STATE OF RHODE ISLAND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND & PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
255 westminster Street
Providence, R.I. 02903

(401) 277-2031
FAX (401) 277-6178
Voice/TDD (401) 277-2031

This document contains the information you need to apply for Rhode Island certification. In order to provide more efficient service, we have changed the certification application process. Please refer to the included regulations for the areas in which you are seeking certification. In order to begin processing your request, you must submit the information as noted below and on the General Instructions sheet (new applicants only). Upon receipt of all required documentation, your application will be forwarded to a certification consultant for evaluation. Response time from receipt of your credentials is usually within two weeks, but can be extended during peak months of July, August, and September. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE PROCESSED.

REQUIRED INFORMATION/DOCUMENTATION
(NEW APPLICANTS PLEASE REFER TO THE GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS SHEET)

INITIAL APPLICATION (NEW) (PROVISIONAL)

PLEASE NOTE ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE PROCESSED, INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU PLEASE REFER TO THE ABOVE ITEMS TO ENSURE COMPLETENESS OF YOUR APPLICATION.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

Chapter 16-11-1 of the General Laws of Rhode Island requires that all educational personnel be properly certified PRIOR to being employed in an educational setting which requires certification.

  1. 1. COMPLETE APPLICATION FORM: Please TYPE or PRINT. All questions must be answered accurately and completely. Entry of false information could result in denial or revocation of your certificate. Only current applications, (applications completed within two (2) months), can be processed. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE PROCESSED.
  2. 2. CERTIFICATION PROCESSING FEE: A money order or personal check for $25.00, payable to the GENERAL TREASURER, State of Rhode Island, must accompany each application. THIS FEE WILL ALSO COVER ANY OR ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED AT THE TIME OF THE INITIAL APPLICATION. No application will be evaluated without the fee. THE FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE. Applications remain on file for two (2) years; inactive applications are destroyed after the two (2) year period.
    ALL OTHER CERTIFICATION/PROCESSING FEES: AFTER the issuance of the initial certificate(s), a money order or personal check for $10.00, payable to the GENERAL TREASURER, State of Rhode Island is required for review of the following: the renewal of a certificate; issuance of extended certificates; evaluation for additional certification areas; and requests for a duplicate certificate. THIS FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
  3. 3. TRANSCRIPTS: You must submit original college transcripts showing all degree(s). ONLY ORIGINAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS ARE ACCEPTED.
  4. 4. NATIONAL TEACHERS' EXAMINATION (NTE)*: Except for certain certificates, regulations required that all individuals applying for the first time in Rhode Island after December 1, 1986 must take the CORE BATTERY of the NTE. This examination is administered by the Educational Testing Service, CN 6051, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6051, Telephone # (609) 771-7395. You may also contact your local college or university to register for the NTE. Passing scores for the subtests are:

    			Communication Skills 		657 
    			General Knowledge 		649 
    			Professional Knowledge 		648 
    			Total Composite Score 		1954
    

    An individual may also achieve a passing score if he/she achieves a composite score of at least 1954 and does not score more than four (4) points lower than the specified passing score on any of the subtests.

    No person shall be barred from certification solely because of his or her score on any standardized teachers examination. The Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education may require those persons who score below a pre-set level on such an examination to undergo a successful job performance review, based on criteria established by the Board of Regents, annually for three (3) years. Said teacher's certification shall be given provisionally on an annual basis during said time.

    SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR NTE SCORES WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

    *Vocational teachers are not required to complete the NTE exam. Vocational Educators are required to complete the NOCTI Exam.

  5. PRIOR SERVICE STATEMENT: Administrative and support professional certificates require professional experience for issuance. You must submit official statement(s) from all employers (Superintendent or designee) indicating length of service, grade level and area(s) of teaching experience and/or experience in an educational setting.
  6. INTERSTATE CERTIFICATION COMPACT (ICC) OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS: (See enclosed list of states participating in the ICC.)

    1. Graduates of approved teacher education programs within the last five (5) years under the ICC do not need to submit a copy of their certificate or a prior service statement. Graduates of these approved programs, who have also taken the National Teachers Exam, are entitled to initial certification in Rhode Island.
    2. Experienced teachers seeking certification under the Interstate Certification Compact (ICC) must submit, in addition to items #1 - 5, a copy of their certificate from the originating state and an official statement from the Superintendent of Schools (or designee) verifying at least twenty-seven (27) months of experience within the last seven (7) years from the date of application.
  7. NORTHEAST REGIONAL CREDENTIAL (NRC): The Northeast Regional Credential, entitles you to be employed in the credential title(s) for a period not exceeding two years in the following jurisdictions: Connecticut*, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Refer to the enclosed application form for more information concerning the NRC. (*Connecticut issues all NRC titles, however, Connecticut will not accept any NRC certificates.)
  8. SUBSTITUTE TEACHING: Requirements for substitute teaching in Rhode Island are the same as for full-time teaching service, with the exception of recency of study (see #9) and the National Teachers' Exam (see #4).
  9. RECENCY OF STUDY: Individuals who do not possess a Master's Degree at the time of their application must show recency of study; that is, six semester hours of college work within the past five (5) years.

    RETURN YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE WITH ALL CREDENTIALS TO:

    RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
    OFFICE OF TEACHER PREPARATION, CERTIFICATION &
    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    THE SHEPARD BUILDING
    255 WESTMINSTER ST.
    PROVIDENCE, RI 02903-3400

    TEL. NO. (401) 277-4600; TDD/VOICE 277-4600 X 2011

    NOTE: AN EVALUATION OF YOUR CREDENTIALS FOR CERTIFICATION IS BASED UPON CURRENT REGULATIONS AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME NEW CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE ADOPTED.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

ACCREDITED INSTITUTION			Any postsecondary institution accredited by one of 							the six regional accrediting commissions.

APPROVED IN-SERVICE COURSE WORK         Staff development activities which have been                                                    approved, prior to the initiation of the activity, by the                                                       Office of Teacher Education and Certification. Such                                                     approval        will also indicate number of credit hours to                                                    be allowed for the activity.

APPROVED INSTITUTION			Any Rhode Island postsecondary institution approved
                                        by the Board of Governors for Higher Education.

APPROVED PROGRAM                        A postsecondary teacher education program holding
                                        current approved status under the program standards
                                        of the State Department of Education. Initial                                                   certification is granted to individuals who have                                                        completed an approved program within the last five                                                      years.

DEMONSTRATED TEACHING EXPERIENCE 	A statement from the Superintendent of Schools or 							his/ her designee indicating the actual experience in 							terms of subject area, grade level, and length of said 							experience.

EVIDENCE OF COURSE WORK			Official college transcripts bearing the seal of the
                                        institution.

GRADUATE LEVEL				Coursework taken at an accredited post-secondary
                                        institution which offers graduate courses. Such
                                        course work will be indicated as graduate level on the
                                        institution's transcripts and/or in the catalog.

IN-SERVICE CREDIT HOURS			One (1) in-service credit hour may be earned by an
                                        individual who participates in fifteen (15) contact                                                     hours of Department of Education approved in-                                                   service activity.

TEACHING ENDORSEMENTS			Those areas an individual may teach that are not
                                        covered under the existing certificates and for which
                                        the stated endorsement requirement has been met.

TYPES OF CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

SUBSTITUTTE-CERTIFICATE-- valid for one (1) year

Issued to educators who do not meet all the requirements for provisional certification but who have completed an approved teacher preparation program or who were certified as a professional educator. The substitute certificate is issued to individuals who are interested in day to day assignments in local school districts.

Renewal

The Substitute Certificate can be renewed annually at the request of the individual and payment of certification fee.

SPECIAL. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for two (2) years

Issued to educators who have:

The special provisional certificate is designed primarily for individuals who do not meet current certification requirements but who are in need of certification to hold a position or maintain a position in a local school district.

NOTE: This certificate does not apply in the area of Vocational Education.

The Special Provisional Certificate is not-renewable.

PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three (3) years

Issued to educators who have completed all the Rhode Island certificate requirements for specific areas of certification (see requirements for area of certification).

Renewal

The Provisional Certificate can be extended at the end of three years with the completion of six credits during these three years.

The provisional certificate is not renewable for individuals who have taught in the public schools of Rhode Island for three years. These educators must qualify for professional certification. (see professional certification)

PROFESSIONAL - valid for five (5) years

Issued to educators who have

Renewal

This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine (9) credits and verification of continued teaching experience in the area of certification. Six (6) of the nine (9) credits must be graduate level course work either in the certification area or in an area directly related to that area. Three (3) of the nine (9) credits may be approved professional development units.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five-year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five (5) year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.

LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for Life

Issued to educators who have completed

a Master's Degree in the area of certification from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education and six (6) years of teaching experience in the area of certification of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island,

or

a Master's Degree in any field of education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in the area of certification either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience in the area of certification, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island,

or

a Master's Degree in a field other than education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education and 21 semester hours of graduate level course work in the area of certification either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience in the area of certification, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island,

TEACHING CERTIFICATES:

  1. EARLY CHILDHOOD
  2. ELEMENTARY TEACHER
  3. ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE SPECIALIST
  4. SCHOOL NURSE TEACHER
  5. SECONDARY:

    A. Agriculture                             G. Science (specify science area)
    B. Business Education-Social, Secretarial  1. Biology              3. General Science
    C. English                                 2. Chemistry             4. Physics
    D. Foreign Language (specify language)     H. Social Studies (must qualify for history
                                                  and at least one of the following social
                                                  studies areas:
    E. History                                  1. Anthropology         4. Sociology
    F. Mathematics                              2. Economics            5. Political Science
                                                3. Geography
                                                I. Other Academic Areas not listed above (for
                                                   emerging secondary areas only)
    
  6. SPECIAL EDUCATION:

    • Special Educator-Early Childhood
    • Special Educator-Elem. & Middle Level
    • Special Educator-Middle/Secondary Level
    • Special Educator-Severe Profound Disabilities
    • Special Educator-Blind/Partially Sighted
    • Special Educator-Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  7. SPECIAL SUBJECTS:

    	A. Art					G. Technology Education
    	B. Dance				H. Library/Media
    	C. Health				I. Music
    	D. Physical Education			J. Theater
    	E. Health/Physical Education		K. Other Special Subject Areas not listed above
    	F. Home Economics			(for emerging PK-12 areas only)
    
  8. VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TEACHER (specify Vocational field)

SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES:

	1. School Counselor			4. Speech/Language Pathologist
	2. School Psychologist			5. Reading Specialist/Consultant
	3. School Social Worker

ADMINISTRATIVE CERTIFICATES:

	1. Administrator of Curriculum/Instruction	5. Reading Supervisor/Director
        2. Administrator of Special Education           6. Secondary Principal
        3. Elementary Principal                         7. Special Subjects Administrator
        4. Guidance Supervisor                          8. Superintendent of Schools

ENDORSEMENTS TO CERTIFICATES:

	1. bilingual-Bicultural Endorsement	4. English as a Second Language Endorsement-
        2. Driver Education                        Subject Content Area Teachers
        3. English as a Second Language         5. Middle School Endorsement
	Endorsement Elem., Early Child., Sec. 	6. Endorsement for Adapted Physical Education
	English & Foreign Language

RHODE ISLAND

REQUIREMENTS FOR AN EARLY CHILDHOOD CERTIFICATE

I. Provisional, CERTIFICATE: valid for three (3) years.

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these

    B. Completion of an approved program, within five (5) years from date of application, designed for the preparation of early childhood school teachers.

