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Certification Requirements

This page contains certification requirements and applications for anyone seeking an Initial certificate through RI approved programs, reciprocity, or credential review. For information on Preliminary certificates, see Getting Certified

Grade Span Certification Areas Resources
Early Childhood
(Grades PK-2)
  • Early Childhood
  • Special Education
  • Bilingual Dual Language
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages
Elementary
(Grades 1-6)
  • Elementary
  • Special Education
  • Bilingual Dual Language
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages
Middle Grades
(Grades 5-8)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Bilingual Dual Language
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages
Secondary Grades
(Grades 7-12)
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • General Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Bilingual Dual Language
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages
All Grades
(Grades PK-12)
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Health
  • Library Media Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • School Nurse Teacher
  • Technology Education
  • Theater
  • World Languages
  • Special Education-Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Special Education-Visually Impaired
  • Special Education-Severe Intellectual Disability
  • Special Education
  • Bilingual Dual Language
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages
Administrator Certificates
  • Building Level Administrator
  • District Level Administrator - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • District Level Administrator - Special Education
  • School Business Administrator
  • Superintendent of Schools
Support Professional Certificates
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • School Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Reading Specialist/Consultant
  • Mathematics Specialist/Consultant
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages Specialist/Consultant
  • Instructional Leader
  • Registered School Nurse
Charter School Certification Guidance