Certificate Areas and Requirements

Rhode Island offers various Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and All Grades teaching certificates as well as multiple administrator and support professional certificates. Educators holding a valid Rhode Island certificate are eligible for an Endorsement if they complete an appropriate program. 

 

We offer three Early Childhood certificates. 

Valid for assignment as an Early Childhood Education teacher in grades PK-2 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours of field experience prior to student teaching 
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an Early Childhood Bilingual and Dual Language Education teacher in grades PK-2 in RI public schools. This is a language-specific certificate. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Demonstration of proficiency in the second language of instruction through the language assessments 

*Must hold a valid Early Childhood Education Certification (11101) 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for Birth-Grade 2 in RI public schools. May work in a self-contained setting in the content area designated or may provide services directly to students in general education or other settings. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours of field experience prior to student teaching 
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

We offer three Elementary Grades certificates. 

Valid for assignment as an Elementary Education teacher in grades 1-6 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours of field experience prior to student teaching 
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an Elementary Bilingual and Dual Language Education teacher in grades 1-6 in RI public schools. This is a language-specific certificate. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Demonstration of proficiency in the second language of instruction through the language assessments 

*Must hold a valid Elementary Education Teacher Certificate (11201)

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an Elementary Special Education teacher in grades 1-6 in RI public schools. May work in a self-contained setting in the content area designated or may provide services directly to students in general education or other settings. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours of field experience prior to student teaching 
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

We offer six Middle Grades certificates as well as extensions for elementary and secondary grades certificate holders. 

Valid for assignment as a Middle Grades English teacher in grades 5-8 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Reciprocity                                                       
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations
PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • 21 semester hours of coursework in English
  • Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Must hold a valid Elementary Education Teacher certificate (11201)

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations
PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Must hold a valid Secondary English Teacher certificate (11406)

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Middle Grades Mathematics teacher in grades 5-8 in RI public schools. 

 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Reciprocity                                                       
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and location
PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • 21 semester hours of coursework in Mathematics
  • Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Must hold a valid Elementary Education Teacher certificate (11201)

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations
PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Must hold a valid Secondary Mathematics Teacher certificate (11408)

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Middle Grades Science teacher in grades 5-8 in RI public schools.

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Reciprocity                                                       
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and location
PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • 21 semester hours of coursework in Science
  • Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Must hold a valid Elementary Education Teacher certificate (11201)

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations
PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Must hold any Secondary Grades Science certificate.

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Middle Grades Science teacher in grades 5-8 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Reciprocity                                                       
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and location
PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • 21 semester hours of coursework in Social Studies
  • Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Must hold a valid Elementary Education Teacher certificate (11201)

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations
PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Must hold a valid Secondary Social Studies Teacher certificate (11410)

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Middle Grades Bilingual and Dual Language teacher in grades 5-8 in RI public schools. This is a language-specific certificate. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Demonstration of proficiency in the second language of instruction through the language assessments 

*Must hold a valid Middle Grades certificate. 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Middle Grades Special Education Teacher in grades 5-8 in RI public schools. May work in a self-contained setting in the content area designated or may provide services directly to students in general education or other settings. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT

 

  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours of field experience prior to student teaching 
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

We offer 12 Secondary Grades certificates. 

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades Agriculture teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in Agriculture or a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades Biology teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Note: Educators who hold a secondary science content certificate (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or General Science) may apply for an additional secondary science content certificate by providing evidence of 24 credits and meeting RI test requirements in the science content area. 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades Business Education teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the Professional Competencies of the RI Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS)
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades Career and Technical Education teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Five years of work experience for the specific career and technical area if holds a high school diploma; three years of work experience in the career and technical area if the applicant holds an associate's or bachelor's degree in the career and technical area
  • A valid occupational license/certification in the career and technical area issued by the appropriate Rhode Island governing body, if applicable 
  • Appropriate level of post-secondary education for the CTE area sought as identified by RIDE
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association 
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

NOTE: Individuals who hold advanced state-issued licenses or advanced industry certificates are not required to complete subject matter testing; however, any work experience or degree completed more than ten (10) years prior to the data of the application must meet subject matter testing requirements regardless of other licenses held. 