    C. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program, as defined in I-B. shal1 present evidence of six semester hours of student teaching in an early childhood setting and not less than twenty-four semester hours of course work to include work in each of the following content areas:

    Child Growth & Development; Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Education; Reading Readiness and Developmental Reading; Health and Nutrition for the Young Child; Child, Family, and Community Relationships; and identification of and Service to Special Needs Children.

    D. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teachers Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR THREE YEARS. HOLDER MUST QUALIFY FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT TAUGHT FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENT UNDER II-A.

NOTE: The student, teaching requirement may be waived for an applicant, who has had two or more documented years of successful teaching experience in an approved early childhood setting. Certified Elementary or Secondary teachers who have had two or more years of teaching experience and who seek Early Childhood certification may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one-year supervised internship at the early childhood level. After completing the necessary course work for the early childhood certification, and arranging through the local community for a one-year internship at the early childhood level, the individual request the issuance of a one-year temporary provisions1 certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance and the supervisor must have at least three (3) years of teaching experience. Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three-year provisional certificate.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for five (5) years,

    A. Completion of six credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island, Three of the six credits may be approved in-service course work, Three of the six credits must be college credits from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five-year professional certificate,

    C. Three years of documented teaching experience in an approved early childhood education setting in Rhode Island while on provisional certification, This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee,

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine credits and verification of continued teaching experience as an early childhood teacher, Six of the nine credits must be graduate level course work either in early childhood education or in an area directly related to early childhood education, Three of the nine credits may be approved in-service course work,

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five-year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above, In addition, any teaching experience during the five-year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee,

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for life,

    A. Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with a concentration in early childhood education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience in an Early Childhood setting, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    B. Master's Degree in any field of Education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen {15) semester hours of graduate level course work in early Childhood Education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience in an Early Childhood setting, of which three (3) years must he in Rhode Island, or

    C. Master's Degree in a field other than Education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and 21 semester hours of graduate level course work in Early Childhood Education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience in an Early Childhood setting, of which three (3) .years must be in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ELEMENTARY TEACHING CERTIFICATE

This certificate is valid for teaching in grades one through eight, except where grades seven and eight are organized on the middle or secondary school plan,

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for three (3) years.

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations,

    B. Completion of an approved program, within five (5) years from date of application, designed for the preparation of elementary school teachers,

    C. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program, as defined in I-B, shall present evidence of six semester hours of student teaching in the elementary grades and not less than twenty-four semester hours of course work to include work in each of the following content areas:

    Child Growth & Development; Methods and Materials of Teaching Reading, Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies in the Elementary Schools; The Arts: Identification of and Service to Special Needs Children; and Foundations of Education.

    D. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode island must take the Core Battery of the National Teachers Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL, CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR THREE YEARS. HOLDER MUST QUALIFY FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT TAUGHT FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL. CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED T0 AN EXTENSION OF THE, PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENT UNDER II -A,

NOTE: The student teaching requirement may be waived for an applicant who has had two or more documented years of successful teaching experience in an approved elementary setting. Certified teachers who have had two or more years of teaching experience and who seek Elementary certification may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one-year supervised internship at the elementary level. After completing the necessary course work for the elementary certificate, and arranging through the local community for a one-year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one-year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance and the supervisor must have at least 3 years of teaching experience Upon successful completion of the internship. the individual will be issued a three-year provisional certificate.

II. PROFESSIONAL, CERTIFICATE: valid for five (5) years.

    A. Completion of six credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three of the six credits may be approved in-service course work. Three of the six credits must be college credits from an accredited or approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five-year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of documented teaching experience on the elementary level in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine credits and verification of continued teaching experience as an elementary teacher. Six of the nine credits must be graduate level course work either in elementary education or in an area directly related to elementary education. Three of the nine credits may be approved in-service course work. The nine semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional Certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete six (6) college credits or in-service credits for renewal.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five-year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during' the five-year period is to be documented b7 the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for life.

    A. Master's Degree in Elementary Education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education. as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience at. the elementary level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    B. Master's Degree in any field of Education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen (15} semester hours of graduate level course work in elementary education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience at the elementary revel, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    C. Master's Degree in a field other than Education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and 21 semester hours of graduate level course work in elementary education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six years of teaching experience at the elementary level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SECONDARY TEACHING CERTIFICATE

This certificate is valid for teaching in grades seven through twelve, except where grades seven and eight are organized on the elementary school plan.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for three (3) years.

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Completion of an approved program, within 5 years from date of application, designed for the preparation of secondary school teachers.

    C. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program, as defined in I-B, shall present evidence of six semester hours of student teaching in the secondary grades and not less than eighteen (18) semester hours of course work to include work in each of the following content areas;

    Adolescent Psychology, Secondary Methods, Measurements and Evaluation, Identification of and Service to Special Needs Students, Teaching of Reading in the Content Area, and Foundations of Education.

    D. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teachers Exam prior to being certified.

    NOTE: The student teaching requirement may be waived for an applicant who has had two or more documented years of successful teaching experience in an approved secondary setting. Certified teachers who have had two or more years of teaching experience and who seek secondary certification may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one-year supervised internship at the secondary level. After completing the necessary course work for secondary certification, and arranging through the local community for a one-year internship at the secondary level, the individual may request the issuance of a one-year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance and the supervisor must have at least 3 years of teaching experience. Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three-year provisional certificate.

    E. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS:

    		REQUIREMENTS			SEMESTER HOURS
    
                    1. Agriculture                          36
    
    		2. Business Education
                            Secretarial Business            36
                            Social Business                 36
    
                    3. English                              30
    
                    4. History                              30*
    		*May include up to six (6) semester hours of
    		Social Studies course work in areas defined
    		in the Social Studies certificate (see #8).
    
    		5. Language
                            A classical language            30*
                            A foreign language              30*
    		*Certified classical or foreign language teachers,
    		having earned initial certification with 30 credits,
    		are entitled to additional language certification 
    		with 24 semester hours of language credit.
    
    
    NOTE: A statement showing competency in the classical or foreign language in which an applicant wishes to be certified may be presented to waive certain portions of the academic requirements for provisional certification in the classical or foreign language. This statement, attesting to proficiency in the areas of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and a knowledge of the civilization and culture, must be submitted by a qualified official at the preparing institution or an authorized agent of the Board of Regents for Education. The decision to waive a portion of the academic requirements in the classical or foreign language will be made by the Department of Education.
    
                    6.     Mathematics                      30
    
                    7.      Science                         30*
                            a.      General Science         30
                                    (Must include at least 6 semester hours each 
    				in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry or as 
    				otherwise prescribed by law).
                            b.      Biology                 30
                            c.      Chemistry               30
                            d.      Physics                 30
    
    		*Certified science teachers, having earned initial certification with 30 credits, are entitled 			to additional science certification with 24 semester hours in an area of science.
    
                    8. Social Studies                       36*
    		*The issuance of a social studies certificate requires 24 semester hours in history as
    		required for a history certificate. The social studies certificate is valid for the teaching of
    		history and will be endorsed to teach any academic area in which an individual has
    		completed six semester hours. Academic areas include anthropology, economics,
    		geography, political science, and sociology.
    
                    9. Academic Areas not listed above      18*
    		*A teaching certificate will be issued in any academic area not listed above provided the 			candidate has met all requirements listed under parts A and C of Section I and has 18 			semester hours of credit in the academic area for which certification is sought.
    

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR THREE YEARS. HOLDER MUST QUALIFY FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT TAUGHT FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENT UNDER II-A.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for five (5) years.

    A. Completion of six credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three of the six credits may be approved in-service course work. Three of the six credits must be college credits from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five-year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of documented teaching experience on the secondary level in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine credits and verification of continued teaching experience as a secondary teacher. Six of the nine credits must be on the graduate level, and three of the six graduate credits must be in the academic area in which secondary certification is held. Three of the nine credits may be in approved in-service course work. The nine semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional Certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete any six (6) college credits or in-service credits for renewal.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five-year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate. Any teaching experience during the five-year period must be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee. An extension will be granted for the period of time the certificate was not used in the public schools of Rhode Island.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for life.

    A. Master's Degree in the academic field in which provisional certification is held from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience at the secondary level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    B. Master's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in the academic field in which provisional certification is held' either as a part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience at the secondary level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

Individuals who desire to secure certification in secondary education by means of transcript evaluation will be required to submit evidence that they have completed appropriate academic course work (see Preamble for required course work in each academic area). The Certification Office will publish an updated list annually of academic content areas required for each secondary area of certification. This list of courses will take into consideration the desired distribution and appropriate level of academic course work which must be completed by individuals desiring to teach in the secondary grades.

PREAMBLE

ACADEMIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS IN SECONDARY SUBJECTS FOR CERTIFICATION BY TRANSCRIPT ANALYSIS

Within the 36 credits for Agriculture certification, the candidate must have course work in Plant Science, Animal Science, Related Mechanics and Related Economics.

SOCIAL BUSINESS

Within the 36 credits for Social Business certification, the candidate must have course work in Accounting, Marketing, Management, Business Law, Introduction to Computer Science, Word (Document) Processing, and two courses in Typewriting/Keyboarding.

SECRETARIAL BUSINESS

Within the 36 credits for Secretarial Business certification, the candidate must have course work in Accounting, Marketing, Management, Business Law, Introduction to Computer Science, Word (Document) Processing, Abbreviated Writing and Transcription, and two courses in Typewriting/Keyboarding.

