Those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Rhode Island should know some important information, including:
Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Rhode Island.
There are three accredited teaching degree programs offered through colleges and universities in Rhode Island. State certification requires a bachelor’s degree.
The starting salary with a teaching degree in Rhode Island is $38,466; the average salary for teachers is $58,407. Teachers with a master’s degree amount to 48.7 percent of all teachers in the state; having a master’s degree instead of a bachelor’s means a salary bump of $8,500 per year.
There are many options for financial aid, including grants and scholarships, for teaching programs in Rhode Island. Some of these are:
Antonio Cirino Memorial Award
This program offers awards to Rhode Island residents who demonstrate need financial need and are seeking a masters or doctorate in order to pursue teaching the arts.
This page is the portal for Brown University’s financial aid page, including scholarship and grant programs in education.
Providence College’s financial aid portal offers information about seven college-specific scholarships and grant programs.
University of Rhode Island Scholarships
This is the University of Rhode Island’s office of grants and scholarships, which has information on federal, state, and university-specific grants.
There are certain requirements that must be met in order to obtain a teaching license in Rhode Island. As with other states, a bachelor’s degree is required at minimum.
Certification requirements include:
Rhode Island also offers an alternative program certification for graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education. This requires completion of a program of study that is essentially equivalent to that of an accredited teacher education program. In addition, those who hold an alternative program certificate are eligible for a standard professional certificate upon completion of standard program requirements, state testing, and license recommendation. In addition, Rhode Island offers the New England Troops to Teachers program designed to allow veterans of the armed services to pursue a career in teaching.
Important Note: Rhode Island has reciprocity for out-of-state teachers from 46 other states who relocate to Rhode Island, through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification’s (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement.
To renew a license in Rhode Island, the only criteria required is documentation of “effective practice” by evaluation ratings, at least one of which must list “Developing” or higher during their certification. Professional Development is recommended and provided through RIDE (Rhode Island Department of Education).
The following resources provide additional information about becoming a professional teacher in Rhode Island and maintaining this status.
Rhode Island Department of Education
The Department of Education is an invaluable resource for teaching licensure in Rhode Island as well as general information about the school system, and is the means by which educators pursue professional development.
Rhode Island Department of Labor
The Rhode Island Department of Labor is an ideal source of information on the Rhode Island labor market and the various job opportunities in the state.
National Education Association of Rhode Island
The Rhode Island National Education Association is a combination of a union and professional organization that seeks to advocate for educators and students alike.
Comparative Salary scale 2013-2014:
This link allows comparison of teacher salary scales across Rhode Island for the 2013-2014 academic year.