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades Chemistry teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Note: Educators who hold a secondary science content certificate (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or General Science) may apply for an additional secondary science content certificate by providing evidence of 24 credits and meeting RI test requirements in the science content area. 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades English teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades General Science teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Note:

  • Teachers certified in two fields of Science, other than General Science, may be certified in General Science without proof of additional qualifications or tests. 
  • Educators who hold a secondary science content certificate (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or General Science) may apply for an additional secondary science content certificate by providing evidence of 24 credits and meeting RI test requirements in the science content area. 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades Mathematics teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades Physics teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 

*Note: Educators who hold a secondary science content certificate (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or General Science) may apply for an additional secondary science content certificate by providing evidence of 24 credits and meeting RI test requirements in the science content area. 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Grades Social Studies teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or in a closely related field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Secondary Bilingual and Dual Language teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. This is a language-specific certificate. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association 
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Demonstration of proficiency in the second language of instruction through the language assessments 

*Must hold a valid Secondary Grades certificate. 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools as a Secondary Grades Special Education teacher. May work in a self-contained setting in the content area designated or may provide services directly to students in general education or other settings in any content area. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Demonstration of deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

We offer 18 All Grades certificates. 

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Adapted Physical Education teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Completion of a 75-hour practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the Association for Sport and Physical Activity (AAHPERD) 
  • Hold an All Grades Physical Education Certificate in Rhode Island 
  • NA

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Art teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the appropriate RIDE-approved national professional association
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*RIDE Credential Review requires no less than 18 semester hours of coursework to include work in each of the following areas: 

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Foundations of Education
  • Methodology (to include at least one course int he Special Subjects field)
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Identification of and Service to Special Needs Students
  • Teaching of Reading in the Content Area

and no less than 36 semester hours of coursework in seven (7) of the following areas: 

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Design
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Crafts
  • Photography
  • Metals
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Dance teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*RIDE Credential Review requires no less than 18 semester hours of coursework to include work in each of the following areas: 

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Foundations of Education
  • Methodology (to include at least one course int he Special Subjects field)
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Identification of and Service to Special Needs Students
  • Teaching of Reading in the Content Area

and no less than 24 semester hours of coursework in the following areas: 

  • Types of Dance: Ballet, Ballroom, Ethnic, Folk, Jazz, Modern 
  • Dance History
  • Dance Production/ Stagecraft
  • Choreography and Improvisation
  • Human Anatomy
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Family and Consumer Science teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*RIDE Credential Review requires no less than 18 semester hours of coursework to include work in each of the following areas: 

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Foundations of Education
  • Methodology (to include at least one course int he Special Subjects field)
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Identification of and Service to Special Needs Students
  • Teaching of Reading in the Content Area

and no less than 36 semester hours of coursework in seven (7) of the following areas: 

  • Family Interaction
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Consumer Economics 
  • Foods and Nutrition 
  • Home Management 
  • Community Relations 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Health teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the American Association of Health Education (AAHE)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Library Media teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the American Library Association (ALA)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Music teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the National Association for Music Education (NAME)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Music teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades School Nurse teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Licensed as a professional nurse by the RI Department of Health
  • Three (3) years of documented experience as a professional nurse*
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*Three (3) years of professional nurse experience may be satisfied through professional nursing experience, school nurse teacher experience, or a combination of both. 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Technology Education teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades World Language teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*Certified classical or foreign language teachers, having earned initial certification with 30 credits, are entitled to additional language certification with 24 semester hours of language credit. 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Special Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher (American Sign Language) in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. Teachers who do not hold additional certification in a general education area may not serve as a teacher of record for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, or Secondary classrooms. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Holds a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Completion of a minimum of one (1) year residency or the equivalent in this area and a minimum of sixty (60) hours field experience prior to residency
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Demonstrate competency in American Sign Language 
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*RIDE Credential Review requires a demonstrated awareness in Oral/Aural Communications by evidence of three (3) credits in Oral/Aural Communication (this requirement may be met at certification issuance or first renewal). Must have no less than 24 semester hours of coursework including work in each of the following areas: 

