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About FSEHD

The ​Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (so named because of a generous gift from education philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein in 1997) is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing programs that prepare professional personnel for educator and counseling roles in schools and social service agencies that serve the needs of the diverse communities of Rhode Island. The FSEHD administers and coordinates all professional education programs at Rhode Island College and serves as the College's liaison with the Rhode Island Department of Education and local school systems. FSEHD has defined its own mission, consistent with comparable documents of the institution. See also the organizational chart.

Quick facts and assessment results

  1. 100% of our initial teacher certification candidates pass the Rhode Island Teacher Licensure tests (Title II Reporting Services) in the 2016 – 2017 academic year.
  2. RIC’s initial teacher certification candidates demonstrate high grade point averages (GPAs) at admissions and graduation.​
    1. 2016-2017 FSEHD Admissions – The GPA average at admissions was 3.455
    2. 2016-2017 FSEHD Exit – the GPA average at graduation was 3.492​
  3. Number of students enrolled in FSEHD programs during the 2016-2017 academic year:
    1. Initial Teacher Certification programs: 400
    2. Community based programs: 100
    3. Advanced programs: 350
  4. The RI Educator Preparation Index provides initial teacher certification program completers’ hiring and retention data.
  5. The School has been continuously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), since 1954. The latest accreditation was confirmed in 2012, with the next site visit scheduled for 2019​.
  6. Graduation Rates – We are currently working on FSEHD retention rates, to be posted soon.
    Rhode Island College – Undergraduate First-time, Full-time students
    2011 Freshman Cohort
    4-Year Graduation Rate- 19.6% (2015)
    5-Year Graduation Rate- 37.8% (2016)
    6-Year Graduation Rate- 46.2% (2017)
  7. Student loan default rates
    A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year. Please refer to the Cohort Default Rate Guide for a more in-depth description of cohort default rates and how the rates are calculated.

    The U.S. Department of Education releases official cohort default rates once per year. The FY 2014 official cohort default rates were delivered to both domestic and foreign schools on September 25, 2017, electronically via the eCDR process. All schools must enroll in eCDR to receive cohort default rate notification. Schools may check their eCDR enrollment online or by calling CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800-330-5947. See: National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

    FY 2014, 2013, 2012
  8. Survey Data
    The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (FSEHD), Rhode Island College, is collecting data from multiple data points on our initial teacher certification program completers. The goal is to examine data as it relates to their Impact on P-12 Learning and Development and on the Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness. In the fall of 2017, FSEHD worked with recent alumni who discussed their experiences in the initial years of teaching and provided indications of areas of strength and weakness of their program(s). Concurrently, an alumni survey was developed that was shorter than previous versions but provided areas for extended feedback as well as the alumni’s perception of their students’ learning and development.

    We sent these surveys to our currently employed 2016-2017 completers (alumni) and their employers to begin the process of data collection, looking at program strengths and weaknesses as well as using the information to identify potential participants for case study work to accomplish our goals.

    Effectiveness and Impact Survey Results
    Alumni Survey Questions
    Employer Survey Questions
  9. The School Psychology program evaluates alumni perspectives regarding the graduates’ current school psychological practices within their employment, perceived competence in specific areas related to school psychology practice, and degree to which they felt the program prepared them for best practices across each domain.

    School Psychology Alumni Survey Results
  10. alumni survey is a combination of initial certification and advanced certification programs.
  11. The employer surveys were sent out separately by programs, one for initial certification programs and one for advanced certification programs.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: April 30, 2018