Rhode Island - Professional Program Standards and Requirements: Educator Preparation Policy

Area: 
Educator Preparation Policy
Policy Type: 
Rule
Summary: 

Rhode Island adopted five standards for teacher preparation programs.

Body: 

STANDARD ONE: PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE
Approved programs ensure that candidates develop a deep understanding of the critical concepts, principles, and practices of their field and, by program completion, are able to use practices flexibly to advance the learning of all students toward college and career readiness by achieving Rhode Island student standards.
STANDARD TWO: CLINICAL PARTNERSHIPS AND PRACTICE
Approved programs ensure that high-quality clinical practice and effective partnerships are central to preparation so that candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to demonstrate positive impact on PK-12 students’ learning and development.
STANDARD THREE: CANDIDATE QUALITY, RECRUITMENT, AND ASSESSMENT
Approved programs demonstrate responsibility for the quality of candidates by ensuring that development of candidate quality is the goal of educator preparation in all phases of the program- from recruitment, at admission, through the progression of courses and clinical experiences- and in decisions that program completers are prepared to be effective educators and are recommended for certification.
STANDARD FOUR: PROGRAM IMPACT
Approved programs produce educators who are effective in PK-12 schools and classrooms, including demonstrating professional practice and responsibilities and improving PK-12 student learning and development.
STANDARD FIVE: PROGRAM QUALITY AND IMPROVEMENT
Approved programs collect and analyze data on multiple measures of program and program completer performance and use this data for continuous improvement. Approved programs and their institutions assure that programs are adequately resourced, including personnel and physical resources, to meet these program standards and to address needs identified to maintain program quality and continuous improvement.

Adopting Authority: 
State Department of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
04/21/2016