  • Introduction to education of students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Psychology of students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Speech Science and Audiology
  • Language of students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Communication for students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Curriculum and Methods for students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Behavior Management 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Special Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher (Oral/Aural Communication) in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. Teachers who do not hold additional certification in a general education area may not serve as a teacher of record for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, or Secondary classrooms. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Holds a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Completion of a minimum of one (1) year residency or the equivalent in this area and a minimum of sixty (60) hours field experience prior to residency
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Demonstrated awareness in American Sign Language (ASL) either by evidence of the RI-approved American Sign Language assessment or three (3) credits in American Sign Language (this requirement may be met at the certification issuance or first renewal)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*RIDE Credential Review requires a demonstrated awareness in Oral/Aural Communications by evidence of three (3) credits in Oral/Aural Communication (this requirement may be met at certification issuance or first renewal). Must have no less than 24 semester hours of coursework including work in each of the following areas: 

  • Introduction to education of students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Psychology of students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Speech Science and Audiology
  • Language of students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Communication for students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Curriculum and Methods for students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Behavior Management 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Special Education Visually Impaired teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools.  

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Holds a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching 
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*RIDE Credential Review requires that candidates have demonstrated competency in reading and writing Braille as well as have no less than 24 semester hours of coursework including work in each of the following areas: 

  • Introduction to education of students who are blind/ partially sighted 
  • Psychology of students who are blind/ partially sighted 
  • Anatomy and physiology of the human eye 
  • Assessment for students who are blind/ partially sighted 
  • Fundamentals of reading and writing Braille 
  • Foundations of orientation and mobility
  • Techniques of working with Severe/ multi-disabled 
  • Behavior management 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Special Education Severe Intellectual Disability teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related  field
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Has demonstrated a deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Theatre teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Major or equivalent in the content area or a closely related field 
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching in this area and a minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching 
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) and the content competencies as prescribed by the Educational Theatre Association (ETA)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*RIDE Credential Review requires no less than 18 semester hours of coursework to include work in each of the following areas: 

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Foundations of Education
  • Methodology (to include at least one course int he Special Subjects field)
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Identification of and Service to Special Needs Students
  • Teaching of Reading in the Content Area

and no less than 24 semester hours of coursework in in each of the following areas:

  • History of the Theatre
  • Theatrical Production
  • Basic Acting Skills and Techniques 
  • Technical Aspects of Theatre (such as scenery, lights, makeup, sound, properties, costume, special effects) 
  • Creative Drama or Children's Theatre 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades Bilingual and Dual Language teacher in grades 7-12 in RI public schools. This is a language-specific certificate. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of 45 hours of practicum
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS)  and the content competencies as prescribed by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Demonstration of proficiency in the second language of instruction through the Language Assessment 
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 

*Must hold a valid All Grades certificate. 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an All Grades English to Speakers of Other Languages teacher in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. Educators who hold this certificate may also teach in English in Dual Language Programs. Educators who hold ONLY the All Grades English to Speakers of Other Languages, Grades PK-12, certificate are restricted to providing English Language development support and may not serve as a teacher of record in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, or Secondary Grades. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity                                                      
  • Completion of 45 hours of Practicum 
  • Holds a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed a minimum of one (1) year practical residency or the equivalent in this area and a minimum of sixty (60) hours field experience prior to or following residency
  • Demonstration of content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by the appropriate RIDE-approved national professional associations
  • Demonstration of a deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment 
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

We offer 9 Support Professional certificates. 