ENGLISH

Within the 30 credits for English certification, the candidate must have course work in Composition, American Literature, and English Literature.

HISTORY

Within the 30 credits for History certification, the candidate must have course work in History of Western Civilization, United States History, European History, and a non-western history. Six semester hours may be included in the Social Studies areas (see Social Studies).

FOREIGN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES

Within the 30 credits for a Foreign Language certification, the candidate must have course work in Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Grammar and Conversation, Literature, Culture and Civilization.

MATHEMATICS

Within the 30 credits for Mathematics certification, the candidate must have course work in the basic math areas of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Math course work in Number Theory, History of Math, Statistics, and two courses in calculus. Course work in basic math areas may not be required for individuals who have completed 30 semester hours in Math with a sequence of higher level course work. GENERAL SCIENCE

Within the 30 credits for General Science certification, the candidate must have course work in: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics unless otherwise qualified by law.

BIOLOGY

Within the 30 credits for Biology certification, the candidate must have course work in Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Genetics, and Ecology.

CHEMISTRY

Within the 30 credits for Chemistry certification, the candidate must have course work in General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.

PHYSICS

Within the 30 credits for Physics certification, the candidate must have course work in General Physics and Modern Physics.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Within the 36 credits for Social Studies certification, the candidate must have 24 credits in History, as outlined previously under History. The Social Studies certificate may be endorsed to teach other areas of Social Studies by completing six (6) credits in any of the following content areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL SUBJECTS CERTIFICATE

This certificate is valid for teaching the special subject(s) listed below in all grades in the public schools of Rhode Island.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for three (3) years.

    A. Bachelor's degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Completion of an approved program, within five (5) years from date of application, designed for the preparation of special subject teachers.

    C. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of at least six semester hours of student teaching in the special subjects field. This student teaching must include placement at both the elementary and secondary levels. The applicant must also present evidence of at least eighteen semester hours of course work to include work in each of the following content areas:

    Human Growth and Development; Foundations of Education; Methodology (must include at least one course in the Special Subjects field); Measurement and Evaluation; Identification of and Service to Special Needs Students; and the Teaching of Reading in the Content Area.

    D. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teacher Exam prior to being certified.

    NOTE: The student teaching requirement may be waived for an applicant who has had two or more documented years of successful teaching experience in the special subject field prior to applying for certification in Rhode Island. Certified teachers who have had two or more years of teaching experience and who seek a special subject certificate may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one-year supervised internship in the special subjects field. After completing the necessary course work for the special subjects certificate, and arranging through the local community for a one-year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one-year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance, and the supervisor must have at least 3 years of teaching experience. The internship must include placement at both the elementary and secondary levels. Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three-year provisional certificate.

    E. Academic Requirements:

    	Requirements				Semester Hours
    		1. Art 						36
    
    		2. Dance 					24
    
    		3. Health 					24
    
    		4. Physical Education 				24
    
                    5. Health and Physical Education                48
    		(twenty-four semester hours in each area)
    
    		6. Home Economics 				36
    
                    7. Technology Education                         36
    
                    8. Library/Media                                36
    
    		9. Music 					36
    
    		10. Theater 					24
    
                    11. Special Subject Areas not listed above      18*
    
    	*	A teaching certificate will be issued in any special subject area not listed above provided the candidate has met all  requirements listed under Parts A and C of Section I and has 18 semester hours of credit in the special subject area for which certification is sought.
    
    

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR THREE YEARS. HOLDER MUST QUALIFY FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT TAUGHT FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENT UNDER II-A.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for five (5) years.

    A. Completion of six credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three of the six credits may be approved in-service course work. Three of the six credits must be college credits from an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course, work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits credits for the issuance of a five-year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of documented teaching experience in the special subjects field in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

    NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine credits and verification of continued successful experience as a special subject teacher. Six of the nine credits must be on the graduate level, and three of the six graduate credits must be in the special subject area in which special subject certification is held. Three of the nine credits may be approved in-service course work. The nine semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional Certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete any six (6) college credits or in-service credits for renewal.

    Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five-year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for life.

    A. Master's Degree in the special subject field in which provisional certification is held from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience in the special subject field, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island

    OR

    B. Master's Degree in any field of education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in the special subject field in which provisional certification is held either as a part of or beyond the Master's Degree in education, and six (6) years of teaching experience in the special subject field, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

    OR

    Master's Degree in a field other than Education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and 21 semester hours of graduate level course work in the special subject field either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience in the special subject field, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

    Individuals who desire to secure certification in a special subject field by means of transcript evaluation will be required to submit evidence that they have completed appropriate special subject course work. The certification Office will publish an updated list annually of special subject course work required for each special subject field. This list of courses will take into consideration the desired distribution and appropriate level of special subject course work which must be completed by individuals desiring to teach in the special subject field(s).

    Persons serving as teacher of theater and dance as of 10/1/85 shall be eligible to continue to perform in their present capacity under the certificate they now hold.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS IN THE SPECIAL SUBJECT FIELDS

FOR CERTIFICATION BY TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION

Within the 36 credits for Art certification, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas: two courses in art history and studio course work in at least seven of the following nine areas: Drawing, Painting, Design, Ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking, Crafts, Photography, and Metals.

DANCE

Within the 24 credits for Dance certification, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas: the various types of Dance including ballet, ballroom, ethnic, folk, jazz, and modern; dance History; Dance Production/Stagecraft; Choreography and Improvisation; and Human Anatomy.

HEALTH

Within the 24 credits for Health certification, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas: Human Physiology and Anatomy, Microbiology, Genetics, Personal Health, Substance Use and Abuse, First Aid, CPR, Consumer Health, Nutrition, Mental Health, Physical Fitness, Human Sexuality, Ecology, Community Health, and Social Health.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Within the 24 credits for Physical Education, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas; Human Anatomy, Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Physical Training, Team Sports, Individual Sports, Aquatics, Kinesiology, Physiology of Exercise, Adaptive Physical Education, CPR, First Aid, Elementary School Games and Procedures, and Dance.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Within the 48 credits for Health and Physical Education, the candidate must have 24 semester hours in Health Education as previously identified under the category of Health and 24 semester flours in Physical Education as previously identified under the category of Physical Education.

HOME ECONOMICS

Within the 36 credits for Home Economics, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas: Family Interaction, Clothing and Textiles, Consumer Economics, Foods and Nutrition, Home Management, and Community Relations.

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Within the 36 credits for Technology Education certification, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas: Graphic Arts Technology, Construction Technology, Electronic Communications, Energy & Transportation, Technical & Computerized Drafting, Materials Processing and Computer Assisted Drafting and Design.

LIBRARY/MEDIA

Within the 36 credits for Library/Media certification, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas: Introduction to Libraries, Library Administration, Selection and Organization of Library Materials/Equipment (cataloging and classification), Production of Media, Reference Materials, School Library/Media Center, Multi-Media in the Library, and Computer Literacy.

MUSIC

Within the 36 credits for Music certification, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas: Music Theory (Harmony, Sightsinging, Dictation, Counterpoint), Applied Music, Large Ensemble, Conducting, History of Music, and Music Composition.

THEATRE

Within the 24 credits for Theater certification, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas: History of the Theater; theatrical Production; Basic Acting Skills and Techniques; Technical Aspects of Theater such as scenery, lights, makeup, sound, properties, costume, and special effects; and Creative Drama or Children's Theater.

RHODE ISLAND

This Certificate is valid for service as a teacher and supervisor in the special subject fields endorsed thereon. Special. subjects are: Art, Dance, Health and Physical Education, Home Economics, Industrial Arts, Library/Media, Music and Theater.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE valid for three years.

    A. Master's Degree, or thirty-six semester hours of approved study beyond Bachelor's Degree from an institution approved by the Board of Regents for Education.

    B. Eligibility for a Rhode Island teacher's certificate in the special subject field.

    C. Fifteen semester hours of courses approved as preparation for supervisory service, including one or more courses for supervision of instruction in the special subject field,

    D. Three years of successful teaching experience in the special subject field.

NOTE: THIS CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE, HOLDER MUST QUALIFY FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE AFTER HAVING SERVED THREE YEARS IN RHODE ISLAND UNDER THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE valid for life,

    A. Fifteen semester hours of study beyond IA,

    B. Same as II.

    C, Same as IC.

    D. Three years of successful experiences a supervisor in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENDORSEMENT IN ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Holders of certificates valid for teaching Physical Education may obtain an endorsement to teach Adapted Physical Education by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Three (3) semester hours of approved course work relating to the Characteristics and Needs of Special Populations.
  2. Six (6) semester hours of approved course work in Adapted Physical Education.
  3. A practicum in physical activities with school age population of special needs children. This practicum must be a minimum of forty- five (45) contact hours.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL ENDORSEMENT

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Holders of secondary school certificates may obtain an endorsement to teach their specific subjects or fields in the middle school (grades 5-8) by completing six semester hours of approved study. Approved study includes child psychology and either methods of teaching the subject in the elementary/middle school OR middle school curriculum, OR a reading course

Persons holding a secondary certificate without an endorsement for middle schools may continue to teach their subject field in grades 7 and 8 of a middle school.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Holders of elementary school certificates may obtain an endorsement to teach a specific subject or field in the middle school (grades 5-8) by meeting the academic course requirements listed below and completing six semester hours of approved study. Approved study includes adolescent psychology and either methods of teaching the subject field in the secondary. middle school, OR middle school curriculum.

	Academic Requirements			Semester Hours

	Mathematics					18
	English						18
	Science						18
	Social Studies					18
	Humanities					18
	Foreign Language				18

Persons holding an elementary certificate without an endorsement for middle schools may continue to teach in grades 5-6 of a middle school.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ENDORSEMENT ELEMENTARY, EARLY CHILDHOOD, SECONDARY ENGLISH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Holders of an elementary, early childhood. secondary English and foreign language teaching certificate may obtain an endorsement to teach English as a Second Language at the appropriate grade level by meeting the following requirements:

NOTE: INDIVIDUALS CERTIFIED WITH AN ESL ENDORSEMENT PRIOR TO OCTOBER 1, 1992 ARE EXEMPT FROM THESE REGULATIONS.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE SPECIALIST

This certificate is valid for service as an English as a Second Language Specialist (self-contained or resource model program) in all grades {PK-12) of the public schools of Rhode Island.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for three (3) years

    A. Bachelor's degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Completion of an approved program designed for the preparation of English as a Second Language teachers.

