April 18, 2018

Rhode Island Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $54,730
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $43,410

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Rhode Island schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Rhode Island teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Rhode Island-approved teacher preparation program. A discussion of approved programs is available here:
Teacher Preparation Programs and institutional Pass Rates
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


No test of basic skills is required For teacher certification in Rhode Island. However, candidates in early childhood and elementary education as well as teachers in certain specialties will need to take the following:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Rhode Island has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states. See this Web site for more information:
Interstate Certification Compacts

Facts about Rhode Island Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Rhode Island for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Rhode Island Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Rhode Island Department of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

Or you can call at (401) 222-4600.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Rhode Island teacher certification process:

Rhode Island Department of Education
Office of Educator Quality and Certification