Graduate Area of Study

Schools and Teaching Programs

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Take the next step in your education career with a graduate degree from Rhode Island College. The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (FSEHD), as well as some education-focused programs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, prepare working professionals to become transformative leaders in a wide range , teaching specializations and classrooms, as well as in community settings. The M.A. in Youth Development, the first of its kind in New England, equips you with the knowledge and skills to lead, design, research and innovate in youth settings, with an emphasis on social justice and culturally relevant care. In 2019, FSEHD launched a new curriculum that is on the cutting edge of teacher education nationwide, and our programs consistently rank among the best in the region. From master's degrees to certificate programs, we offer a variety of certifications and specializations that will empower you to make an impact in your field.

OUTCOMES AND CAREER TRACKS

Job Placements

  • RI State Government Internship Program
  • Providence After School Alliance
  • Providence Public School Department
  • Way to Grow Early Learning Center
  • Beat the Streets Providence
  • Warwick Public Schools

Sample Careers

  • Classroom teacher (Elementary, Middle, Secondary Math, Art, Music or English, K-12)
  • Early childhood educator
  • Multilingual educator
  • Special education teacher
  • Health educator
  • Nonprofit executive leadership
  • Preparation for Doctoral Work in Education, Youth Development, or Youth Studies
  • Management roles in a range of alternative education settings
  • Education director for museums, after school or summer programs
  • School Culture Coordinator

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Art Education, M.A.

About this Program

If you are a certified art teacher or even if you are not seeking teacher certification, Rhode Island College’s M.A. in art education program offers a rich professional development opportunity to further your growth. Your course of study will include art studio, art history and art education courses with leading art faculty, who place emphasis on the complementary relationships between artistic expression, academic inquiry and the teaching of art.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the only public education institution in the state to offer a graduate degree in art education. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to set the standard for excellence in preparing tomorrow’s practitioners to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Arts
Concentrations
Media Studies
Accreditations
National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Art Education, M.A.T.

About this Program

If you have completed at least 45 credit hours of art studio and art history courses, Rhode Island College’s M.A.T. program will prepare you for a teaching career in art education. Through this program, you will work closely with esteemed RIC faculty, who place emphasis on the complementary relationships between artistic expression, academic inquiry and the teaching of art. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach art in all grades (pre-K-12) in Rhode Island.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the only public education institution in the state to offer a graduate degree in art education that leads to teacher certification. As the state’s leading institution in teacher education, RIC is noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education and for preparing tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Arts in Teaching
Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Autism Education

About this Program

Elevate your professional skills through Rhode Island College’s C.G.S. in autism education program. If you currently work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or plan to do so in the future, this program will extend your knowledge, skills and capacity. You will gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics of ASD across the lifespan and the best practices to support people with autism. All program courses are aligned with the advanced Council for Exceptional Children’s standards and are taught by faculty with significant expertise in the field.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Contact Information

Dr. Paul G. LaCava

Associate Professor

Program Information

Degree
Certificate of Graduate Study

Early Childhood Education

About this Program

Research shows that children are more successful in school and beyond if they are given a strong foundation in the earliest years of their lives. Through Rhode Island College’s M.Ed. in early childhood education program you will learn how children grow and develop from birth to age eight and use that knowledge to create learning environments and experiences that benefit children for life.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Education

Early Childhood Special Education

About this Program

Educators who are licensed to teach special education not only increase their employment opportunities, they increase their fulfillment by meeting the needs of all students in an inclusive classroom. From simple improvements to huge leaps, the impact a special education teacher has on a child can truly be life-changing. At Rhode Island College, we offer an intensive one-year M.Ed. program that leads to licensure in early childhood special education. If you are a practicing early childhood teacher or teacher candidate, you are eligible to apply.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Contact Information

Beth M. Pinheiro

Assistant Professor

Program Information

Degree
Master of Education
Accreditations
Council for Exceptional Children

Elementary Education

About this Program

If you have a liberal arts background and are interested in teaching elementary school, Rhode Island College’s M.A.T. program is a great pathway to a teaching career. Rhode Island College is noted for providing the highest level of teacher preparation and a wide variety of field experiences with diverse populations of students. Moreover, our faculty are dynamic educators and scholars with significant expertise in the field. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach elementary education (grades 1-6) in Rhode Island.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Arts in Teaching
Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education

Elementary or Secondary Special Education

About this Program

In school systems across the country, there has been an increased demand for teachers in the challenging and richly rewarding field of special education. The C.G.S. in elementary or secondary special education offers you an accelerated path to licensure as an elementary (grades 1-6) or secondary (grades 7-12) special education teacher. Program courses are led by faculty with significant expertise in the field and coursework is offered both synchronously and asynchronously to accommodate those who work full time. You will leave prepared for field work and clinical practice, inclusive settings and settings with multilingual learners.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Certificate of Graduate Study
Concentrations
Elementary Special Education (Grades 1-6), Secondary Special Education (Grades 7-12)

