Becoming a Teacher in Rhode Island

Explore Program, Licensing and Job Outlook Data for 2016

If you are a future Rhode Island teacher, ToBecomeATeacher.org has the tools you’ll need to navigate your career path from start to finish.  To begin, anyone hoping to teach in Rhode Island will need to complete the following critical steps:

1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to find an education program that supports your budget and short- and long-term career goals.

  • Finding an appropriate program that fits your needs is never easy. What matters to you as a student? Is cost a major concern? Are you concerned about the program’s graduation rate or job placement rate? Asking the right questions upfront will help you find a program that meets your academic and career goals while remaining within your budget.

2. Planning for Licensure in Rhode Island: To become a teacher in Rhode Island, you’ll need to complete at least a bachelor’s degree, a teacher preparation program and the state’s applicable certification exams.

3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed an education program and passed the applicable exams, you will be ready to enter the job market and launch your teaching career in Rhode Island.

  • To get started, it is important to assess where you hope to teach. What are your lifestyle priorities and salary expectations? What special skills and talents do you have and what type or school would benefit most from these assets?  Throughout this process, it is critical to continue developing your resume, expanding your education (e.g., by completing professional development courses for teachers) and gaining additional teaching experience. The more current you are when you go on the job market, the more likely you will be to obtain a full-time teaching position shortly after graduation.

Choosing an Education Program in Rhode Island

ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates just how difficult it can be to choose the right education program. With the aid of a complex algorithmic tool, we have reviewed, tested and documented top education programs across the state. Among other factors, our team has analyzed total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and much more.

Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below has shown exemplary dedication to teacher education. Indeed, these programs are among the state’s very best. Review the information below to find out which programs stand above the rest and best match your own priorities.

Rhode Island College

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 14 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 30408
  • Acceptance rate 69.15 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 39196
  • Graduation Rate 42.99 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22300

University of Rhode Island

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 17 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 49800
  • Acceptance rate 78.71 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 39196
  • Graduation Rate 63.17 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23250

Salve Regina University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 13 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 139800
  • Acceptance rate 67.06 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 39196
  • Graduation Rate 68.15 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 27000

Providence College

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 12 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 172980
  • Acceptance rate 59.79 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 39196
  • Graduation Rate 85.89 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 27000

Brown University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 8 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 182448
  • Acceptance rate 9.18 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 39196
  • Graduation Rate 94.83 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 16000

Roger Williams University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 14 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 126672
  • Acceptance rate 80.98 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 39196
  • Graduation Rate 62.02 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 27000

 

Ranking Factors Explained

Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.

How to Become a Teacher in Rhode Island

There are two primary pathways to teacher licensure in Rhode Island:

  • Pathway 1: The first pathway, for recent high school graduates, is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education at one of Rhode Island’s accredited colleges of education and write and pass the state’s required teacher licensure exams, which include the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and applicable Praxis II content exams.
  • Pathway 2: Another common pathway to teacher licensure entails completing a bachelor’s degree or higher and then completing a degree in education (e.g., a master of arts in teaching) and writing and passing the state’s required Praxis exams.

What is the Job Outlook for Teaching Careers in Rhode Island?

In 2015, there were over 4000 elementary school teachers, approximately 2400 middle school teachers and approximately 4400 high school teachers in Rhode Island. Notably, Rhode Island’s teachers are among the highest paid in the nation, reporting average salaries between $67,250 and $69,450. In recent years, Rhode Island has raised its expectations for teacher knowledge and education. In 2013, Rhode Island became one of eight states nationwide to  implement new teaching evaluations to prepare new teachers and improve existing teacher’s practices. Notably, these teacher evaluations directly correlate with licensure and advancing from three-year certificates to five-year professional certificates with satisfactory evaluations. Aspiring teachers will be entering a more competitive field in this state, and should consider building a strong resume of training and education in order to find success as a teacher. To land a coveted teaching position in Rhode Island, candidates are strongly encouraged to have a strong resume–preferably with a graduate degree in education or one’s subject field–and substantial teaching experience.

What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Rhode Island?

What online programs are available to potential teachers in Rhode Island?

Due to Rhode Island’s small size, it is no surprise that online degree offerings are limited in the state. Indeed, wherever you are located in Rhode Island, there is already one or more colleges and universities nearby.  That said, some of the state’s colleges of education do offer a limited selection of courses online and/or in a hybrid format.

 

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