    C. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of at least six semester hours of student teaching in English as a Second Language. This student teaching must include placement at both the elementary and secondary levels. The applicant must also present evidence of at least twenty-four semester hours of coursework to include work in each of the following content areas:

    Human Growth and Development, Identification and Service to Special Needs Students, Introduction to English Linguistics, Theories of First and Secondary Language Acquisition, Curriculum and Methods for ESL Programs, Second Language Assessment and Evaluation, Socio-Cultural Foundations of ESL Education, and Second Language Literacy for LEP Learners.

    D. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teachers Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: The student teaching requirement may be waived for an applicant who has had two or more documented years of successful teaching experience in English as a Second Language prior to applying for certification in Rhode Island. Certified teachers who have had two or more years of teaching experience and who seek an English as a Second Language certificate may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one-year locally supervised intern- ship in English as a Second Language. After completing the necessary coursework for the English as a Second Language certificate, and arranging through the local community for a one-year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one-year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance, and the supervisor must have at least 3 years of teaching experience. The internship must include placement at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three-year provisional certificate.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR THREE YEARS. HOLDER MUST QUALIFY FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT TAUGHT FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENT UNDER II-A.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for five (5) years.

    A. Completion of six credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three of the six credits may be approved in-service coursework. Three of the six credits must be college credits from an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied coursework requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five-year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of documented teaching experience in English as a Second Language in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine (9) credits and verification of continued successful experience as an English as a Second Language teacher. Six of the nine credits must be on the graduate level, and three of the six graduate credits must be in English as a Second Language. Three of the nine credits may be approved in-service coursework. The nine semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete six (6) college credits or in-service credits for renewal.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five-year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five-year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for life.

    A. Master's Degree in English as a Second Language from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience as an English as a Second Language teacher, of which three {3) years must be in Rhode Island.

    OR

    B. Master's Degree in any field of education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in English as a Second Language either as part of or beyond the Master's Degree in education, and six (6) years of teaching experience as an English as a Second Language teacher, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

NOTE: THIS CERTIFICATE IS NOT VALID FOR SERVICE AS A GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER (ELEMENTARY) TEACHER AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL OR AS A SUBJECT CONTENT AREA TEACHER AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ENDORSEMENT FOR SUBJECT CONTENT AREA TEACHERS

This endorsement of a subject content area certificate {excluding English)is valid for service as a teacher of Limited English Proficient students, in a self-contained setting, receiving instruction in the subject content area. For special subjects teachers, this endorsement is valid in all grades {PK-12) and for secondary certified teachers, the endorsement is valid in grades 7 through 12.

The following coursework is required for this endorsement:

REQUIREMENTS FOR BILINGUAL - BICULTURAL ENDORSEMENTS

Elementary Teachers Holders of elementary school certificates may obtain an endorsement to serve as all elementary bilingual-bicultural teacher by completing nine semester hours in the following areas:

  1. . Methods and Materials in Bilingual Education in Elementary Education
  2. Social Foundations of Bilingual-Bicultural Education
  3. Current Issues in Bilingual Education

In addition. an individual must show a demonstrated proficiency in sneaking, reading. and writing in a language other than English and an understanding of the history and culture, associated with the target language.

This proficiency must be attested to by an official designated by the Commissioner of Education at approved colleges or universities in Rhode Island. Forms for this purpose will be provided by the Office of Teacher Certification.

Secondary Teachers

Holders of secondary school certificates may obtain an endorsement to teacher specific subject or field in bilingual-bicultural programs by completing nine semester hours in the following areas:

  1. Methods and Materials in Bilingual Education in Secondary Education
  2. Social Foundations of Bilingual-Bicultural Education
  3. Current Issues in Bilingual-Bicultural Education

In addition. an individual must show the demonstrated proficiency as noted above for elementary teachers.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE READING SPECIALIST/CONSULTANT CERTIFICATE This certificate is valid for service as follows:

  1. Diagnosis and remediation of reading disability cases at the elementary and or/secondary level.
  2. Teaching of developmental reading at the secondary level.
  3. Implementation of reading programs K-12 as consultant to the classroom teacher.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three years.

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Eligibility for a provisional Rhode Island teacher's certificate.

    C. Master's Degree in reading or completion of twenty-four semester hours of graduate level course work in reading which must include course work in the Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Disability, The Supervision of Reading Programs, Research in Reading, and a minimum of six semester hours in a Reading Clinic or Practicum.

    D. Three years of documented classroom teaching experience.

NOTE: THIS CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE: HOLDER MUST QUALIFY FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION UPON SERVING THREE YEARS IN RHODE ISLAND UNDER THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT TAUGHT FOR ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life.

    A. Master's Degree in reading from an approved program or a Master's Degree from an approved program to include, as part of or beyond the Master's Degree, twenty-four semester hours of the graduate level course work in reading identified in Section I-C.

    B. Three years of successful experience as a reading specialist/consultant in Rhode Island.

Effective October 1, 1986 *

* Teachers presently performing as reading teacher-specialist will follow certification requirements which were effective as of 8-1-74.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE READ1NG SUPERVISOR/DIRECTOR CERTIFICATE

This certificate is valid for service as a reading supervisor, director, or coordinator of reading programs,

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three years.

    A. Eligibility for a professional reading specialist/consultant certificate,

    B. Nine semester hours of graduate level course work in educational administration in the areas of Supervision of Personnel, Educational Program Planning, and Curriculum Development and Evaluation,

NOTE: THIS CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE: HOLDER MUST QUALIFY FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE UPON SERVING THREE YEARS IN RHODE ISLAND UNDER THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT TAUGHT FOR ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE,

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life,

    A. Same as I-A,

    B. Same as I-B,

    C. Three years successful experience as a reading supervisor/director in Rhode Island,

    D. Fifteen semester hours of graduate level course work in Educational Administration and Curriculum beyond the requirements in I-B,

Effective October 1, 1986

REQUIREMENTS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATOR

(Birth through Kindergarten) This certificate is valid for service as a teacher of children birth through kindergarten who have disabilities (mild, moderate to severe/profound). This certificate is also valid for service as a diagnostic prescriptive teacher (DPT) for this population.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three (3) years.

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined by these regulations.

    B. Eligibility for an Early Childhood Teacher's Certificate.

    C. Completion of an approved program designed for the preparation of teachers of children with disabilities at the early childhood level within five (5) years from date of application.

    D. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of a minimum of two hundred (200) clock hours of supervised student teaching or intern experience within the context of an approved teacher preparation program for young children who have disabilities at the early childhood level; and, not less than twenty-four (24) semester hours of courses approved by the Department of Education for the preparation of teachers of children who have disabilities at the early childhood level in the following content areas:

      Introduction to Exceptional Children; Orientation to Early Childhood Special Education; Behavior Management; Motor, Communication and Cognitive Skills Development; Methods of Supporting and Involving Families with Children Who Have Special Needs; Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities; Curriculum and Methodologies in Early Childhood Special Education; and Medical Aspects of Disabilities.

    E. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teacher Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: The practice teaching or intern experience may be waived for applicants who have had two (2) or more documented years of successful experience as an early childhood special education teacher prior to applying for certification in Rhode Island. Certified special education teachers who have had two (2) or more years of special education teaching experience and who seek additional special education certification may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one (1) year supervised internship at the appropriate level and setting. After completing the necessary course work for the special education certificate and arranging through the local community for a one (1) year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one (1) year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance and the supervisor must have at least three (3) years of special education teaching experience. Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three (3) year provisional certificate. Teachers of students who have severe/profound disabilities must also meet the eligibility requirement under section I-B.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE REQUIRES THE COMPLETION OF SIX (6) CREDITS AS INDICATED UNDER SECTION II-A BELOW. THESE SIX (6) CREDITS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL OR A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SIX (6) CREDIT REQUIREMENT BUT WHO HAVE NOT SERVED FOR THREE (3) YEARS AS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATOR IN RHODE ISLAND. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ADDITIONAL SIX (6) CREDITS TO ACQUIRE A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE NEED ONLY DOCUMENT THREE (3) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATOR IN RHODE ISLAND FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for five (5) years.

    A. Completion of six (6) credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three (3) of the six (6) credits may be approved in*service course work. Three (3) of the six (6) credits must be college credits from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section Ill) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five (5) year professional certificate.

    B. Three (3) years of documented teaching experience as an early childhood special education teacher in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five (5) years upon the completion of nine (9) credits and verification of continued teaching experience as an early childhood special education teacher. Six (6) of the nine (9) credits must be graduate level course work in special education. Three (3) of the nine (9) credits may be approved in-service course work. The nine (9) semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete six (6) college credits or in-service credits for renewal. Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five (5) year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five (5) year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for life.

    A. Master's Degree in Special Education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience as an early childhood special education teacher of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    B. Master's Degree in any field of education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree and six (6) years of teaching experience as an early childhood special education teacher of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    C. Master's Degree in a field other than education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and twenty-one (21) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as an early childhood special education teacher of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATOR - ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE LEVEL This certificate is valid for service as a teacher of students with mild/moderate disabilities ages 5 through 13 or as a teacher of students with mild/moderate disabilities who are in any class grades K through 8. This certificate is also valid for service as a diagnostic prescriptive teacher (DPT) for this population.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three (3) years.

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Eligibility for a Rhode Island Early childhood or Elementary Teacher's certificate.

    C. Completion of an approved program designed for the preparation of teachers of students who have mild/moderate disabilities at the elementary and middle levels within five (5) years from date of application.

    D Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of a minimum of two hundred 200 clock hours of supervised student teaching or intern experience within the context of an approved preparation program for teachers of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the elementary and middle levels, and not less than twenty-four (24) semester hours of courses approved by the Department of Education for the preparation of teachers of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the elementary and middle levels in the following content areas:

      Introduction to Education of Exceptional Students; Characteristics of Students with Special Needs; Behavior Management; Assessment of Students who have mild/moderate disabilities; Curriculum and Methodologies for students who have mild/moderate disabilities at the elementary and middle levels; Language and Speech Development; Collaboration, Home/School/Community; and Teaching of Reading.

