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Undergraduate Application Information

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), World Languages (P-12), Music (P-12), and Health and Physical Education (P-12). The following certification extensions are also available: Middle Level Education (5-8) for Elementary and Secondary candidates and English as a Second Language (all areas). 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; if accepted, they are admitted directly into the ECE program as of their first semester at URI.


Physical and Health Education Applicants Only:

For information about admission timelines, visit: Health and Physical Education Teacher Education (HPE).



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.  No pre-registration required: Admission Portfolio Training Sessions.


Requirements for all applicants:

  1. Academic
    Some classes are recommended or required prior to application. See Recommended Classes for more information.

    GPA requirements: Most of our applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above. Applicants with exceptional qualifications and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above may also apply. In addition, please note the following:

    Secondary Education applicants: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in your content major (English, Math, etc.)
    Music Education applicants: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in Music.

  2. Testing
    Admission Testing Requirements: All students must submit passing scores on the Praxis 1 tests with application unless waived by SAT or ACT scores. Testing document provides important details about the School of Education admission testing policy, and how to prepare for and register for Praxis 1 tests. Please read all pages with care. 

  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. The following links 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
    Often students are apprehensive about the admissions interview. The interview provides an opportunity to express yourself through responding to questions of importance for an aspiring educator. Despite any understandable nervousness, it is important to feel confident, and dress in a way that conveys respect (to yourself and to your interviewer). Be sure to review the Admission Interview Rubric prior to your interview.


How to apply:

  1. Submit online School of Education Application Form between December 1, 2015 and January 30, 2016.
  2. Between January 26 and February 3, 2016, bring the following application materials to Mrs. Janet Deignan, Office of Teacher Education, 701 Chafee Building, on campus:

    1. one copy of the School of Education online Application Form
    2. your unofficial college transcript(s)
    3. your passing admission test scores (Praxis 1 CORE, SAT, ACT, or combination)
    4. a copy of your current BCI

    At this time, you will also sign up for an interview. Interviews will begin the week of February 8, 2016. (If you are planning to be off campus for spring semester, an early interview may be arranged; contact 874-5930.)


  4. Admission decision letters will be mailed out by mid-March. Please make sure that mailing address on your application is complete and accurate.


Application Decisions

For an explanation of how your application materials will be evaluated, see Overview of Admission Process.


About Advisement

Students interested in an education program are encouraged to meet with the appropriate education advisor in University College to plan ahead. Appointments may be made through e-Campus. Undergraduate applicants remain in University College pending acceptance into a Teacher Education Program.


Early Childhood Education: Phyllis Penhallow

Elementary Education: Dr. Sandy Hicks

Secondary Education: Dr. Cornelis (Kees) De Groot

Physical and Health Education: Stephanie Champlin

Music Education: Susan Thomas


Summer and Supplemental Advising:

If you have questions and are unable to reach an advisor above, please contact:

Diana Marshall: (401) 874-5252


If accepted, students are then assigned a School of Education advisor in the appropriate program, and appointments are made directly with advisor. For a complete contact list, see School of Education Advisors.













  • The URI / RIC Ph.D in Education will have Information Session for prospective students on:
    Saturday, 10/31, from 9-11:30 a.m.
    Donovan South on the RIC Campus.