Certification - Current & Future Educators

Rhode Island values teacher, building administrator, and support professional effectiveness. Due to this commitment, certification regulations [PDF] align certification with student achievement and other evidence of effective performance.

RI’s tiered certification structure is designed to allow educators to progress to new certificate types when working in RI and demonstrating acceptable performance. Educators who hold initial certificates that expire August 31, 2015 may be eligible to progress to a professional certificate and will do so when they apply for renewal.  

Online renewal and progression of certificates is the most user friendly option and may be found on eCert by logging onto RIDEmap. To understand whether or not your certificate qualifies for progression, review the progression and renewal categories.  

Our Office of Educator Quality is open to the public 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Online certification renewal is available for My eCert users who have Full certificates (Initial or Professional) expiring on August 31, 2015. This year, teachers and administrators who hold an Initial certificate may progress to a Professional certificate when they have one Developing rating or higher within their renewal cycle. Teachers and administrators who are currently employed and do not have any previous ratings or who have 1 or more Ineffective ratings must wait until August 1, 2015 to renew. All teachers and administrators who hold a Professional certificate will renew as a Professional certificate. All support professionals will renew as the current level of their certificate.

At this time, all Preliminary certificates, as well as all Permits must be renewed via a paper application. School Nurse Teacher Certificates and School Social Worker certificates also must be renewed via a paper application. Please note that, as of spring 2013, RIDE discontinued mailing paper copies of certificates to educators. All certificates are sent by email only. Educators are encouraged to maintain a current email address in My eCert. Educators renewing online can make renewal payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).