    E. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the core Battery of the National Teacher Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: The practice teaching or intern experience may be waived for applicants who have had two (2) or more documented years of successful experience as a teacher of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the elementary or middle level prior to apply for certification in Rhode Island. Certified special education teachers who have had two (2) or more years of special education teaching experience and who seek additional special education certification may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one (1) year supervised internship at the appropriate level and setting. After completing the necessary course work for the special education certificate, and arranging through the local community for a one (1) year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one (1) year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance and the supervisor of the internship must have at least three (3) years of special education teaching experience. Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three (3) year provisional certificate. Teachers of students who have severe/profound disabilities must also meet the eligibility requirements under Section I-B.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE REQUIRES THE COMPLETION OF SIX (6) CREDITS AS INDICATED UNDER SECTION II-A BELOW. THESE SIX (6) CREDITS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL OR A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SIX (6) CREDIT REQUIREMENT BUT WHO HAVE NOT SERVED FOR THREE (3) YEARS AS AN ELEMENTARY OR MIDDLE LEVEL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER IN RHODE ISLAND. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ADDITIONAL SIX (6) CREDITS TO ACQUIRE A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE NEED ONLY DOCUMENT THREE (3) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS AN ELEMENTARY OR MIDDLE LEVEL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER IN RHODE ISLAND FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five (5) years.

    A. Completion of six (6) credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three of the six (6) credits may be approved in-service course work. Three (3) of the six (6) credits must be college credits from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate and who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see Section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five (5) year professional certificate.

    B. Three (3) years of documented teaching experience as an elementary or middle level special education teacher in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five (5) years upon the completion of nine (9) credits and verification of continued teaching experience as a teacher of students with mild to moderate disabilities at the elementary or middle level. The first renewal requires the completion of six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in reading. The remaining three (3) credits may be approved in-service course work. Further renewals require the completion of six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education. The remaining three (3) credits may be in approved in-service course work. The nine (9) semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional Certificate and who lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete any six (6) college credits or in-service credits for renewal.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five (5) year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five (5) year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life

    A. Master's Degree in special education which must include six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in reading either as part of or in additional to the Master's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the elementary or middle level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    B. Master's Degree in any field of education which must include fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education and six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in reading either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the elementary or middle level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    C. Master's Degree in a field other than education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and twenty-one (21) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education and six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in reading either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the elementary or middle level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

Effective October 1, 1995

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATOR - MIDDLE AND SECONDARY LEVEL

This certificate is valid for service as a teacher of students with mild/moderate disabilities ages 14-21 or as a teacher of students with mild/moderate disabilities who are in any class grades 7 through 12. This certificate is also valid for service as a diagnostic prescriptive teacher (OPT) for this population.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three (3) years

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Eligibility for a Rhode Island Elementary or Secondary Teacher's certificate.

    C. Completion of an approved program designed for the preparation of teachers of students who have mild/moderate disabilities at the middle and secondary levels within five (5) years from date of application.

    D. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of a minimum of two hundred (200) clock hours of supervised student teaching

    or

    intern experience within the context of an approved preparation program for teachers of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the middle and secondary levels, and not less than twenty-four (24) semester hours of courses approved by the Department of Education for the preparation of teachers of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the middle and secondary levels in the following content areas:

      Introduction to Education of Exceptional Students; Characteristics of Students with Special Needs; Behavior Management; Assessment of students who have mild/moderate disabilities; Curriculum and Methodologies for students who have mild/moderate disabilities at the middle and secondary levels; Language and Speech Development; Vocational Programming; Collaboration, Home/School/Community; and Teaching of Reading.

    E. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teacher Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: The practice teaching or intern experience may be waived for applicants who have had two (2) or more documented years of successful experience as a teacher of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the middle school or secondary level prior to applying for certification in Rhode Island. Certified special education teachers who have had two (2) or more years of special education teaching experience and who seek additional special education certification may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one (1) year supervised internship at the appropriate level and setting. After completing the necessary course work for the special education certificate, and arranging through the local community for a one (1) year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one (1) year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance and the supervisor of the internship must have at least three (3) years of special education teaching experience. Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three (3) year provisional certificate. Teachers of students who have severe/profound disabilities must also meet the eligibility requirement under Section I-B.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE REQUIRES THE COMPLETION OF SIX (6) CREDITS AS INDICATED UNDER SECTION II-A BELOW. THESE SIX (6) CREDITS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL OR A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SIX (6) CREDIT REQUIREMENT BUT WHO HAVE NOT SERVED FOR THREE (3)YEARS AS A MIDDLE OR SECONDARY LEVEL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER IN RHODE ISLAND. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ADDITIONAL SIX (6) CREDITS TO ACQUIRE A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE NEED ONLY DOCUMENT THREE (3) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS A MIDDLE OR SECONDARY LEVEL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER IN RHODE ISLAND FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five (5) years

    A. Completion of six (6) credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three of the six (6) credits may be approved in-service course work. Three (3) of the six (6) credits must be college credits from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate and who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see Section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five (5) year professional certificate.

    B. Three (3) years of documented teaching experience as a middle or secondary level special education teacher in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five (5) years upon the completion of nine (9) credits and verification of continued teaching experience as a teacher of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the middle or secondary level. The first renewal requires the completion of six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in reading. The remaining three (3) credits may be approved in-service course work. Further renewals require the completion of six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education. The remaining three (3) credits may be approved in-service course work. The nine (9) semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional Certificate and who lack only the experience .requirement. These individuals may complete any six (6) college credits or in-service credits for renewal.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five (5) year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five (5) year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life

    A. Master's Degree in special education which must include six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in reading either as part of or in addition to the Masters Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the middle or secondary level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    B. Master's Degree in any field of education which must include six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in reading either as part of or in addition to the Masters Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the middle school or secondary level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    C. Master's Degree in a field other than education which must include six (6) semester hours of graduate level course work in reading either as part of or in addition to the Masters Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and twenty-one (21) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who have mild to moderate disabilities at the middle or secondary level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

RHODE ISLAND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATOR OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE SEVERE/PROFOUND DISABILITIES

This certificate is valid for service as a teacher of students with severe/profound disabilities age 3 through 21 or as a teacher of students with severe/profound disabilities who are in any grade PreK through 12 whose educational program is focused primarily on mobility, communication, and functional daily living skills. This certificate is also valid for service as a diagnostic prescriptive teacher (DPT) for this population.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three (3) years.

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Completion of an approved program designed for the preparation of teachers of students who have severe/profound disabilities within five (5) years from date of application.

    C. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of twelve (12) semester hours of basic education course work in Foundations of Education, Teaching Reading in the Elementary Grades, Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary Grades, and Teaching Math in the Elementary Grades, in addition to the special education course work required in section I-D.

    D. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of a minimum of three hundred (300) clock hours** of supervised student teaching or intern experience within the context of an approved preparation program for teachers of students who have severe/profound disabilities. In addition the applicant must complete not less than twenty-seven (27) semester hours of courses approved by the Department of Education for the preparation of teachers of students who have severe/profound disabilities in the following content areas:

      Introduction to Education of Exceptional Students; Characteristics of Students With Specials Needs; Organization of Programs for students with severe or profound disabilities; Observation, Assessment and Interpretation of Life Patterns; Applications of Child Development with Emphasis on Mobility, Communication and Interaction; Curriculum and Methodologies for young students with severe or profound disabilities (3-12); Curriculum and Methodologies for adolescents and young adults with severe or profound disabilities (13-21 +); Adaptations, Instructional Methodology, and Technology for students with Physical Impairments and Sensory Impairments; Parents and Surrogates with Emphasis on Roles and Relationships; and Behavior Management.

    **At least two hundred (200) of these hours must be with students who have severe and/or profound disabilities and at least one hundred (100) hours must be with children who have physical and/or sensory impairments.

    E. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teacher Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: The practice teaching or intern experience may be waived for applicants who have had two (2) or more documented years of successful experience as a teacher of students who have severe/profound disabilities prior to applying for certification in Rhode Island. Certified special education teachers who have had two (2) or more years of special education teaching experience and who seek additional special education certification may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one (1) year supervised internship at the appropriate level and setting. After completing the necessary course work for the special education certificate, and arranging through the local community for a one (1) year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one (1) year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance and the supervisor of the internship must have at least three (3) years of special education teaching experience. Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three (3) year provisional certificate.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE REQUIRES THE COMPLETION OF SIX (6) CREDITS AS INDICATED UNDER SECTION II-A BELOW. THESE SIX (6) CREDITS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL OR A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SIX (6) CREDIT REQUIREMENT BUT WHO HAVE NOT SERVED FOR THREE (3) YEARS AS A SEVERE/PROFOUND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER IN RHODE ISLAND. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ADDITIONAL SIX (6) CREDITS TO ACQUIRE A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE NEED ONLY DOCUMENT THREE (3) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS A SEVERE/PROFOUND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER IN RHODE ISLAND FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five (5) years.

    A. Completion of six (6) credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three of the six (6) credits may be approved in-service course work. Three (3) of the six (6) credits must be college credits from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate and who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five (5) year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of documented teaching experience as a teacher of students who have severe/profound disabilities in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

NOTE This certificate may be renewed every five (5) years upon the completion of nine credits and verification of continued teaching experience as a teacher of students who have severe/profound disabilities. Six (6) of the nine (9) credits must be graduate level course work in special education. Three (3) of the nine (9) credits may be approved in-service course work. The nine (9) semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional Certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete any six (6) college credits or .in-service credits for renewal.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five (5) year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five (5) year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: valid for life.

    A. Masters Degree in special education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who have severe/profound disabilities, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    B Masters Degree in any field of Education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in addition to the Masters Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who have severe/profound disabilities, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    C. Masters Degree in a field other than education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and twenty-one (21) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in addition to the Masters Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who have severe/profound disabilities, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATOR - BLIND/PARTIALLY SIGHTED

This certificate is valid for service as a teacher of students who are blind/partially sighted ages birth through twenty-one. This certificate is also valid for services as a diagnostic prescriptive teacher (DPT) to this population.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three (3) years

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Eligibility for a Rhode Island Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary teacher's certificate.

    C. Completion of an approved program designed for the preparation of teachers of students who are blind/partially sighted within five (5) years from date of application.

    D. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of a minimum of two hundred (200) clock hours of supervised student teaching or intern experience within the context of an approved teacher preparation program for students who are blind/partially sighted, and not less than twenty-four (24) semester hours of courses approved by the Department of Education for the preparation of teachers of students who are blind/partially sighted in the following content areas:

      Introduction to Education of Students who are Blind/Partially Sighted; Psychology of Students who are blind/partially sighted; Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Eye; Assessment for students who are blind/partially sighted; Curriculum and Methods for students who are blind/partially sighted; Fundamentals of Reading and Writing Braille; Foundations of Orientation and Mobility; Techniques of Working with the Severe/Multi-Disabled; and Behavior Management.

