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Undergraduate ProgramsStudent Teachers

Early Childhood Education
Students in the Early Childhood Education teacher certification program major in Human Development and Family Studies (HDF). Successful completion leads to a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies with teaching certification for preschool through grade 2.

Elementary Education
Students in the Elementary Education program follow the requirements outlined for an Arts and Sciences major and receive a dual degree in elementary education and an Arts and Sciences specialization. Successful completion leads to a B.A. degree and an initial teaching certificate for grades 1-6.

Secondary Education
Students in the Secondary Education program take a professional sequence of courses as well as courses in the appropriate academic specialization. Secondary certification programs are offered in biology, chemistry, general science, physics, English, modern languages, social studies, history, and math. Successful completion of the program leads to a B.A. degree and an initial teaching certificate for grades 7-12 in the area of specialization.

Physical Education
Students in the Physical Education program prepare for certification as public school teachers with additional study opportunities in coaching, athletic training, and endorsement in corrective and adaptive physical education. Successful completion of the program leads to a B.S. degree and an initial certification in K-12 physical education.

Music Education
Students in this program major in Music Education in the Department of Music. The program requires coursework in the music and education departments. Successful completion of the program leads to a B.M. degree and an initial certification in K-12 music.

Graduate Programs

URI Graduate School
Information for prospective applicants concerning application procedures, as well as an online application for all URI Graduate Studies.

M.A. Education
Students in the M.A. program declare Adult Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Reading Education as an area of specialization or a specialization may be designed in accordance with the student’s background and interests.

M.A./Teacher Certification Program
The Master of Arts in Education with Teacher Certification Program (MATCP) is for students seeking initial Rhode Island Teacher Certification while working toward a master’s degree in Education. This program is for candidates who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree and who wish to obtain a Rhode Island Teacher Certificate within the master’s program.

Post-Baccalaureate Early Childhood Education Program
The Teacher Certification Program (TCP) in Early Childhood Education is for students who have completed a bachelor's degree. The TCP is a post-baccalaureate, fully accredited certification program that prepares students to teach preschool to grade 2.


M.A. in Reading

The graduate Reading Program prepares classroom teachers to meet the International Reading Association's (IRA) Standards for Reading Professionals (Revised, 2003) at the reading specialist/literacy coach level, and the requirements for Rhode Island certification as reading specialists/consultant. Admission to the program is competitive. All students are expected to complete approximately 31 credits of coursework depending upon experience and transfer credits.

M.A. in Special Education
The graduate program in special education enables students to meet the Council for Exceptional Children standards and the requirements for RI special education certification in the area of mild/moderate disabilities at the elementary level (grades 1-6) or at the secondary level (grades 7-12).  Admission to the program is competitive.  Students complete a total of 36 credits over a 3-semester sequence.  Admission information is included on the website.

M.M. Music Education
The Master of Music in Music Education program is for students who are either certified to teach public school music or are enrolled concurrently in the Teacher Certification Program.

Master of Library & Information Studies/School Library Media


M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology


Ph.D. Education
URI and Rhode Island College offer a joint Ph.D. Program in Education that is designed for the crucial mission of preparing educational leaders for the improvement of public schools. Most entering students already have a master's degree in education or a related field.

M.S./Ph.D. School Psychology

Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy is a 12-credit graduate program that enables educators, librarians and media professionals to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies required for full participation in a read/write culture where active participation in a knowledge community requires the skillful use, creation and sharing of digital texts, tools and technologies. Courses are open to any URI graduate student in any program and to new non-matriculating students. Students can complete the program in one year. More admission information is included on the URI Providence website.

Certification Extensions

English as a Second Language (ESL)

For teachers who hold Rhode Island teacher certification in Elementary, Early Childhood, Secondary English or Foreign Languages or are presently enrolled in a University of Rhode Island approved teacher education program for one of the certification areas listed above.

Middle Grades
The middle level certification extension is valid for service in grades 5-8 in any Rhode Island middle, elementary, or junior high school in the content areas of mathematics, English, science, social studies, or world languages.












  • 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.