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Prospective Applicants

Master of Arts with Teacher Certification Program (MA/TCP)


Students wishing to become certified in elementary education, or in English, history, language, math, science, or social studies at the secondary level must apply for the MA/TCP Program. Students will not be admitted to the graduate school until they have completed the portfolio process.

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Applicants for elementary or one of the secondary fields must apply as master's degree students. Applicants for early childhood education, music education, or school library media certification may indicate the specific TCP program code on the application forms. Applicants must submit two official transcripts of all prior academic work, showing receipt of the bachelor's degree, plus a personal statement of objectives and two letters of recommendation.

Students who did not obtain Rhode Island teacher certification as part of their undergraduate studies may do so by being admitted to a certification program or a master's degree program with a certification option and satisfactorily completing a prescribed set of courses in the appropriate fields.

Applications for the education department programs are reviewed by each individual specialization; admission is competitive. If space becomes available for any particular program, completed applications for that program may be reviewed subsequently.

Test of Basic Skills

The PRAXIS I-PPST Academic Skills Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing are required for all applicants to teacher education programs unless you scored an 1100 or higher on your SAT exam.  For details about the tests, visit PPST Basic Skills Test.

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Certification Options

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Music Education
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Contact Names and Phone Numbers

Further information can be obtained from the Office of Teacher Education at 401-874-5930 or from the following areas of specialization:

Elementary Education (525): Sandy Hicks, School of Education, 401-874-5976

Secondary Education (525):

English: Diane Kern, 401-874- 9490 School of Education

Mathematics: Kees deGroot, School of Education, 401-874-4149

Science: Jay Fogleman, School of Education, 401-874-7036

Social Studies: Jean Goulet 401-874-7418, School of Education David Byrd, 401-874-5484

Languages: JoAnn Hammadou Sullivan, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, 401-874-4712

Music Education (070): Valerie Baker, Department of Music, 401-874-2001

School Library Media (940): Cheryl McCarthy, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, 401-874-2878

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