If you’re looking to become a teacher in Rhode Island but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the Rhode Island Teaching Fellows is an alternative route you can take to become a certified teacher in a short period of time. Here is a look at what the program is all about and what you need to know to apply.
Program Mission and Overview
This highly selective program offers prospective teachers the opportunity to gain hands-on teaching experience in the classroom by completing a pre-service training session in the summer and then working full time as a teacher. In addition, candidates are required to complete coursework to better prepare themselves for a teaching career.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates interested in participating in this program must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in math, science or English. Candidates may also apply if they have the required course credits in any of these areas.
- Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
- Be legally able to work in the United States.
- Meet course credit and testing requirements for the state of Rhode Island, including passing the PRAXIS II in the desired subject area.
- Not have a teaching certificate in another state.
- Pass a background check.
- Tuition for this program is $6,000, which must be paid in full during the course of the year.
- Candidates must also pay for PRAXIS testing and other licensing costs as needed.
Those who take part in this program may be eligible for the AmeriCorps Education Award, which may be used to repay student loans but cannot be used to pay tuition directly.