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Admissions for Undergraduates Applying to Initial Teacher Certification Programs

The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (FSEHD) offers a range of Initial Certification Programs. Initial certification is for anyone who does not yet have a certification, or a RI teaching license.​

Requirements for admission to our teacher certification programs.

Number of earned credits

  • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours which can include transfer credits. Contact the Admissions Office if you believe transfer credit has not been awarded.

Minimum cumulative RIC Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75

  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for FSEHD admission.
  • If you meet all of the admissions requirements except for your RIC GPA, you may be eligible for our conditional admission policy.

SAT/ ACT/ Core (basic skills tests)

  • Take and pass the basic skills tests​ (FSEHD suggests students take the SAT or ACT exam)
  • If you meet all admission requirements except for your basic skills test scores, you may be eligible for our conditional admission policy.

Basic skills tests score requirements for undergraduate applicants.


Required Score

SAT Evidence-based R/Writing


SAT Mathematics




ACT Reading


ACT Mathematics


ACT English




Core Reading


Core Writing


Core Mathematics


Test scores may be mixed

  • If applicants take the SAT and need to retake the mathematics test, they may take the ACT or the Core math test.
  • If applicants take the SAT and need to retake the Reading/Writing test, they may take the ACT Reading and English or Core Reading and Writing tests.

Click here for Conditional Admissions Application Information​ (for GPA and basic skills tests)

Writing Requirement (can be met in the following ways)

  • Earn a grade of B or better in FYW 100 or an equivalent/transfer (as determined by RIC Admissions)
  • Earn a score of 59 or better on the College Composition College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Test
  • Earn a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Test for English Language and Composition

Mathematics Requirement - meeting the RIC mathematics requirement satisfies the FSEHD mathematics requirement and can be done in multiple ways

  • Appropriate placement on RIC’s Mathematics Placement Exam
  • Successful completion of Math 010 or equivalent
  • Transferring in a course equivalent to Math 120
  • Transferring in a course equivalent to Math 177 or higher at RIC
  • Classic Accuplacer scores (test date prior to August 2018)
  • Arithmetic + Algebra score of at least 107 or Algebra score of at least 57

If the Classic Accuplacer was taken at another school and the minimum score requirement was met, request that the scores be sent from your previous school to​.

Foundations (FNED) course requirements

  • Pass FNED 101: Introduction to Teaching and Learning (incoming freshman and transfer students).
  • Earn a grade of B- or better in FNED 346: Schooling in a Democratic Society or FNED 246: Schooling for Social Justice.

Disposition Assessments – assessments will be completed during the FNED 246/346 course (transfer students must also submit these forms). Contact the Associate Dean’s Office, 401-456-8822, for more information.

  • Faculty disposition assessment (completed by your professor)
  • Supervisor disposition assessment (completed by your supervisor in the field)
  • Self-evaluation/assessment (completed by you)

Program specific course requirementseach program​ has additional coursework and GPA requirements.

  • Contact the appropriate department to connect with your FSEHD teacher education advisor.​​​

To check the status of your FSEHD admission requirements

Log in to the MyRIC portal account and select FSEHD APPL Requirements (Other Student Links).

If a box is not checked you will be unable to apply but you will know which requirements have not been met.

When all boxes are checked you will be able to apply when the online application screen is active.

To apply go to ‘Apply For FSEHD’ (also in MyRIC), choose your major, and select SAVE.

Your application will be reviewed by the Department Chair who oversees your program then will return to the Associate Dean’s Office for a final review.

Upon admission to your program you become a Feinstein School Teacher Candidate.​​​

Page last updated: November 15, 2019