    E. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teacher Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: The practice teaching or intern experience may be waived for applicants who have had who have had two (2) or more documented years of successful experience as a teacher of students who are blind/partially sighted prior to applying for certification in Rhode Island. Certified special education teachers who have had two (2) or more years of special education teaching experience and who seek additional special education certification may fulfill the student teaching by completing a one (1) year supervised internship at the appropriate level and setting. After completing the necessary course work for the special education certificate and arranging through the local community for a one (1) year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one (1) year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance and the supervisor of the internship must have at least three (3) years of experience as a teacher of the blind/partially sighted. Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three (3) year provisional certificate. Teachers of students who have severe/profound disabilities must also meet the eligibility requirement under section I-B. (OVER)

NOTE:. THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE REQUIRES THE COMPLETION OF SIX (6) CREDITS AS INDICATED UNDER SECTION II-A BELOW. THESE SIX (6) CREDITS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL OR A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SIX (6) CREDIT REQUIREMENT BUT WHO HAVE NOT SERVED FOR THREE (3) YEARS AS A TEACHER OF THE BLIND/PARTIALLY SIGHTED IN RHODE ISLAND. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING AN EXPENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ADDITIONAL SIX (6) CREDITS TO ACQUIRE A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE NEED ONLY DOCUMENT THREE (3) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS A TEACHER OF THE BLIND/PARTIALLY SIGHTED IN RHODE ISLAND FOR ISSUANCE OF A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five (5) years

    A. Completion of six (6) credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three (3) of the six (6)credits may be approved in-service course work. Three (3) of the six (6) credits must be college credits from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate and who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see Section Ill) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five (5) year professional certificate.

    B. Three (3) years of documented teaching experience as a teacher of students who are blind/partially sighted in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the superintendent of Schools or his/her designee, or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five (5) years upon the completion of nine (9) credits and verification of continued teaching experience as a teacher of students who are blind/partially sighted. Six (6) of the nine (9) credits must be graduate level course work in special education. Three (3) of the nine (9) credits may be approved in-service course work. The nine (9) semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for Life Professional certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete any six (6) college credits or in-service credits for renewal.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five (5) year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five (5) year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life

    A. Master's Degree in special education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who are blind/partially sighted, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    B Master's Degree in any field of education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations. and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who are blind/partially sighted, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    C. Master's Degree in a field other than education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and twenty-one (21) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in additional to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who are blind/partially sighted, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATOR - DEAF/HARD OF HEARING

This certificate is valid for service as a teacher of students who are deaf/hard of hearing ages birth through twenty-one. This certificate is also valid for services as a diagnostic prescriptive teacher (DPT) to this population.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three (3) years

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Eligibility for a Rhode Island Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary Teacher's certificate.

    C. Completion of an approved program designed for the preparation of teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing within five (5) years from date of application.

    D. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of a minimum of two hundred (200) clock hours of supervised student teaching or intern experience within the context of an approved program designed for the preparation of teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing, and not less than twenty-four (24) semester hours of courses approved by the Department of Education for the preparation of teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing in the following content areas:

      Introduction to Education of students who are deaf/hard of hearing; Psychology of students who are deaf/hard of hearing; Speech Science and Audiology; Language for students who are deaf/hard of hearing; Communication for students who are deaf/hard of hearing; Curriculum and Methods for students who are deaf/hard of hearing; and Behavior Management.

    E. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teacher Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: The practice teaching or intern experience may be waived for applicants who have had two (2) or more documented years of successful experience as a teacher of students who are deaf/hard of hearing prior to applying for certification in Rhode Island. Certified special education teachers who have had two (2) or more years of special education teaching experience and who seek additional special education certification may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one (1) year supervised internship at the appropriate level and setting. After completing the necessary course work for the special education certificate, and arranging through the local community for a one (1) year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one (1) year temporary provisional certificate. The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance and the supervisor of the internship must have at least three (3) years of experience as a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing. Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three (3) year provisional certificate. Teachers of students who are severe/profound disabled must also meet the eligibility requirement under Section I-B.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE REQUIRES THE COMPLETION OF SIX (6) CREDITS AS INDICATED UNDER SECTION II-A BELOW. THESE SIX (6) CREDITS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL OR A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SIX (6) CREDIT REQUIREMENT BUT WHO HAVE NOT SERVED FOR THREE (3) YEARS AS A TEACHER OF THE DEAF/HARD OF HEARING IN RHODE ISLAND. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ADDITIONAL SIX (6) CREDITS TO ACQUIRE A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE NEED ONLY DOCUMENT THREE (3) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS A TEACHER OF THE DEAF/HARD OF HEARING IN RHODE ISLAND FOR ISSUANCE OF A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five (5) years

    A. Completion of six (6) credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three (3) of the six (6) credits may be approved in-service course work. Three (3) of the six (6) credits must be college credits from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate and who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see Section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five (5) year professional certificate.

    B. Three (3) years of documented teaching experience as a teacher of students who are deaf/hard of hearing in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five (5) years upon the completion of nine (9) credits and verification of continued teaching experience as a teacher of students who are deaf/hard of hearing. Six (6) of the nine (9) credits must be graduate level course work in special education. Three (3) of the nine (9) credits may be approved in-service course work. The nine (9) semester hour requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional Certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete any six (6) college credits or in- service credits for renewal. Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five (5) year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five (5) year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee or by the administrator of the non-public special education facility.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life

    A. Master's Degree in special education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who are deaf/hard of hearing, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    B. Master's Degree in any field of education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who are deaf/hard of hearing, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island, or

    C. Master's Degree in a field other than education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and twenty-one (21) semester hours of graduate level course work in special education either as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of teaching experience as a teacher of students who are deaf/hard of hearing, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

Effective October 1, 1995

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPEECH/LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST This certificate is valid for service as a speech/language

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - VAL1D FOR THREE YEARS

    A. Bachelor's degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. An Advanced Degree in Speech/Language Pathology from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations.

NOTE: INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT SERVED AS A SPEECH/LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life.

    A. Three years of successful experience as a Speech/Language Pathologist in Rhode Island.

    *The person holding this certificate meets requirements for a Speech/Language Pathologist as defined in the Regulations of the Board of Regents Governing the Special Education of Handicapped Children.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ADMINISTRATOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATE

The administrator of special education certificate is valid for service as a supervisor, director, coordinator, and a principal in a field of special education, as established under rules and regulations of the State Board of Regents.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE: Valid for three (3) years.

    A. Master's Degree in special education, or a Master's Degree in any field of education with fifteen (15) graduate level credits in special education as part of or beyond the Master's Degree from an accredited or approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Eligibility for a special education teaching certificate.

    C. Three (3) years of teaching experience in special education.

    D. Nine (9) semester hours of graduate level course work in Educational Administration of Special Education Programs; Supervision of Personnel; and Curriculum Development and Evaluation K-12.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE REQUIRES THE COMPLETION OF SIX (6) CREDITS AS INDICATED UNDER SECTION II-A BELOW. THESE SIX (6) CREDITS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL OR A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SIX (6) CREDIT REQUIREMENT BUT WHO HAVE NOT SERVED FOR THREE (3) YEARS AS AN ADMINISTRATOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION IN RHODE ISLAND. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING AN EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ADDITIONAL SIX (6) CREDITS TO ACQUIRE A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE. INDIVIDUALS HOLDING THE EXTENDED PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE NEED ONLY DOCUMENT THREE (3) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS AN ADMINISTRATOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION IN RHODE ISLAND FOR ISSUANCE OF A FIVE (5) YEAR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE: Valid for five (5) years

    A. Completion of six (6) graduate credits in educational administration while on provisional certification. Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see Section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five (5) year professional certificate.

    B. Three (3) years of documented experience as an administrator of special education in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This experience must be verified by the superintendent of schools or his/her designee or by the chair of the governing board of the non-public special education facility.

NOTE: THIS CERTIFICATE MAY BE RENEWED EVERY FIVE (5) YEARS UPON THE COMPLETION OF NINE (9) CREDITS AND VERIFICATION OF CONTINUED SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION. SIX (6) OF THE NINE (9) CREDITS MUST BE GRADUATE COURSE WORK IN THE AREA OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, THREE (3) OF THE NINE (9) CREDITS MAY BE APPROVED IN SERVICE COURSE WORK. THE NINE (9) SEMESTER HOUR COURSE REQUIREMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SATISFIED COURSE WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR A LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE AND LACK ONLY THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT. THESE INDIVIDUALS MAY COMPLETE ANY SIX (6) COLLEGE OR IN-SERVICE CREDITS FOR RENEWAL.

III. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - Valid for life

    A. Three (3) years of successful experience as an administrator of special education in Rhode Island.

    B. Fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in educational administrative course work beyond I-D.

Effective October 1, 1995

REQUIREMENTS FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TEACHER

This certificate is valid for service in the Secondary grades as a vocational education teacher and will be endorsed for the specialized field as established in II.

I. TEMPORARY PROVISIONAL - VOCATIONAL EDUCATION - VALID FOR 1 YEAR

    A Diploma from high school approved by the State Board of Regents for Education of a high school equivalency diploma.

    B. Appropriate work experience]as recommended by the Rhode Island Vocational Credentials Review Committee.

    C. Written and practical exam administered by the Rhode Island Vocational Credentials Review Committee.*

    D. Twelve semester hours of professional education courses from E below, which are designed for the preparation of vocational education teachers. Six of the twelve credits must be in the area of vocational methods and curriculum.

    NOTE: This certificate may be renewed upon presentation of evidence of satisfactory completion of at least six (6) semester hours of approved credits annually toward a Bachelor's Degree. Those individuals holding a Bachelor's Degree must complete at least six (6) semester hours of approved credits annually toward the fulfillment of II D below.

    E Courses approved as preparation for vocational teaching, including work in the following areas:

    1. Methods and curriculum in the teaching of vocational subjects.
    2. Education psychology
    3. Historical, social, or philosophical foundations and/or principles of education.

II. PROVISIONAL - VOCATIONAL EDUCATION - VALID FOR 10 YEARS

    A Bachelor's Degree from an institution approved by the Board of Regents.

    B. Same as I B.

    C. Same as IC. (Individuals holding a vocational certificate prior to October 1, 1981 will not be required to complete the written and practical exam unless they seek certification in another vocational field.)

    D. Twenty-four semester hours of study as listed under I E above of which twelve (12) credits must be in the areas of vocational methods and curriculum.

NOTE: This certificate is not renewable. Holder must qualify for professional certificate either upon serving 10 years in Rhode Island under the provisional certificate or having fulfilled the requirements prior thereto.

