Rhode Island - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Educator Licensure Policy
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In order to become a certified teacher in Rhode Island, an applicant must complete an approved teacher education program at an accredited institution and earn passing scores on content examinations.


Pursuant to Section 16‐11‐1 of Rhode Island General Laws educators in Rhode Island public schools are required to attain certification. Specifically, “no person shall be employed to teach, as principal or assistant, in any school supported wholly or in part by public money unless the person shall hold a certificate of qualification issued by or under the authority of the Board of Regents for elementary and secondary education.”   

Adopting Authority: 
State Department of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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