Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate Admission

Admission Advisors

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.

Minimum Academic Requirements

Admission to the School of Education 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).

Use this chart to determine if you’ve met the requirements for admission


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 School 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 School 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.

CourseworkEDC 281: B or betterEDC 282: B or betterEDC 280: B 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.

SATEvidence-based Reading & Writing: 480Math: 530
OLD SATComposite of Reading & Writing: 860Math: 500
ACTReading: 22English: 18Math: 22
Praxis I COREReading (test #5712): 168
Reading (test #5713): 168
Writing (test #5722): 165
Writing (test #5723): 165
Math (test #5732): 162
Math (test #5733): 170

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 (B) or better in EDC 280.



Admission Process

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 School of Education.

Graduate Admission

Program-specific admission requirements can be found within each graduate program section:

M.A. in Education
M.S. in College Student Personnel
Ph.D. Program
TCP in Early Childhood Education

Credential Review Pathway

The Credential Review Pathway (CRP) program at the University of Rhode Island is suspended until at least January 2022.  If you are still interested in this program, please email crp@etal.uri.edu in early October 2021 to see if we have re-opened our application and review processes.   Information on other CRP programs in Rhode Island can be found on RIDE’s website.

The Credential Review Pathway (CRP) allows prospective and current educators with extensive work and educational experience and an exceptional academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA) the opportunity to pursue initial certification by working with URI’s School of Education, or another institution in the CRP Consortium. Students pursuing this pathway are non-matriculating students, as they are not part of an approved program.

To get started, please complete the online Credential Review Pathway Potential Application Overview form, and submit all applicable transcripts to crp@etal.uri.edu.

Please specify that you are interested in the Credential Review Pathway. Do not submit any application materials (except as noted) until this initial review is completed.