Valid for assignment as a School Counselor in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Reciprocity
  • Completion of 300-hour internship
  • Demonstration of meeting content competencies as prescribed by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a School Psychologist in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Reciprocity
  • Advanced degree in School Psychology from a regionally accredited institution
  • Demonstration of meeting content competencies as prescribed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a School Social Worker in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Reciprocity
  • Master's degree in Social Work from a regionally accredited institution
  • Demonstration of meeting content competencies as prescribed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker by RI Board of Registration for Social Workers 
  • NA

Valid for assignment as a Speech and Language Pathologist in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Reciprocity
  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution in Speech and Language Pathology
  • Demonstration of meeting content competencies as prescribed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Registered School Nurse in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. Individuals who hold this certificate are not eligible to serve as teachers of record. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Current Rhode Island Nursing License 
  • Three (3) years of documented experience as a professional nurse 

RENEWAL: During the first renewal cycle from Initial to Professional level certification, individuals must complete professional learning units in the following: 

  • School-based nursing procedures 
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Supports for student learning needs 
  • NA

Valid for assignment as a Reading Specialist/Consultant in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: CRCI
  • Reciprocity
  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completion of 300-hour internship
  • Demonstration of meeting content competencies as prescribed by the International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area
  • Three (3) years of teaching experience
  • Hold any full RI teaching certificate 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a Math Specialist/Consultant in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Reciprocity

*Rhode Island does not currently have a state-approved program for this certificate area; therefore, candidates can only apply for this  certificate through reciprocity. 

  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completion of 300-hour internship
  • Demonstration of meeting content competencies as prescribed by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) for an Elementary Specialist
  • NA

Valid for assignment as an English as a Second Language Specialist/Consultant in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity
  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completion of 300-hour internship
  • Demonstration of meeting the field competencies as prescribed by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

*RIDE Credential Review Requires the addition of no less than 24 semester hours of coursework in each of the following areas:

  • Introduction to English Linguistics
  • Curriculum and Methods for ESL Programs
  • Second Language Assessments and Evaluation 
  • Socio-Cultural  Foundations of ESL Education
  • Second Language Literacy for LEP Learners 
  • Theories of First and Second Language Acquisition 
  • The Supervision of ESL Programs 
  • Identification and Service to Students with Special Needs 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as an Instructional Leader in grades PK-12 in RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Reciprocity

*Rhode Island does not currently have a state-approved program for this certificate area; therefore, candidates can only apply for this  certificate through reciprocity.

  • Completion of 300-hour internship
  • Demonstration of meeting content competencies as prescribed by the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium 
  • Three (3) years of teaching experience
  • Hold any full RI teaching certificate or Support Professional Certificate 
  • NA

We offer 5 Administrator Certificates. 

Valid for assignment as a Building Level Administrator in PK-12 RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • RI-Approved Program
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity
  • Fast-Track
  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Completion of a 300-hour internship 
  • Demonstration of meeting content competencies as prescribed by the appropriate RIDE-approved national professional associations
  • 3 years of documented PK-12 professional experience 
  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

Valid for assignment as a District Level Administrator - Curriculum and Instruction in PK-12 RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity
  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Demonstration of meeting content competencies as prescribed by the appropriate RIDE-approved national professional associations
  • Hold a Building Level Administrator Certificate 

*RIDE Credential Review Requires the demonstration of meeting the Professional Competencies of the Rhode Island Standards for Educational Leadership (RISEL) and the content competencies as prescribed by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) as well as graduate-level coursework in each of the following areas of study: 

  • Learning Theory
  • Curriculum Theory Design and Development 
  • Supervision Theory, Application and Practice
  • Instructional Theory, Application and Practice 
  • Research and Evaluation Related to Curriculum and Supervision of Instruction 
  • NA

Valid for assignment as a District Level Administrator - Special Education in PK-12 RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity
  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Standards for Educational Leadership (RISEL) with an emphasis on the content required of a District Level Special Education Administrator 
  • Demonstration of content competencies as prescribed by the appropriate RIDE-approved national professional associations
  • Three (3) years professional education experience in teaching Special Education, as a Speech and Language Pathologist, as a School Social Worker, or as a School Psychologist

*RIDE Credential Review Requires the completion of nine (9) graduate level credits in special education and graduate level credits in the following areas:  

  • Supervision of Special Education Programs and Services
  • Supervision of Personnel
  • Supervision of Instruction or Program Evaluation 
  • School and District Finance 
  • NA