III PROFESSIONAL - VOCATIONAL EDUCATION - VALID FOR LIFE.

    A. Master's Degree or thirty-six semester hours of approved study beyond the Bachelor's Degree.

    B. Same as IB.

    C. Same as IC. (Individuals holding a vocational certificate prior to October 1, 1981 will not be required to complete the written and practical exam unless they seek certification in another vocational field.)

    D. Same as ID.

    E. At least three years successful service as certified vocational education teacher in Rhode Island.

THIS CERTIFICATE DOES NOT APPLY TO TEACHERS WHO WORK IN A "VOCATIONAL" SETTING AND ARE COVERED BY SEPARATE CERTIFICATION (e.g., BUSINESS EDUCATION, HOME ECONOMICS, AGRICULTURE).

NOTE: Appropriate work experience is defined as the length of an approved apprenticeship program plus one year's trade experience or other such work experience as recommended by the Rhode Island Vocational Credentials Review Committee.

'- NOTE: Approved study may include a maximum of twelve credits for workshops or trade seminars previously approved by the Rhode Island Vocational Credentials Review Committee on the basis of a maximum of one (1) credit for each ten (10) contact hours.

*VOCATIONAL CREDENTIALS REVIEW COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Rhode Island Vocational Credentials Review Committee is to provide technical assistance in an advisory capacity to the Department of Education in the certification of vocational educators. This committee consists of seven (7) members -- one (1) member representing the Department of Education, one (1) member representing institutions of higher education in Rhode Island training vocational educators, one (1) member representing vocational teachers in Rhode Island, one (1) member representing labor, one (1) member representing business and industry, one (1) member representing the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association and one (1) member representing the association of area vocational school coordinators. Members of the vocational Credentials Review Committee are appointed by the Commissioner of Education and serve at the discretion of the Commissioner. The vocational Credentials Review Committee will provide technical assistance in the following areas:

    A. Advise staff in the Office of Teacher Certification as to appropriate work experience under section IB of the regulations.

    B. Administer written and practical exam under section IC of the regulations and submit results and recommendations to staff in the Office of Teacher Certification.

    C. Evaluate workshops and/or trade seminars for the purpose of coordinating the granting of college credits for these experiences.

    D. Provide recommendations for a waiver of written and practical exam when an appropriate exam for the occupational area has not been developed.

Teachers holding the Temporary Provisional, Provisional, or Professional certificate prior to October 1, 1981 are exempt from the requirement of a written and practical exam unless they seek certification in another vocational field.

To secure vocational certification in Rhode Island, you must follow the steps outlined below. Failure to follow each step in sequence will delay the processing of your application.

1. Complete application form for teacher certification (Form TC-1000).

2. Complete work experience verification form(s). Any questions concerning the completion of this form should be directed to Constance T. Baker at 277-2675.

3. Submit your completed application to the Office of Teacher Certification and be sure to include the following items:

    a. Copy of high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.

    b. Completed work verification form(s) with attachments if necessary.

    c. Official college transcripts of all course work completed if applicable.

    d. A check for $25.00 made payable to the General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island.

Upon receipt of the above noted materials, a determination will be made concerning your work experience. You will be notified of this determination and, if approved, you will be provided further information concerning the written and practical exam for your vocational field.

To be certified in vocational education you must complete in addition to the items listed above under number 3, a written and practical examination and twelve semester hours of appropriate college credits as listed under section I-D and E of the requirements. in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR' S CERTIFICATE

This certificate is valid for service as a school counselor in grades PK- 12.

1. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - VALID FOR THREE YEARS.

    A. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education defined in these regulations.

    B. An advanced degree in an approved program in school counseling or a Master's Degree from an accredited or an approved institution as defined in these regulations and completion of twenty-four semester hours of graduate level coursework in school counseling which must include, coursework in Introduction to Pupil Personnel Services. Technologies of Counseling/ Psychological and Educational] Assessment, Vocational and Educational Placement and a minimum of a 3 semester hour internship in school counseling.

    C. Eligibility for a Rhode Island teacher's

    D. Two years of teaching experience at the elementary or secondary level.

NOTE; THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SERVED AS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT SERVED AS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERN OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL, CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER I 1 -A.

PROFESIONAL CERTIFICATE - VALID FOR FIVE YEARS

    A. Completion of six (6) graduate credits in school counseling. Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied coursework requirements for a life professional certificate (.see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be, college or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of service as a school counselor in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This experience must be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.

NOTE; THIS CERTIFICATE MAY BE RENEWED EVERY FIVE YEARS UPON THE COMPLETION OF NINE GRADUATE CREDITS IN SCHOOL COUNSEL, INC. THE NINE {9) SEMESTER HOUR COURSE REQUIREMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SATISFIED COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS FOR A LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE AND LACK ONLY THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT, THESE INDIVIDUALS MAY COMPLETE ANY SIX (6) COLLEGE OR IN-SERVICE CREDITS FOR RENEWAL,.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL, CERTIFICATE- VALID FOR LIFE

    A. A Doctorate Degree or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from an accredited institution as defined in these regulations, in school counsel, and six (6) years of experience as a school counselor of which three (3) must be in Rhode Island.

    OR

    B. Fifteen semester hours of graduate level coursework in school counseling beyond a Masters Degree and six (6) years of experience as a school counselor of which three must be in Rhode [stand.

Effective October 1, 1992

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SUPERVISOR OF SCHOOL COUNSELORS CERTIFICATE

This certificate is valid for service as a supervisor of school counseling programs for grades PK-12.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three (3) years.

    A. Master's Degree from an accredited institution of higher education as defined in these regulations

    B. Eligibility for a Rhode Island school counselor's certificate

    C. Three years of experience as a school counselor

    D. Nine semester hours of graduate level coursework in educational administration in the areas of Administration and Organization of Counseling Programs: Supervision of Personnel; and Curriculum Development and Evaluation

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SERVED AS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR SUPERVISOR IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT SERVED AS A SUPERVISOR FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER II-A.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five years

    A. Completion of six (6) graduate credits while on provisional certification in the supervision of counseling programs, curriculum, or educational administration. Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of service as a School Counselor Supervisor in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This experience must be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine credits and verification of continued service as a supervisor. Six of the nine credits must be graduate coursework in the areas of Educational Administration, Supervision of Counseling Programs, and Curriculum. three of the nine credits may be approved in-service coursework. The nine (9) semester hour course requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied coursework requirements for a Life Professional Certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete any six(6) college or in-service credits for renewal.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL, CERTIFICATE- VALID FOR LIFE

    A. A Doctorate Degree or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from an accredited institution as defined in these regulations, in school counsel, and six (6) years of experience as a school counselor of which three (3) must be in Rhode Island.

    OR

    B. Fifteen semester hours of graduate level coursework in school counseling beyond a Masters Degree and six (6) years of experience as a school counselor of which three must be in Rhode [stand.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL NURSE-TEACHER

This certificate is valid for service as a school nurse-teacher/health educator in the pre-school, elementary, and secondary grades.

I. TEMPORARY PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for one year.

    A. Bachelor's degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Completion of an approved program, within five (5) years from date of application, designed for the preparation of professional nurses.

    C. Licensed as a professional registered nurse in Rhode Island.

    D. Three years of documented experience in providing services as a professional nurse.

    E. Twelve semester hours of college credits in the following content areas: Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, Methods and Materials in Health Education, and Methods and Procedures in School Nursing.

    F. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teacher Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE: THIS CERTIFICATE CAN BE RENEWED ANNUALLY UPON COMPLETION OF SIX SEMESTER HOURS OF COURSE WORK LISTED UNDER SECTION II-E. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COMPLETED ALL COURSE WORK REQUIREMENTS UNDER I-E AND II--E BUT HAVE NOT ACQUIRED THE NECESSARY TEACHING EXPERIENCE ARE ENTITLED TO RENEWAL OF THE TEMPORARY PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE WITHOUT COURSE WORK.

II. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three years.

    A. Same as I-A.

    B. Same as I-B.

    C. Same as I-C.

    D. Same as I-D.

    E. In addition to the course work listed in I-E, twelve semester hours of college credits in the following content areas: Introduction to Education of the Exceptional Child, Principle's of Program Design-Health Education, Organization and Administration of School Health Programs, and Principles of Guidance.

    F. Two years of experience as a School Nurse-Teacher while on temporary provisional certification.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR THREE YEARS. HOLDER MUST QUALIFY FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT TAUGHT FOR EITHER ALL, OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENT UNDER III-A.

III. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five years.

    A. Completion of six credits while on provisional certification in Rhode Island. Three of the six credits may be approved in-service course work. Three of the six credits must be college credits from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five-year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of documented experience in an elementary and/or secondary education setting in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine credits and verification of continued experience as a nurse-teacher. Six of the nine credits must be graduate level course work either in nursing or in health education. Three of the nine credits may be approved in-service course work.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five-year professional certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above. In addition, any teaching experience during the five-year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools Or his designee.

IV. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life.

    A. Master's Degree in Nursing or Health Education from an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and six (6) years of experience as a nurse-teacher at the elementary and/or Secondary level, of which three years must be in Rhode Island.

    B. Master's Degree in a related field from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in the academic field in which provisional certification is held either as a part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of experience at the elementary and/or secondary level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

    C. Master's Degree in a field other than Nursing or Health Education from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education, as defined in these regulations, and twenty-one (21) semester hours of graduate level course work in nursing or health education as part of or in addition to the Master's Degree, and six (6) years of experience at the elementary and/or secondary level, of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

Effective 10/1/86

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER

This certificate is valid for service as a School Social Worker in grades PK-12.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - VALID FOR THREE YEARS

    A. Bachelor's degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. A Masters Degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

    C. Licensed as a certified Social Worker by the Rhode Island State Board of Registration for Social Workers,

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - VALID FOR LIFE*

    A. Three years of experience as a School Social Worker in Rhode Island.

* Continued service as a School Social Worker in the public schools of Rhode Island requires that the individual maintain their license as a certified Social Worker as required by the Rhode Island State Board of Registration of Social Workers.

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

This certificate is valid for service as a School Psychologist in grades PK-12,

I, PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - VALID FOR THREE YEARS

    A An Advanced Degree in an approved program in School Psychology.

    B. Twelve (12) semester hours of education course work at the undergraduate or graduate level to include course work in each of the following content areas:

      Foundations of Education, Introduction to Education of the Exceptional Child, Curriculum and Instruction, and Reading,

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SERVED AS A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS, INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT SERVED AS A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER II-A.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - VALID FOR FIVE YEARS

    A. Completion of six (6) graduate credits in advanced psychology. Those individuals issued a provision- al certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college or approved in- service credits for the issuance of a five year professional certificate.

