As Director of the School of Education, I am delighted with the quality of teacher candidates presently interested in this time-honored field of study. Our program has an excellent job placement rate for those who are seeking to become elementary, middle school, high school, or special subjects teachers. We prepare our candidates for the job market with a high-tech, on-line portfolio system that helps them collect evidence of their performance and ability to meet the needs of all students, and will be an asset when they interview for jobs. We take our students’ success very seriously.
Our program is focused on preparing students to take ownership of a classroom, from curriculum development and creating rubrics to assessing and enhancing student achievement. Whether our aspiring teachers want the satisfaction of providing first-graders with the foundations of learning or to inspire adolescents to challenge themselves and embrace new ideas, our programs will ensure they are well prepared! Take a look at a few unique aspects of the URI Education degree:
The SOE offers a MA in special education, with certification in either elementary special education (grades 1-6) or secondary special education (grades 7-12). Our competitive cohort model is designed for students who earned a bachelor's degree and teaching certification in elementary or secondary education. With a focus on evidence-based inclusive education, the MA program offers a unique three semester full-time course sequence. Candidates who continue their education at URI after earning a bachelor's degree and teaching certification have the potential to complete the MA in special education as well in a total of 5 and 1/2 years.
Teaching is a truly noble profession - our students have the responsibility of shaping our country’s future leaders. I applaud their interest in becoming educators and look forward to meeting our next group of incoming candidates. Visit Outreach Achievements and Research to learn more about some of the notable outreach and research activities connected to the School of Education.
David M. Byrd, Ph.D.
Director, School of Education