undergraduate applicants can meet the basic competency requirements. Please see your advisor to register for these courses.
Summer 2023- present
|EDC 281: C or better||EDC 282: C or better||EDC 280: C or better|
Undergraduate applicants can also provide evidence of meeting the RIDE basic competency requirements for admission through meeting the minimum score requirements from the testing opportunities below.
|SAT||Evidence-based Reading & Writing: 480||Math: 530|
|OLD SAT||Composite of Reading & Writing: 860||Math: 500|
|ACT||Reading: 22||English: 18||Math: 22|
|Praxis I CORE||Reading (test #5712): 168|
Reading (test #5713): 168
|Writing (test #5722): 165|
Writing (test #5723): 165
|Math (test #5732): 162
Math (test #5733): 170
Spring 2020-Spring 2023
|EDC 281: B or better||EDC 282: B or better||EDC 280: B or better|
If your score reports for the SAT, ACT, and/or Praxis I CORE tests were not submitted to eCampus at the point of URI admission, please upload your score report(s) to the SOE Database by December 1st to be reviewed for the December admission review and by May 1st to be reviewed for the May admission review.
Evidence of basic competencies may be mixed and matched: For example, if you meet passing scores in SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing, but do not pass the SAT Math, you may use a passing grade (C) or better in EDC 280.
Admission requirements will be reviewed twice a year (December and May) for all applicants that meet the following requirements:
- Minimum of 24 credits accrued
- Minimum GPA of 2.75 (Or minimum GPA of 2.5 with 45 credits accrued (see Conditional Acceptance for GPA) and content or double major GPA requirement (if applicable)
- Met basic competencies for Reading, Writing, and Math
- Additional classes as required by the program
Admission requirements will be reviewed as they are reported in eCampus. If you have requirements that are not submitted to eCampus (e.g. Praxis CORE test scores or a transcript from a previous institution), please upload this evidence to the SOE Database by December 1st to be reviewed for the December admission review and by Mat 1st to be reviewed for the May admission review.
Applicants will be notified once they have been accepted into the College of Education.