Valid for assignment as a School Business Administrator in PK-12 RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, or related area from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Standards for Educational Leadership (RISEL)
  • Three (3) years of professional experience in financial management or school business operations 

*RIDE Credential Review can access a Bachelor's degree in another area with a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework to include the following areas: 

  • 9 credits in Accounting
  • 3 credits in Finance
  • 3 credits in Management 
  • 9 credits in a least 2 of the following areas: 
    • Marketing
    • Law
    • Human Resources 
    • School Finance
    • School Planning
    • Information Systems 
  • NA

Valid for assignment as a Superintendent of Schools in PK-12 RI public schools. 

PATHWAYS CRITERIA ASSESSMENT
  • Credential Review: RIDE
  • Reciprocity
  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Demonstration of meeting the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Standards for Educational Leadership (RISEL)
  • Hold a Building Level Administrator Certificate or possess significant leadership experience in a school, school district, education organization, or organization other than a school

*For more information on getting certified through a RIDE Credential Review, contact the Office of Educator Excellence and Certification Services at eqac@ride.ri.gov 

  • Review the required tests document
  • Go to www.ets.org for test registration, date, and locations

On December 4, 2018, the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education approved updated educator certification regulations that include endorsements. While RIDE does not require endorsements for school assignments, adding an endorsement to current, existing, and valid Rhode Island certificate(s) is designed to expand and recognize an educator's specialty area expertise. Endorsements cannot replace a valid Rhode Island teaching certificate. 

APPROVED PROVIDER EVIDENCE OF COMPLETION
Rhode Island College Certificate of Completion
University of Rhode Island Certificate of Completion

Educators who complete a RIDE-approved program meet the expectations for proficiency within the Right to Read Act. A complete list of Literacy/Dyslexia Endorsement providers can be found on the Rhode Island Right to Read Act webpage

APPROVED PROVIDER EVIDENCE OF COMPLETION
Brown University The MLL Endorsement is part of the Brown M.A.T. program and is not offered as a stand-alone course. 
The ExcEL Leadership Academy Certificate of Completion
Rhode Island College Letter of Completion
Rhode Island School for Progressive Education Certificate of Completion
Roger Williams University Certificate of Completion
University of Rhode Island  Certificate of Completion
APPROVED PROVIDER EVIDENCE OF COMPLETION
New England Basecamp Certificate of Completion
Providence College Certificate of Completion

Coming soon. 

RIDE accepts applications annually from providers who are interested in offering a professional learning series or courses that will lead to an approved endorsement in the areas of Literacy/Dyslexia, Computer Science, Social-Emotional Learning, or Multilingual Learner

APPLICATION FORMS FOR VENDORS

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards NBPTS is recognized as the gold standard for identifying accomplished teaching.

What is National Board Certification?

Based on the Five Core Propositions of the NBPTS, National Board Certification challenges educators to demonstrate their practice against a rigorous set of standards that identify what all accomplished educators should know and be able to do. With nearly 64, 000 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) nationally and 300 within Rhode Island, the National Board represents a growing and significant voice within the field of education.

Achieving National Board Certification requires educators to provide evidence of their accomplished practice and deep content knowledge. To do this, candidates for National Board Certification complete four portfolio entries and take six assessment center exercises. The assessment process is designed to be completed in one year, although candidates can bank scores that do attain the achievement rate to earn within three years the required minimum score. Details for completing the assessment process including the portfolio entries and assessment center exercises are available to be downloaded from the National Boards website.

National Board Certification in Rhode Island

Participation in the NBPTS certification process is a major professional commitment. Interested educators should visit the NBPTS website at www.nbpts.org to examine the Five Core Propositions, certification areas, standards, and eligibility requirements. Interested educators are also encouraged to speak with others who have participated in the process to gain an understanding of the expectations all candidates must meet and the commitments involved. Prospective candidates should recognize that to ensure an equitable experience for all candidates, the National Board Certification process follows an established schedule and requirements. Prospective candidates should also note that candidates have up to three years to achieve certification.