Elementary or Secondary Special Education

About this Program

In school systems across the country, there has been an increased demand for teachers in the challenging and richly rewarding field of special education. The M.Ed. in elementary or secondary special education results in licensure as an elementary (grades 1-6) or secondary (grades 7-12) special education teacher. Program courses are led by faculty with significant expertise in the field and coursework is offered both synchronously and asynchronously to accommodate those who work full time. You will leave prepared for field work and clinical practice, inclusive settings and settings with multilingual learners.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Education
Concentrations
Elementary Special Education (Grades 1-6), Secondary Special Education (Grades 7-12)
Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education

Health Education

About this Program

Become a leader in public and community health education and school health promotion with an M.Ed. in health education. At RIC, you learn will from expert faculty – leading researchers in their fields – to design, implement and evaluate health education and promotion initiatives; address local, state, national and global health needs; and support healthy outcomes, with emphasis on health equity and social justice. What’s more, you can earn your M.Ed. while working full time. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Education

Middle Level Education

About this Program

If you are a middle level educator, you can expand your existing professional skills and develop new ones through Rhode Island College’s C.G.S. in middle level education. Through this advanced course of study, you will focus on how to cultivate and sustain a more just and equitable world through your curriculum and critically reflective practice. Using your own classroom as the site of inquiry or a placement in a middle school setting, you will ultimately improve your teaching practice and the educational experiences of middle school students.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Certificate of Graduate Study

Music Education, M.A.T.

About this Program

If you hold a bachelor's degree in music (or the credit-hour equivalent), Rhode Island College’s M.A.T. in music education program will prepare you for a teaching career. Your course of study will include instruction in K-12 teaching methods; assessment; classroom research; and the history, philosophy and psychology of music education. In addition to clinical experiences in public school music classrooms, this program will culminate in a semester of full-time student teaching. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach music in all grades (Pre-K-12) in Rhode Island.

  

Why Rhode Island College?

RIC’s music education program features prominent performers, scholars, educators and conductors, including clinical experiences mentored by the area’s most accomplished public school music teachers. Since its founding in 1854, RIC remains the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Arts in Teaching
Accreditations
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, National Association of Schools of Music, Rhode Island Department of Education

Ph.D. in Education Program

About this Program

The Ph.D. in education is offered jointly by Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island. This cooperative program, which draws on the resources of two strong institutions, has been designed for the crucial mission of preparing leaders of effective, research-based educational reform.

Contact Information

Program Information

Degree
Ph.D. in Education

Rhode Island Teacher Education (RITE)

About this Program

If you hold a bachelor’s degree and have majored in or completed a substantial amount of coursework in one of the following areas: mathematics, biology, chemistry, English, general science, history, physics, Portuguese, social studies or Spanish, you may pursue secondary education teaching certification in that area through the RITE (Rhode Island Teacher Education) program – a nondegree, postbaccalaureate program. For the first year of the two-year program, you can take day or evening classes. Extensive field experiences provide early immersion in the classroom. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach grades 9-12 in Rhode Island.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Contact Information

Dr. Paul Tiskus

Associate Professor

Program Information

Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education

Secondary Education, English

About this Program

If you have already completed your bachelor’s degree in English or a related field, Rhode Island College will prepare you for a teaching career in English at the secondary education level. Our faculty are dynamic educators and scholars, and we cultivate teachers as writers and inquirers. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach English in grades 9-12 in Rhode Island. You will also be eligible to pursue endorsement in English as a second language or special education.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Arts in Teaching
Concentrations
English Pedagogy
Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education

Secondary Education, Mathematical Pedagogy

About this Program

If you have already completed your bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a related field, Rhode Island College will prepare you for a teaching career in mathematics at the secondary education level. Our faculty are dynamic educators and scholars with expertise in integrating STEM, Common Core standards and other best practices into the classroom. Your coursework will be supplemented by field experiences. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach mathematics in grades 9-12 in Rhode Island. You will also be eligible to pursue endorsement in English as a second language or special education.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s premier higher education institution for training mathematics teachers. Our graduates are in demand in Rhode Island and throughout the region and many have been awarded for excellence in teaching mathematics at the local, regional and national levels. Since its founding in 1854, Rhode Island College remains the state’s leading institution in teacher education.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Arts in Teaching
Concentrations
Mathematical Pedagogy
Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education

Severe Intellectual Disabilities

About this Program

If you are already a Rhode Island certified teacher in mild/moderate disabilities, Rhode island College provides an accelerated path to certification in severe intellectual disabilities, thereby increasing your job opportunities. Through the C.G.S. program, you will be taught the unique learning needs of the severe intellectual disabilities population by faculty with significant expertise in the field. Our faculty are noted for offering the most advanced, evidence-based practices and for maintaining strong relationships with practicing teachers in both public and private schools who support students with severe intellectual disabilities.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Certificate of Graduate Study

Special Education, Exceptional Learning Needs

About this Program

If you are already a certified special education teacher, Rhode Island College’s M.Ed. in exceptional learning needs will allow you to add value to your organization and advance your teaching career. This program is led by faculty with significant expertise in the field and courses are aligned with the advanced Council for Exceptional Children’s standards. To apply, you must hold Rhode Island certification in special education or be eligible for Rhode Island certification if you hold a valid special education license from another state.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Contact Information

Dr. Paul G. LaCava

Associate Professor

Program Information

Degree
Master of Education
Concentrations
Exceptional Learning Needs

Special Education, Severe Intellectual Disabilities

About this Program

If you are certified to teach early childhood, elementary or secondary education or can demonstrate concurrent enrollment in one of these teacher preparation programs, you are eligible to enroll in the M.Ed. program in severe intellectual disabilities. You will be taught the unique learning needs of this population by faculty with significant expertise in the field. Our faculty offer the most advanced, evidence-based practices and maintain strong relationships with practicing teachers in both public and private schools who support students with severe intellectual disabilities.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Education

Special Education, Urban Multicultural

About this Program

Rhode Island College’s M.Ed. in urban multicultural special education is one of the few well-established programs in the nation that focuses on preparing special education teachers to work with multilingual learners. This program is designed for practicing K-12 special education teachers who work with multilingual learners and for teacher candidates in RIC’s B.S. in elementary special education program who wish to work with multilingual exceptional children. Program participants will explore the unique needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities and apply theory in their field experiences.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Education
Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education, TESOL for ESL certification

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

About this Program

Emergent bilinguals are the fastest growing population in Rhode Island schools, creating an ever-increasing need for ESL teachers. RIC’s combined M.Ed./C.G.S. program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages prepares certified teachers and teacher candidates to work with emergent bilinguals of all ages in both ESL classrooms and bilingual dual language classrooms. Moreover, if you are a bilingual teacher candidate, you can earn both ESL and bilingual dual language certification. Work in Rhode Island or anywhere in the world where students of all ages are learning English as an additional language.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Contact Information

Dr. Sarah Hesson

Associate Professor

Program Information

Degree
Master of Education
Certificate of Graduate Study
Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education; Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Bilingual Education concentration

About this Program

Emergent bilinguals are the fastest growing population in Rhode Island schools, creating an ever-increasing need for ESL teachers. RIC’s C.G.S. program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with a concentration in bilingual education prepares certified teachers and teacher candidates to work with emergent bilinguals of all ages in both ESL classrooms and bilingual dual language classrooms. Moreover, if you are a bilingual teacher candidate, you can earn both ESL and bilingual dual language certification. Work in Rhode Island or anywhere in the world where students of all ages are learning English as an additional language.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Contact Information

Dr. Sarah Hesson

Associate Professor

Program Information

Degree
Certificate of Graduate Study
Concentrations
Bilingual Education
Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education; Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation

World Languages Education

About this Program

If you have a strong undergraduate background in French, Portuguese or Spanish, the M.A.T. in world languages education will prepare you for a teaching career at all levels of instruction. Along with coursework, you will engage with local language communities through multiple field placements in K-12 and community-based settings. You will also have many opportunities to learn and practice advocacy for language education at the local, state and national levels. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach world languages in all grades (Pre-K-12) in Rhode Island.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the state’s leading institution in teacher education, noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to educate tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Contact Information

Dr. Erin Papa

Assistant Professor

Program Information

Degree
Master of Arts in Teaching
Concentrations
French, Portuguese, Spanish
Accreditations
Rhode Island Department of Education, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation

Youth Development

About this Program

Rhode Island College’s M.A. in youth development program is the first of its kind in New England. Designed for early and mid-career professional youth workers, this advanced degree program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to lead, design, research and innovate in youth settings. Emphasis is on social justice, culturally relevant care and experiential learning. Coursework includes field experiences that provide opportunities to learn from and lead Rhode Island’s vibrant youth development community.

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College is the only educational institution in the region with a graduate program that prepares professional youth workers. With its newly designed School of Education facility, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, RIC continues to set the standard for excellence in preparing tomorrow’s practitioners to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Arts
Concentrations
Candidates design their own concentration comprised of two elective courses and a capstone project