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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)

-
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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