    B, Three years of service as a school psychologist in Rhode Island while on provisional certification, This experience must be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.

NOTE: THIS CERTIFICATE MAY BE RENEWED EVERY FIVE YEARS UPON THE COMPLETION OF NINE GRADUATE CREDITS IN ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY. THE NINE (9) SEMESTER HOUR COURSE REQUIREMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SATISFIED COURSE WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR A LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE AND LACK ONLY THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT, THESE INDIVIDUALS MAY COMPLETE ANY SIX (6) COLLEGE OR IN-SERVICE CREDITS FOR RENEWAL.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - VALID FOR LIFE

    A. A Doctorate Degree or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from an accredited institution, as defined in these regulations, in school psychology and six (6) years of experience as a school psychologist of which three (3) must be in Rhode Island.

    OR

    B. Fifteen semester hours of graduate level course work in advanced psychology beyond a Masters Degree in school psychology and six (6) years of experience as a school psychologist of which three (3) must be in Rhode Island.

Effective October 1, 1992

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three years.

    A. Master's Degree from an accredited institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Eligibility for a Rhode Island Elementary Teaching Certificate.

    C. Three years teaching experience in the elementary grades.

    D. Completion of an approved program, within five {5) years from date of application, designed for the preparation of elementary school principals.

    E. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of having completed not less than twenty-four (24) semester hours of graduate level course work to include work in each of the following content areas: School/Community Relations, Elementary Curriculum Development, Organization and Administration of the Elementary School, Supervision of Instruction, Supervision and Evaluation of Professional Staff, Educational Research, Program Evaluation, Fiscal Planning and Management, School Law (Federal and State Laws and Regulations).

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SERVED AS AN ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR A PERIOD OF THREE {3) YEARS. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT SERVED AS A PRINCIPAL FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER II-A.

II PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five years.

    A. Completion of six (6) graduate credits while on provisional certification in educational administration, curriculum or supervision. Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate {see section III) are required to complete six {6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five year professional certificate.

    B. 'three years of documented service as an elementary principal in Rhode Island while on provisional certification, This experience must be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

NOTE: This certificate may be renewed every five years upon, the completion of nine credits and verification of continued service as an elementary principal. Six of the nine credits must be graduate course work in the areas of Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum. Three of the nine credits may be approved in-service course work. The nine {9) semester hour course requirement does not apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for. a Life Professional Certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete any six (6) college or in-service credits for renewal.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life.

    A. A Doctorate Degree or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from an accredited institution, as defined in these regulations, in the areas of Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum and six (6) years of experience as an Elementary principal of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

    OR

    B. Thirty (30) semester hours of graduate level course work beyond a Master's Degree which must include twenty-one (2]) semester hours of graduate level course work in the areas of Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum and six {6} .years of experience as an Elementary Principal of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SECONDARY PRINCIPAL'S CERTIFICATE

This certificate is valid for service as a principal or assistant principal in the secondary school or middle school, except where grades seven and eight are organized on the elementary school plan.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three years.

    A. Master's Degree from an accredited institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

    B. Eligibility for a Rhode Island Secondary Teaching Certificate.

    C. Three years teaching experience in the secondary grades.

    D. Completion of an approved Program, within five (5) years from date of application, designed for the preparation of secondary school principals.

    E. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of having completed not less than twenty-four (24) semester hours of graduate level course work to include work in each of the following content areas: School/Community Relations, Secondary Curriculum Development, Organization and Administration of the Secondary School, Supervision of Instruction, Supervision and Evaluation of Professional Staff, Educational Research, Program Evaluation, Fiscal Planning and Management, School Law (Federal and State Laws and Regulations).

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SERVED AS A SECONDARY PRINCIPAL IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR A PERIOD OF THREE {3) YEARS, INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT SERVED AS A PRINCIPAL FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER II-A.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five years.

    A. Completion of six (6) graduate credits while on provisional certification in educational administration, curriculum or supervision. Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of documented service as a secondary principal in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This experience must be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.

NOTE: THIS CERTIFICATE MAY BE RENEWED EVERY FIVE YEARS UPON THE COMPLETION OF NINE CREDITS AND VERIFICATION OF CONTINUED SERVICE AS A SECONDARY PRINCIPAL. SIX OF THE NINE CREDITS MUST BE GRADUATE COURSE WORK IN THE AREAS OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, SUPERVISION, AND CURRICULUM. THREE OF THE NINE CREDITS MAY BE APPROVED IN-SERVICE COURSE WORK. THE NINE (9) SEMESTER HOUR COURSE REQUIREMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SATISFIED COURSE WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR A LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE AND LACK ONLY THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT. THESE INDIVIDUALS MAY COMPLETE ANY SIX (6) COLLEGE OR IN-SERVICE CREDITS FOR RENEWAL.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life.

    A. A Doctorate Degree or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from an accredited institution, as defined in these regulations, in the areas of Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum and six (6) years of experience as a Secondary principal of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

    OR

    B. Thirty (30) semester hours of graduate level course work beyond a Master's degree which must include twenty-one (21) semester hours of graduate level course work in the areas of Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum and six (6) years of experience as a Secondary Principal of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS CERTIFICATE

This certificate is valid for service as a superintendent or assistant superintendent in the State of Rhode Island.

I. PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three years.

    A. An advanced degree--Doctorate, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, or a Master's Degree. All applicants shall present evidence of having completed not less than thirty- six {36) semester hours of graduate level course work to include work in each of the following content areas: School/Community Relations, Curriculum Construction, Organization and Administration of Schools, Supervision of Instruction, Supervision and Evaluation of Professional Staff, Educational Research, Program Evaluation, School Plant Planning- and School Finance.

    B. Eligibility for a Rhode Island teacher's certificate.

    C. Eight years of educational experience to include both teaching and administration.

NOTE: THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SERVED AS A SUPERINTENDENT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT SERVED AS A SUPERINTENDENT FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER II-A.

II. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for five years.

    A. Completion of six (6) graduate credits while on provisional certification in educational administration, curriculum or supervision. Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate (see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a - five-year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of documented service as a superintendent of schools in Rhode Island while on provisional certification. This experience must be documented by the Chairperson of the School Committee.

THIS CERTIFICATE MAY BE RENEWED EVERY FIVE YEARS UPON THE (COMPLETION OF NINE (9) CREDITS AND VERIFICATION SERVICE AS A SUPERINTENDENT. SIX OF THE NINE CREDITS MUST GRADUATE COURSE WORK IN THE AREAS OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, SUPERVISION, AND CURRICULUM. THREE OF THE NINE CREDITS MAY BE APPROVED IN-SERVICE COURSE WORK. THE NINE (9) SEMESTER HOUR COURSE REQUIREMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SATISFIED COURSE WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR A LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE AND LACK ONLY THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT. THESE INDIVIDUALS MAY COMPLETE ANY SIX (6) COLLEGE OR IN-SERVICE CREDITS FOR RENEWAL.

III. LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life.

    A. A Doctorate Degree or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from an accredited institution, as defined in these regulations, in the areas of Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum and six {6) years of experience as a superintendent of schools of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

    OR

    B. Thirty (30) semester hours of graduate level course work beyond a Master's Degree which must include 21 semester hours of graduate level course work in the areas of Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum and six {6} years of experience as a superintendent of schools of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ADMINISTRATOR OF CURRICULUM/ INSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE

This certificate is valid for service as an Administrator of instruction and/or Curriculum in the .State of Rhode Island.

PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for three years.

    A. An advanced degree--Doctorate Degree. Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. or a Master's Degree to include course work in each of the following areas of study: Learning Theory: Curriculum Theory. Design. and Deve1opent; Supervision Theory. Application and Practice: instructional Theory. Application and Practice: Research and Evaluation Related to Curriculum and Supervision of Instruction.

    B.. Eligibility for a Rhode Island teaching certificate.

    C,. Six years of Professional education experience to include at least three ,years of teaching experience.

THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT RENEWABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SERVED AS AN ADMINISTRATOR OF CURRICULUM/INSTRUCTION IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF RHODE ISLAND FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3} YEARS. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT SERVED AS AN ADMINISTRATOR OF CURRICULUM/INSTRUCTION FOR EITHER ALL OR PART OF THE TERM OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE .ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER 1 I-A.

II. PROFESSIONAL: CERTIFICATE - valid for five years.

    A. Completion of six (6) graduate credits while on provisional certification in educational administration, curriculum or supervision. Those individuals issued a provisional certificate who have satisfied course work requirements for a life professional certificate {see section III) are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five-year professional certificate.

    B. Three years of documented experience as an Administrator of Curriculum or instruction while on provisional certification. This experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools.

This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine (9) credits and verification of continued service as an Administrator of Curriculum or Instruction, Six of the, nine credits must be graduate course work in areas related to the role of Administrator of Curriculum or' Instruction. Three of the nine credits may be approved in-service course work. The nine (9) semester hour course requirement does not. apply to individuals who have satisfied course work requirements for a Life Professional Certificate and lack only the experience requirement. These individuals may complete any six (6) college or in-service credits for renewal [.

III .LIFE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - valid for life.

    A. ..A Doctorate Degree or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from an accredited institution. as defined in these regulations. in the areas of Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum and six {6) years of experience as an administrator of curriculum/instruction of which three (3) years must be in Rhode Island.

    OR

    P,. Thirty semester hours of graduate Level course work beyond a Master's Degree which must include twenty,-one (21) semester hour's of .graduate level course work in the areas of Educational Administration. Supervision. and Curriculum and six (6) years of experience as an administrator of curriculum/instruction of which three (3} years must be in Rhode Island.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DRIVER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE

  1. Eligibility for a Rhode Island Teacher's Certificate.
  2. Completion of an approved course in Driver Education.

CERTIFICATION OF ADULT EDUCATION

  1. A certificate valid for service in the day schools is valid also for service in the adult education classes for the subject(s) covered by the certificate.
  2. A certificate valid for service in the day schools may be extended to include other subjects, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools and approval by the Coordinator of Adult Education. This extension will be limited to service in adult education classes.
  3. In certain subjects which, because of their nature and/or scope, are not normally taught in day school programs; a certificate valid for and limited to service in that subject in adult education classes may be issued to a person whose competency in the field has been demonstrated, upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools and approval by the Coordinator of Adult Education.

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