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Masters of Arts in Education with Teacher Certification (MA/TCP) Application Information

For graduate students, the School of Education offers programs to prepare for certification in the following areas: Early Childhood (PreSchool-2), Elementary (1-6), Secondary (7-12), and Music (K-12). All of these programs lead to master’s degrees except for Early Childhood which is a teacher certification program (TCP) only. The following certification extensions are also available: Middle Level Education (5-8) and English as a Second Language. Adding one of these extensions to your certification area expands your employment possibilities in a competitive market. To learn more, see Academic Programs.


Plan to attend a Portfolio Training Session in the fall for an overview of the admissions process and specific requirements, and to ask questions: Admission Portfolio Training Sessions.


Please read the following information carefully; it is provided to ensure that your application is complete and receives the earliest possible consideration. For an explanation of how your application materials will be evaluated, visit Overview of Admission Process.


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Professionals (STEM) only: One-year stipends for approximately $40,000 will be offered to five STEM professionals seeking teacher certification. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to increase the overall number, diversity, and percentage of our teacher education candidates with STEM backgrounds. For more information, see Noyce Scholarship Information.


Requirements for Applicants:

  1. Academic
    Graduate applicants must have a B.A. or a B.S. (Music students must have a B.A. or a B.M. in music) with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. Those with a GPA of 2.5 or above may be considered with sufficient evidence of academic potential (i.e., graduate coursework, professional experience). Most Secondary Education MA/TCP applicants have a B.A. or a B.S. in the content area they hope to teach (i.e. English, Math, History, French, Biology, etc.). For advice on pre-admission coursework and advisement, see Recommended Classes and Advisement Contacts.

  2. Testing
    Admission Testing Requirement: This document provides important details about the School of Education admission testing policy, and how to prepare for and register for Praxis 1 tests if needed. Please read all pages with care. NO test scores are required at admission if applicant’s undergraduate (or master’s degree) GPA is 3.0 or higher. Applicants may also use GRE, SAT, or ACT scores if they meet the requirement; see document above for specific information.

  3. Criminal Background Check (BCI)
    BCI check is required of all applicants. For information, see How to Obtain a BCI.

  4. Admission Portfolio
    Applicants who meet above criteria must submit an Admissions Portfolio at the time of interview. Copies of appropriate letters from your Graduate School application may also be included in your portfolio. The following provide all information needed to complete the portfolio:

    About the Admission Portfolio

    Admission Portfolio Rubric

    Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS)

    School of Education Diversity Vision

    Form A

    Form C

    Form D

  5. Admission Interview
    The interview provides an opportunity to express yourself through responding to questions of importance for an aspiring educator. Be sure to review the Admission Interview Rubric prior to your interview. Please bring your Admissions Portfolio with you to your interview.


How to apply:

  1. Apply to the URI Graduate School by January 30th, 2015. Application is available online only at URI Graduate School. There, you will be prompted to submit unofficial copies of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts and two recommendations (these are online only, and linked to your application). Elementary and Secondary students: please submit your RI residency form (for in-state tuition) to Mrs. Marsha Mott at the School of Education Office, 705 Chafee, Kingston, RI 02881. Other applicants, please visit the Graduate School website above for specific instructions.

  2. In addition to the Graduate School application, submit the online School of Education Application Form between December 1, 2014 and January 30th, 2015.

  3. Submit the following application materials between January 21 and January 30, 2015 to Mrs. Janet Deignan, Office of Teacher Education, 701 Chafee Building, on campus: one copy of the School of Education Application Form, your PPST scores or computerized PPST scores (or SAT / ACT / GRE exemption scores), your BCI Check, and your college transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. At this time, you will also sign up for an interview. Interviews will begin the week of February 2nd, 2015. Admission decision letters will be sent by late March.