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To become a certified teacher in Rhode Island, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Individuals applying to become a teacher in Rhode Island must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution
  • Complete a state and nationally approved teacher education program within five years of application
  • Submit all official college transcripts and appropriate documentation
  • Complete all Praxis exams required for area licensure
  • Complete application and pay all required fees

Visit RIDE’s Department of for more information about the certification process and procedures.

Rhode Island Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Rhode Island, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Rhode Island Teacher Preparation

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here for more information about Rhode Island Alternative Certification

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers specific to the State of Rhode Island, visit our Rhode Island Teacher Scholarships page.

Rhode Island Required Tests

Applicants pursuing their Rhode Island teacher certification must successfully complete the Praxis Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) test in their designated grade level and any required Content Area assessments. Rhode Island does not require applicants to take a Basic Skills test.

Early Childhood Education

 

Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification
169
171
160
165
164
155
159
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge
Education of Young Children, or
PLT: Grades K-6
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

  • Reading & Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
Early Childhood (PreK-2)
146 English to Speakers of Other Languages
(Applicants must also take appropriate language test)
Bilingual & Dual Language Education (PreK-2)
146 English to Speakers of Other Languages English as a Second Language (PreK-2)

 

Elementary Education

 

Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification
160

165
164
155
159
PLT: K-6
Elementary Education:
Multiple Subjects

  • Reading & Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
Elementary Education (1-6)
146 English to Speakers of Other Languages
(Applicants must also take appropriate language test)
Bilingual & Dual Language Education (1-6)
146 English to Speakers of Other Languages English as a Second Language (1-6)

 

Middle Grades Education

All applicants seeking Middle Grades (5-8) certification are required to successfully complete PLT: Grades 5-9 along with any required Content Area assessments(s).

 

Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification
160 PLT: Grades 5-9 All Middle Grades content areas
146 English to Speakers of Other Languages
(Applicants must also take appropriate language test)
Bilingual and Dual Language Education
162 Middle School English Language Arts English (Elementary Certificate & Stand Alone)
146 English to Speakers of Other Languages English as a Second Language
158 Middle School Mathematics Mathematics (Elementary Certificate & Stand Alone)
154 Middle School Science Science (Elementary Certificate & Stand Alone)
160 Middle School Social Studies Social Studies (Elementary Certificate & Stand Alone)
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162
163
161
168
Select appropriate language test(s):

  • French: World Language
  • German: World Language
  • Latin
  • Spanish: World Language
World Languages (Elementary Certificate & Stand Alone)

 

Secondary Education

All applicants seeking Secondary Education (7-12) certification are required to successfully complete PLT: Grades 7-12 along with any required Content Area assessments(s).

 

Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification
157 PLT: Grades 7-12 All Secondary Education content areas
520 Agriculture Agriculture
146 English to Speakers of Other Languages
(Applicants must also take appropriate language test)
Bilingual and Dual Language Education
157 Biology: Content Knowledge Biology
167 Business Education: Content Knowledge Business Education
156 Chemistry: Content Knowledge Chemistry
166 English Language: Literature and Composition: Content & Analysis English
146 English to Speakers of Other Languages English as a Second Language
153 General Science: Content Knowledge General Science
142 Mathematics: Content Knowledge Mathematics
146 Physics: Content Knowledge Physics
162 Social Studies: Content Knowledge Social Studies
162
163
161
168
Select appropriate language test(s):

  • French: World Language
  • German: World Language
  • Latin
  • Spanish: World Language
World Language

 

Special Education

 

Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification
163
160
157
Special Education.: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, and
PLT: Grades K-6 -or-
PLT: Grades 7-12
Blind or Visually Impaired (PreK-12)
160
160
157
Special Education: Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students, and
PLT: Grades K-6 -or-
PLT: Grades 7-12
Deaf & Hard of Hearing (PreK-12)
159 Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood Early Childhood Special Education
164
160
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications
PLT: Grades K-6
Elementary/Middle School Special Education (K-8)
164
157
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications
PLT: Grades 7-12
Middle/Secondary Special Education (7-12)
164

160
157
Special Ed.: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications -or-
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
PLT: Grades K-6 -or-
PLT: Grades 7-12
Severe Intellectual Disability (PreK-12)

 

Rhode Island Certification Reciprocity

Rhode Island will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

 

Alabama Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois
Indiana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico
New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming

 

Rhode Island Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Rhode Island provides no support for teachers teaching in high needs schools or teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Rhode Island has strong induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Rhode Island makes $65,020
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Rhode Island makes $64,550
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Rhode Island makes 158% of the salary of the average worker in Rhode Island
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Rhode Island receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

“Rhode Island is a ‘local control’ state, meaning that all hiring of teachers and other personnel is done on the local level by one of our 36 school districts. Because of this, the Rhode Island Department of Education has no comprehensive list of job openings for educational positions in Rhode Island.” – RIDE.RI.gov

However, RIDE does offer a job vacancy platform through SchoolSpring, which lists exclusive teaching jobs within Rhode Island public schools.

Rhode Island Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Rhode Island.

Contact Information

Rhode Island Department of Education

255 Westminster Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02903

401-222-8897 – Contact

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