Rhode Island has eight (8) institutions of higher education with approved educator preparation programs.
The New Teacher Project and Teach for America also offer approved educator
preparation programs. Graduates of approved programs are automatically eligible for certification in Rhode Island provided they have achieved a passing score on the appropriate licensure test.
All approved programs in Rhode Island are required, under the Rhode Island Program Approval Standards, to assess candidate performance to standards of the profession from point of admission through recommendation for certification. Approved programs are reviewed at least once every five (5) years by a team of educators assembled by the Department of Education. Educators selected to serve on program approval teams are knowledgeable in the standards of the profession and on performance assessment systems. Institutions of higher education with approved programs can also choose to seek national accreditation from the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Title II of the Higher Education Opportunity Act requires institutions of higher
education to submit annual reports to the RI Department of Education that
provide basic information on the programs offered at the institution, how well
students perform on initial state certification test requirements, and whether
the institution has been classified as "low performing". The Rhode Island
report can be found at
Licensure test pass rates are included in this report.
Pre-professional Skills tests for
all teacher candidates is now required.
Pre-professional Skills Test
The state has set minimum student
teaching requirements at 12 weeks.