Rhode Island Alternative Certification Programs

(found programs from 7 schools)

Alternative certification options are limited in Rhode Island, although there are signs that may change.

The Rhode Island Teaching Fellows is the only alternative route program currently approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

This highly competitive program trains professionals and recent college graduates to become teachers in schools serving disadvantaged students. The program is a partnership between the Rhode Island Department of Education and The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national nonprofit which aims to close the achievement gap by providing excellent teachers to high-need students. Participation is limited to secondary teachers of math, science and special education. Program participants attend an intensive training institute to prepare for entry into the classroom. Once employed, participants complete their certification coursework through TNTP.

Whether the Rhode Island Department of Education adds other alternative pathways remains to be seen, but many of the state's school administrators are in favor of it. As part of an ongoing redesign of the state's certification system, the department polled administrators and principals about various aspects of state certification. 67 percent of central office administrators and 52 percent of principals voted in favor of providing alternative routes to certification.

Also promising is the fact that the department already has established clearly defined standards for approving alternative programs.

The RIDE expects to approve revisions to the certification system in early 2012. Visit the department's website at http://www.ride.ri.gov.

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