Become an Educator
Explore Pathways. Get Certified.
A Credential Review allows individuals with content knowledge and experience a pathway into teaching without completing a full educator preparation program. Individuals can contact a consortium institution for their individualized program of study.
To learn more about the certification requirements for this pathway, including available consortium institutions, click the button below.
Expert Residency is for those who have not completed a full educator preparation program but have a major or equivalent in the content area they wish to be certified in (i.e., an individual with a degree in English and a desire to be Secondary English certified).
Educators who hold certificates from the following states and territories are exempt from RI testing requirements.
District of Columbia
Enroll in and complete an in-state educator preparation program.
Obtain a master's degree in social work.
The stories that make us great
Classroom teachers are responsible for much more than instruction and content knowledge. They guide students to become independent learners, advocates for their educational and life aspirations, and foster a joy and passion for learning. Teachers hold high expectations and champion all learners while caring for the social-emotional needs of each student.
School Social Worker
Rhode Island School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who are licensed through the Rhode Island Department of Health and certified through the Rhode Island Department of Education. School Social Workers provide both direct and indirect services to students, families, and school personnel. Their services are designed to address social, emotional, economic, and environmental barriers that may interfere with a student's academic success and social functioning. Through early identification, prevention, and intervention services, school social workers support the whole student, including their needs at home, school, and in the community. They serve as the link between all aspects of students’ lives to foster supportive learning environments, close achievement gaps, and promote systemic change.
Rhode Island school counselors design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes. School counselors help students form healthy goals, mindsets, and behaviors. They lead, advocate and collaborate to promote equity and access for all students by connecting their school counseling program to the school’s academic mission and school improvement plan. They uphold the ethical and professional standards of American School Counseling Association and promote the development of the school counseling program based on the following areas of the American School Counseling Association National Model: define, deliver, manage, and assess.
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.
That’s what school should be. Human connection, human interaction. Sharing what we’re passionate about and connecting it to what they’re passionate about.”
When you're working with a student, and you see that 'aha' moment, it makes you realize, this is what I'm doing this for.”
It’s not about doing things for the kids, it’s about walking next to them and guiding them to be the best version of themselves.”
The community, the culture, it’s so diverse and varied... we have students and families from all over the world here.”