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Teacher Certification Program

If you’ve dreamed about becoming a teacher, Providence College School of Continuing Education (SCE) can help put you on the fast track to turning your dream into reality.

Here’s how our Teacher Certification Program (TCP) makes it possible for you to become a teacher:

  • Get certified to teach secondary (grades 7 – 12) Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics or Social Studies with as little as six classes (if you already hold a bachelor’s degree) plus clinical experience in the school setting and student teaching – no master’s degree required. No bachelor’s degree? You can earn it at the same time as your certification (see the TCP Application page for details)
  • Take classes on a part-time flexible basis, with courses offered year-round in the late afternoon or evening, as well as online.
  • Learn from expert faculty with extensive classroom and administrative experience, including current and former teachers, principals and superintendents.
  • Join a small, close-knit community and enjoy small classes with other motivated adult learners like yourself.
  • Receive 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.
  • Take advantage of surprisingly affordable tuition that’s less than most state schools in the region, at $375 per credit ($1125 per class), with scholarships and financial aid available.
  • Hold your 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 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 Curriculum
The curriculum includes:

  • Coursework: Six courses as outlined in the required course list below (students may receive up to 6 hours of transfer credit for Education courses, not including Student Teaching)
  • 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

  • EDU 201 – Educational Psychology 3 credits
  • EDU 207 – Principles of Secondary Education 3 credits
  • EDU 304 – The Child with Special Needs in the Regular Classroom 3 credits
  • EDU 402 – Educational Measurement 3 credits
  • EDU 404 – Reading in the Content Area 3 credits
  • EDU 410 – General Methods 3 credits

Explore Our Other Teacher Certification Program Options

Combined Teacher Certification and Urban Teaching Master of Education If you want to achieve a master’s degree while also becoming certified to teach, and you have a particular interest in teaching in the urban setting, this one-of-a-kind program is for you. It provides a path to secondary grades certification and focuses on preparing teachers to succeed in diverse, urban classrooms.
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Combined Teacher Certification and Mathematics Master of Education Are you interested in becoming a middle or high school teacher and sharing your love of mathematics? Do you already have a bachelor’s degree or strong background in mathematics?  Our combined Teacher Certification Program (TCP) and Mathematics Master of Education (M.Ed.) program provides a path to secondary grades certification while developing your advanced math skills in this high-demand subject area.
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Teacher Certification Program and Bachelor’s Degree If you haven’t yet earned a bachelor’s degree, you may be eligible to earn the degree and then apply into the TCP.   Our TCP and SCE advisers can help you determine which degree program would best suit your needs and goals.  Students are permitted to take the first two Education courses while working on the bachelor’s degree.
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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.