Rhode Island Teacher Certification

Are you thinking of earning Rhode Island teacher certification?

From the sweeping ocean views and tiny mom and pop shops of Newport to the picturesque Riverwalk and eclectic restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island offers a small town atmosphere with big city conveniences attractive to both families and single people.

The smallest state in the country, Rhode Island proves an ideal location for those current and aspiring teachers seeking a quaint New England lifestyle while still being close to the big city. Both Boston to the north and Connecticut and New York City to the west are easily accessible by car, train, and ferry.

Despite its size, Rhode Island is home to 36 school districts, which offers fertile teaching opportunities for both new and experienced teachers. To be eligible for employment in the state, all teachers must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility for Employment (CEE), which is good for three years. A CEE will allow you to apply for jobs at schools in the state.

To quality for a CEE, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree.

  • Have completed an approved teaching program in the last five years. If you do not meet this requirement but do have teaching experience, you must provide the Department of Education with your undergraduate and graduate transcripts that illustrate you have completed a minimum of six hours of student teaching.

  • Take the Praxis exam.

  • Take and successfully pass the Rhode Island Content Knowledge and Content Area exam.

  • Pay the $50 fee.

Once you have obtained your CEE and have a job offer, you can apply for a professional certificate. A one-year professional certificate is available for a $100 fee, or you can apply for a two-year professional certificate for $500.

Rhode Island also offers a reciprocity agreement for teachers who are certified in select states and Washington D.C., which allows them to teach in the state using their current certificate. For a complete list of states with a reciprocity agreement with Rhode Island, visit www.ride.ri.gov/EducatorQuality/Certification/Reciprocity.aspx.

Teaching salaries in Rhode Island range from a minimum of $38,764 annually to a maximum of $70,721 with the average salary standing at $66,775, according to a report issued by the American Federation of Teachers in early 2010. That makes Rhode Island teacher certification one of the most competitive career opportunities for teachers.

In addition to its many outdoor activities, including sailing, fishing, and hiking, Rhode Island is home to more than 40 golf courses, to prestigious universities such as Brown University, and is less than an hour's drive from Foxwoods Casino and the famous tourist town of Mystic in neighboring Connecticut.

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