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
Additional FIELD EXPERIENCES
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.