Teacher Certification/Master of Education in Urban Teaching Program
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Teacher Certification and Master of Education

Teacher Certification and Master of Education in Urban Teaching

Interested in becoming a high school teacher? Looking for a program that sets you on a path for teacher certification and a master’s degree? Our combined Teacher Certification Program [TCP] and Master of Education in Urban Teaching [M.Ed.] is for you.

This one-of-a-kind program is offered by the Providence College Schools of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. It provides an alternative path to secondary school certification and focuses on training teachers to succeed in diverse, urban classrooms. In other words, it’s real preparation for real classrooms — those with the most need.

The TCP/M.Ed. will provide you with:

  • Certification to teach secondary (grades 7 – 12) Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics and Social Studies (with completion of clinical experience in the school setting, student teaching and successful completion of certification exam – view the complete TCP curriculum for details)
  • Preparation to teach students of diverse backgrounds and in urban communities where teachers are most needed
  • The specialized skills and methods necessary to help reduce the achievement gap in urban schools
  • A part-time, flexible course schedule, with courses offered year-round in the late afternoon or evening, as well as online
  • Expert faculty with extensive classroom and administrative experience, including current and former teachers, principals and superintendents
  • A small, close-knit community of other motivated adult learners like yourself in a small class environment
  • Personal attention and advising before you begin, throughout the program, and after you’ve achieved certification. TCP Coordinator Dr. Katherine Hibbard brings over 35 years of teaching experience as well as experience as a college certification officer and can guide you through the ins and outs of Rhode Island’s teacher certification process.
  • Surprisingly affordable tuition that’s less than most state schools in the region. Our graduate-level tuition is $440 per credit ($1,320 per class), with scholarships and financial aid available.
  • Certification from a prestigious institution – Providence College has repeatedly been named the top regional university in the northern U.S. by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The ability to teach in 46 states; the TCP is approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education for full initial certification and can be used (through reciprocity) to achieve certification/licensure in at least 45 other states.
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The TCP/M.Ed. Curriculum
Our curriculum addresses the biggest challenges in today’s urban high school classroom. You’ll learn about classroom management, cultural competency, project-based learning, and ESL methods, among other best practices. We prepare teachers to engage students and help them set and achieve their academic goals.

The curriculum includes:

  • Coursework: 42 credits as outlined in the required course list below
  • Clinical Experience: 60 hours of experience in school settings prior to student teaching. Our Placement Director works with TCP students to arrange their clinical experiences, which are often completed at one of our partner schools
  • Certification Testing: All students seeking certification must complete the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis test for grades 7-12 and a content area test. All TCP content certification areas require a passing score on the appropriate Praxis content area test.
  • Student Teaching: Student teaching is a full-time, 12-week experience in classroom in grades 7-12, which is often completed in one of our partner schools. It is the final requirement in the Teacher Certification Program. The Clinical Educator (host teacher) and a Providence College faculty member provide supervision and feedback throughout the experience. Weekly seminars are conducted by the faculty member, as well. Students register for EDU 455 – Student Teaching in the Secondary School (9 credits/3 courses)

Required Courses

Other TCP Options
Combined Teacher Certification/Bachelor’s Degree
If you haven’t yet earned a bachelor’s degree, you may enroll in an SCE degree program and earn your teaching certification while completing the required undergraduate degree. Our TCP adviser can help you determine which degree program would best suit your needs and goals.

The Rhode Island Credential Review Consortium Pathway to Certification
Individuals who’ve successfully taught in grades 7 – 12 for a minimum of two years may qualify for this alternative route to teaching certification in Rhode Island. PC SCE will assist qualified individuals in pursuing this option.