Except for Career and Technical Education applicants, individuals applying for a teacher certificate in Rhode Island must pass the Praxis tests. Locate the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments for each area of certification you seek. Test results must accompany your application.
Out-of-state applicants must document preparation or experience through an interstate certification compact.
Graduates of approved educator preparation programs from another member state who have graduated within the past 5 years must submit a copy of their current, valid certificate and a prior service statement. Graduates of these approved programs must also meet Rhode Island certification test requirements to attain initial certification in Rhode Island.
Currently certified educators from other states may also seek Rhode Island certification through reciprocity. The reciprocity process provides certification in Rhode Island to applicants who hold a valid and comparable certificate from another member state of the interstate compact. Applicants must also meet specific degree requirements for certification and must meet Rhode Island certification test requirements for initial certification.
Alternate route program
To become a teacher in Rhode Island through an alternative route, candidates must apply to a Rhode Island approved alternate route program: