Feinstein School of Education and Human Development Admissions
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 RI teaching license.
This page provides details about admissions for those interested in Initial Certification Programs in the Undergraduate and Second Bachelor’s Degree programs. While the R.I.T.E. and M.A.T. programs are also Initial Certification Programs information for these can be found at the
Program Specific Requirements page.
Requirements for admission to our teacher certification programs.
SAT/ ACT/ Core (basic skills test)
Take and pass the
basic skills tests (SAT, ACT, or Core)
Complete at least 24 semester/credit hours:
This includes transfer credits – contact Admissions Office if you believe transfer credit has not been awarded
- Meet the following
FSEHD Course Requirements
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
FSEHD writing requirement - meeting this requirement can be done multiple 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
FSEHD mathematics requirement - meeting the RIC mathematics requirement satisfies the FSEHD mathematics requirement and can be done in multiple ways:
- Earn a grade of S in MATH 010
- Mathematics test scores: earn a 480 or better on the SAT or a 20 or better on the ACT (higher score needed for the basic skills requirement)
- Math assessment exam (Accuplacer – go to the Mathematics Learning Center in Adams Library, lower level). Visit OASIS to learn more.
- Students who receive transfer credit for a course(s) deemed equivalent to Mathematics 010 or 177 or higher will have met the College Mathematics Competency.
Complete FNED 346: Schooling in a Democratic Society
- Earn a grade of B- or higher
Program specific course requirements and curriculum
Disposition Reference forms will be completed during FNED 346. Three forms will be submitted during the course.
- A cumulative GPA of courses taken at RIC is required for FSEHD admission.
Community Service – the field work completed in FNED 346 will count for the first 15 hours of community service. You are required to complete 25 hours of community service before student teaching. You will be asked to enter school and hours information in Chalk and Wire once admitted to a program.
Fieldwork, diversity – you will be required to keep track of locations for your field work (to be determined)
- Faculty disposition form (completed by your professor)
- Supervisor disposition form (completed by your supervisor in the field)
- Self-evaluation form (completed by you)