The School of Education (SOE) offers programs to prepare for teacher certification in these areas: Early Childhood (PreSchool-2), Elementary (1-6), Secondary (7-12), Music (K-12), and Physical and Health Education (K-12). The following certification extensions are also available: Middle Level Education (5-8) and English as a Second Language (for early childhood, elementary, and secondary). Adding one of these extensions to your certification area expands your employment possibilities in a competitive market. Please read the following information carefully; it is provided to ensure that your application is complete and receives the earliest possible consideration.
Prerequisites for Application to Teacher Education:
Undergraduate applicants must be current students at the University of Rhode Island. The earliest an applicant may apply is January of his or her sophomore year. Typically, students will have completed at least 39 credits by the time of admission.
Transfer students must have completed 12 credits at URI by the end of the semester prior to admission. Exception: Early Childhood Education students may apply while at CCRI through a transfer articulation agreement.
Physical and Health Education Applicants Only:
For information about admission timelines for Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE).
Secondary and Elementary Education Mathematics and Science Applicants:
If admitted to the School of Education, you may be eligible for a URI Robert Noyce Scholarship of $10,000 during your junior and senior year. See Noyce Scholarship Information for more information about this exciting opportunity.
Admission Portfolio Sessions:
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.
Requirements for all applicants:
How to apply:
For an explanation of how your application materials will be evaluated, see Overview of Admission Process.
Students interested in an education program are encouraged to meet with the appropriate education advisor in University College to plan ahead: Undergraduate applicants remain in University College pending acceptance into a Teacher Education Program.
Early Childhood Education: Phyllis Penhallow email@example.com
Elementary Education: Dr. Sandy Hicks firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondary Education: Dr. Cornelis (Kees) De Groot email@example.com
Physical and Health Education: Stephanie Champlin firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Education: Susan Thomas email@example.com
Summer and Supplemental Advising:
If you have questions and are unable to reach an advisor above, please contact:
Mrs. Annie Kammerer: firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 874-5252
If accepted, students are then assigned a School of Education advisor in the appropriate program. For a complete contact list, see School of Education Advisors.