Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Educator Certification

Please see below for answers to common questions about the certification application or renewal process in Rhode Island.

The Office of Educator Quality and Certification is open to the public 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.
The ID # is the number on your certificate. If you are applying for the first time to be certified in Rhode Island or you can’t find your ID #, please leave that section blank.
Currently, we are only taking paper applications for renewal, reinstatement as well as first issuance. To apply, you need to download and print the application:

Once you have printed the application, instructions for completion of the application can be found on pages 1-3.
As we are transitioning to a new certification system, our current processing time is 14-16 weeks. Please note that during the summer months, processing time typically doubles.
Applications are processed in order of date and an application is date stamped when it is received. If complete and approved, a certificate is issued. If not, a status form letter is issued detailing what an applicant needs to do, within 90 days, in order to meet the requirements of the certificate.
We are unable to confirm receipt of your application until it has been processed. Applications are processed in order of date and may take up to 12 weeks to be entered in to our system.
You must include ALL of the following as one complete package to be processed:

  • Completed application
  • Check or money order for the correct amount (See fees information in this document)
  • Hardcopy of student-issued or official transcripts
  • Hardcopy of your out-of-state teaching certificate(s)
  • Hardcopy of any required assessment test scores. (Please note that ETS will not forward a hardcopy of an individual’s test scores to RIDE.)
  • Work experience on original letterhead noting number of years, job title, and roles and responsibilities (as applicable)
For general information on reciprocity, visit our website at:
Scroll down and click on the tab titled “Reciprocity with Other States”.
For certificates already issued, you can go to the eCert Educator Verification Portal/Public Portal at
Certificates and status forms are no longer mailed to educators. They can find electronic copies of all correspondence on the Correspondence tab in their certification portal. Educators will be notified by email that correspondence is waiting to be reviewed.
Educators cannot expedite an application as applications are processed in order of date received. Requests for an application to be expedited can be made by a district/LEA only if the district/LEA plans to hire the applicant. In such cases, a district can then request a cert priority of an educator’s application.
The certificate will print the ‘Highly Qualified’ designation that the educator holds.
Educators can log in to eCert to review the status of applications, print their certificates and edit their contact information.
The RICert system has been retired and the username and password that was used in that system can no longer be used. To log in to the new certification system – called eCert, please visit:
  • The SSO password is also referred to as the RIDEMap password. RIDEMap passwords can be recovered from the following link:
    Respond to the 3 security questions and the password recovery system will send an email with a temporary password.
  • To recover a lost username please visit to submit a ticket. Most usernames are firstname.lastname and may have a number attached at the end if there is an identical name in the system.