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Teacher Certification Program Requirements

There are three steps to getting certified:

I. Content-Area Course Work: You must complete a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent (30 credits) in  your content area.

II. Praxis Tests: The State of Rhode Island requires students to earn passing scores on two tests for certification: the Praxis II Subject Assessment of Content-Area Knowledge Test and the Principles of Learning and Teaching Test.

III. Education courses:

EDU 201 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU 207 Principles of Secondary Education (prerequisite for all other courses) 3 credits
EDU 304 The Child with Special Needs in the Regular Classroom 3 credits
EDU 402 Educational Measurements 3 credits
EDU 404 Reading in the Content Area: Strategies And Resources 3 credits
EDU 410 General Methods (final course before student teaching) 3 credits
EDU 450 Student Teaching: a 12-week, 9-credit  student teaching experience at an area secondary school that meets state and national teaching standards

In EDU 207 and 402, students will be placed for 40 hours in a classroom and will teach two fully evaluated lessons.
In EDU 410, students will be placed for 20 hours in a classroom to teach two fully evaluated lessons.
Other courses require a minimum of three field hours with specific assignments for each course.


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