Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Rhode Island


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website http://www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorCertification.aspx
State information on reciprocity http://www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorCertification/PathwaystoRICertification.aspx
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. Rhode Island is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No. Although applicants can attain certification by completing an approved program for educator certification in another state in the last five years or by demonstrating that they hold a valid full certificate in another state, all individuals seeking certification through reciprocity must demonstrate that they meet Rhode Island testing requirements in the areas(s) of certification. R.I. Code R. 21-2-59:7
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? N/A. The state does not have additional coursework requirements in place.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not immediately. Candidates must demonstrate that they meet Rhode Island testing requirements in the area(s) of certification. For candidates prepared at an institution where the language of instruction was not English, English Language Competency testing is required. Out-of-state candidates may be eligible to receive a one-year Temporary Initial Educator Certificate if they meet all of the requirements for an Initial Educator Certificate except for the assessment requirements. R.I. Code R. 21-2-59:7
R.I. Code R. 21-2-59:2
Source
Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? No.
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? No. Rhode Island has three main licensure tiers: Initial, Professional and Advanced. Candidates with advanced credentials must demonstrate that they meet Rhode Island testing requirements in the areas(s) of certification prior to receiving full licensure. Out-of-state candidates may be eligible to receive a one-year Temporary Initial Educator Certificate if they meet all of the requirements for an Initial Educator Certificate except for the assessment requirements. Source
Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? No.

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