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Teacher Certification Program

Fast Track to Certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies and World Languages. If you’ve dreamed about becoming a teacher, Providence College’s School of Continuing Education (SCE) can help you turn your dream into reality. Whether you’re looking to change careers or begin your career life, the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) allows you to pursue your goal of becoming a teacher on a part-time basis with courses scheduled in the late afternoon or evening. Our approved program prepares you to enter the education profession as a fully certified teacher without requiring you to earn a master’s degree.

The Providence College family is a close-knit community. You will find small classes with other motivated adult learners like yourself; outstanding faculty made up of current and former teachers, principals, and superintendents; and personal attention and advising before you begin, while you are in the TCP, and after you achieve your teacher certification.

TCP Highlights:

  • Secondary Grades (Grades 7-12) or World Language (All Grades) teacher certification with as few as six education courses plus student teaching
  • Expert faculty with extensive classroom and administrative experience
  • Preparation for teaching in at least 46 states
  • Courses offered fall, spring, and summer in a variety of formats (on-campus, online, and blended/hybrid)
  • $1050 per course, with scholarships and financial aid available

Why the TCP at Providence College? We provide a convenient way to earn Secondary Grades certification (grades 7-12) in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies or World Language certification (grades PreK-12) in French, Italian, and Spanish without requiring you to earn a master’s degree. If you already hold a bachelor’s degree, you can earn certification by completing as few as six education courses and student teaching. Our TCP is approved by the RI Department of Education for full Initial certification and can be used (through reciprocity) to achieve certification/licensure in at least 45 other states.

To learn more about the TCP courses, school-based experiences, student teaching, and other certification requirements, visit the TCP Curriculum Information page

The TCP Admission and Application Information page provides information about the TCP admission criteria and required application materials. When you are ready, you may apply online. 

To get started on your journey to teacher certification: Meet with the TCP Coordinator, Dr. Katherine Hibbard

Dr. Hibbard brings over 35 years of teaching experience, both in public schools as a special educator and in teacher education at the college level. She also has experience as a college certification officer and can guide individuals through the in’s and out’s of Rhode Island’s teacher certification process.  She will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your goals, answer your questions, and assist you in applying and registering for courses. To schedule a meeting, call 401.865.2487 or email sce@providence.edu.

Try before you apply: You may take up to two courses before you decide to apply to the TCP.  It’s an excellent way to see if our program is a good fit for you. When you’ve made your decision, visit our Admissions Page for information about the application process.

Other TCP Options

The School of Continuing Education at Providence College offers other options leading to certification, as well:

  • Combined Teacher Certification/Bachelor’s Degree Students who have not earned their bachelor’s degree may enroll in an SCE bachelor degree program and earn Secondary Grades or World Languages (All Grades) teaching certification while completing their undergraduate degree.
  • Teacher Certification/Master of Education in Urban Teaching Program Are you interested in obtaining your master’s while earning your secondary school certification?  Learn about our Combined Teacher Certification Program [TCP] and Master of Education in Urban Teaching 
  • The RI Credential Review Consortium Pathway to Certification The RI Credential Review Consortium Pathway allows individuals who have successfully taught in grades 7-12 for a minimum of two years an alternative route to certification in RI.
    Providence College will assist qualified individuals to determine a possible route to gain secondary certification.  Candidates must provide evidence of professional development, coursework, and successful evaluations that meet the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards