Certification - Current & Future Educators

Access updates, applications, processing information, and certification requirements here.

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.

Our Office of Educator Quality is open to the public 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  • NEW!! The Rhode Island Educator Preparation Index is now live.

    The Index provides information to prospective candidates, employers, and policymakers about the performance and outcomes of approved Rhode Island educator preparation programs. You can access all of the institutional Indexes here. The Indices are standardized and accessible documents for each provider and include the following information: RI Employment and Educator Effectiveness, Certification Status, and Admission Info.

    Users are encouraged to review the companion document, Using the RI Index [PDF, 546 KB], and provide feedback via https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RI_Index2014. Users should be cautious not to pick one data point and draw conclusions about individual providers. Differences in results can be driven by a variety of factors, including differences in the types of candidates, differences in the mission and goals of different types of programs, and year-to-year variations in the labor market. Users are encouraged to consider how the Indices offer insight to the educator human capital workings within Rhode Island.

  • Online certification renewal for full certificates available:      
    Online renewal is now available for MyeCert users who have full certificates (Initial or Professional) expiring on August 31, 2014. Educators can make renewal payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).

    Educators must renew all preliminary certificates (One-Year Professional CTE, One-Year Professional School Nurse Teacher and Temporary Initial), and permits (Substitute) through a paper application. NOTE:  RIDE discontinued mailing paper copies of certificates to educators. We send all certificates e-mail only. We encourage educators to maintain a current e-mail address in their MyeCert (RIDEmap).
  • Certification Renewal Audit System:   Certification regulations effective January 2012, establish a requirement that educators who receive ratings of ‘Developing’ or ‘Ineffective’ must participate in professional development for the renewal of their certificates. The Certification Renewal Audit System is the system that RIDE uses to monitor the completion of required professional development hours based on educator evaluation ratings for certification renewal. An educator who is selected for a Certification Renewal Audit is required to submit evidence of professional development.

Directions on how to apply for a specific certificate area are found on each application.  Review the COMPLETE APPLICATION CHECKLIST below to understand the documentation necessary for submitting a complete application.

Complete applications are processed more quickly than incomplete applications. Application processing takes fourteen to sixteen weeks. Prior to submitting your application ensure that you understand your certification area requirements including testing and fees.

  APPLICATION: Include completed Sections A, B, and C of the appropriate application.  
  ASSESSMENT INFORMATION:  Include either the Original Test Score Reports or a photocopy for certificate areas that require successful completion of tests. Educators are responsible for including appropriate ETS testing information.  
  EDUCATION:  Include official or student issued transcripts with conferral of degree.  Transcripts already on file with RIDE do not need to be resubmitted unless new coursework and/or degrees are documented.  Applicants with foreign credentials must seek a general evaluation and a course-by-course analysis by one of the services within our directory [PDF, 25KB].
  EXPERIENCE: Include either a letter from a prior employer on original letterhead clarifying dates and conditions of employment or a completed Work Experience Verification Form [PDF, 453KB] if the certificate area requires work experience.  
  FEES:  Include the appropriate payment as a check or money order. Fees are listed within each application and a complete list may be found here [PDF, 99KB].



Work Experience Verification Form [PDF, 453KB] is available for certificate applicants needing to demonstrate work experience due to certificate area requirements.
This form is not needed for individuals who:
  • have Rhode Island work experience within their MyeCert account 
  • are pursuing a certificate area that does not require prior work experience. 
Individuals should complete and submit this form if they need to demonstrate out of state education work experience that may include private, charter, parochial, and/or early childhood settings.

Complete applications are processed more quickly than incomplete applications. Application processing takes fourteen to sixteen weeks.

There are three ways of processing Rhode Island certificate applications.  Details for first issuance, renewal, and reinstatement are below.

Educator has never held
the certificate;  Educator is seeking a new certificate
Educator holds a current certificate area;  Educator is seeking the same type or area Educator held a certificate and allowed the certificate to expire 

*Applications that do not meet requirements are not issued. Applicants that do not receive their requested certificate are issued a status form via MyeCert on RIDEmap explaining requirements that were not met and provided a ninety day window to meet requirements communicated without incurring new fees. The eCert Guide provides more information about online certification system.

  • The Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education approved on November 3, 2011 new certification regulations entitled “Regulations Governing the Certification of Educators in Rhode Island.” The information provided below outlines the process for the issuance, renewal, and reinstatement of educator certifications.

  • Issuance

    Information for new RI educators or those seeking additional certificates

  • Renewal

    Information for current RI educators

  • Reinstatement

    Information for RI educators with expired or performance-related non-renewal

Certification Tests

Each certification area has specific testing requirements.  Review your certification area requirements to understand which assessments are required for issuance. 

Testing information regarding locations, test dates, and testing fees can be found on the ETS website.  Applicants are responsible for including testing information as part of their complete application.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.  

Review current Rhode Island certification area testing requirements here. 

Certification Requirements

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  • Will I receive my certificate or status form in the mail?
  • How do I show my Highly Qualified status when applying for a new position?
  • As an educator, where can I go to see the status of my application, correspondence, and other certification-related information?
  • Can I use the same username and password that I used to log into RICERT?
  • What do I do if I can't remember my SSO ID (Single Sign-On ID) and password?

Highly Qualified Teachers in Rhode Island Public Schools and Districts

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act, established Highly Qualified teacher requirements for teachers of core content academic subjects. The No Child Left Behind Act also established expectations that schools and school districts only hire new teachers who meet these requirements, that schools and school districts support veteran teachers to meet these requirements, and that schools and school districts only assign teachers who meet these requirements to teach core content academic subjects. Teachers who meet the following requirements are designated as Highly Qualified teachers.

Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements: 
  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree
  • Have full state certification
  • Demonstrate content knowledge in each core content academic subject taught
Rhode Island Certifications that meet Highly Qualified Requirements for Full State Certification: 
  • Initial, Professional, Advanced Certification, Life Professional 
  • Certificate of Eligibility for Employment 
  • Alternative Route Preliminary Certification
Core Content Academic Subjects that Require Highly Qualified Teachers: 
  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies (Civics, Economics, Geography, History) 
  • Special Education 
  • Visual and Performing Arts (Art, Dance, Music, Theatre) 
  • World Languages
  • Writing
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