Certificate Programs

Rhode Island College offers a variety of certificate programs designed to meet the needs of students, community members, and professionals. Programs range from entry-level workforce development and job skills training through undergraduate and graduate studies.

FINANCIAL AID: RIC certificate programs eligible for federal financial aid are identified below. Please contact the Outside LinkOffice of Financial Aid for additional information.

Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUS)

CUS programs are primarily for undergraduate-level students, where the certificate components consist mostly of Rhode Island College undergraduate-level courses. Admission and retention requirements are significant. These certificates typically provide applied academic and/or professional training.

Outside LinkCertificate in Social and Human Service Assistance
Contact: Princess Metuge
401-456-9884
pmetuge@ric.edu
Eligible for federal financial aid

Outside LinkGerontology
Contact: Rachel Filinson
401-456-8732
rfilinson@ric.edu

Outside LinkPublic History
Contact: Erik Christiansen
401-456-8039

Outside LinkInternational Non-Governmental Organizations Studies (INGOS)
Contact: Robyn Linde
401-456-8278
rlinde@ric.edu

Nonprofit Studies
Contact: Michael Andrade
mandrade@ric.edu
Eligible for federal financial aid

College and Career Attainment
Contact: Claire Rosenbaum
crosenbaum@ric.edu
(401) 456-4732

Long Term Care Administration
Contact:  Marianne Raimondo
401-456-6359
mraimondo@ric.edu

   

Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS)

CGS programs are primarily for post-baccalaureate-level students, where the certificate components consist mostly of Rhode Island College graduate-level courses. Admission and retention requirements are extensive. These certificates typically provide advanced applied academic and/or professional training.

Advanced Counseling

(Federal financial aid available)*

This CGS enables students who already have a Master's degree, which is fewer than 60 credits, to obtain 60 credits needed for licensure as a mental health counselor in the state of Rhode Island. Students will be able to take from 15-27 credits depending upon the number of credits they need for licensure. Core courses in counseling practica and internship (a total of 12 credits) will be required of all CGS candidates. Other credits are determined based on the needs of the candidate.

Contact: Monica Darcy
401-456-8023

mdarcy@ric.edu


Advanced Study of Creative Writing

(Federal financial aid available)*

This program has been developed for those from various disciplines and backgrounds who wish to pursue creative writing in a structured environment.  The CGS serves as a credential of extended study in fiction, poetry, or literary nonfiction writing, a valuable asset in many fields. Credits earned may be applied to the M.A. should students wish to apply for and be accepted into the M.A. program.

Contact: Mark Anderson
401-456-4648
manderson@ric.edu


Advanced Study of Literature

(Federal financial aid available)*

This program enables students to pursue the study of literature on an advanced, graduate level. Courses can be applied towards the Masters degree if students are admitted to the Masters program later. The certificate may be particularly useful to high school teachers seeking a credential to teach college-credit English courses.

Contact: Barbara Schapiro
401-456-8667

bschapiro@ric.edu


Autism Education

(Federal financial aid available)*

Increases in the incidence of autism in Rhode Island has created the need to extend the learning opportunities for school professionals (teachers and related service personnel) to further develop their knowledge and skills in effective practices that support learning for students with autism.

Contact: Paul LaCava
401-456-9703

placava@ric.edu


Childhood Trauma

The C.G.S. is open to all second year MSW students and those who have earned the MSW or Masters in Counseling and are interested in gaining knowledge and skills in trauma-informed, evidence-based practice with children and adolescents. Enrolled students will have to earn 18 credits in courses that are intended to enhance their understanding of the nature of a traumatic experience from a child’s perspective and explore the ways in which trauma influences the child and family. Included in the array of courses is a field experience and a clinical evaluation class. The curriculum is supported by evidence-based research under the auspices of National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Contact: Daniel Harvey
401-456-8761

dharvey@ric.edu


Financial Planning

(Federal financial aid available)*

The C.G.S. in financial planning is a program of 18 credit hours (6 courses) that prepares candidates to sit for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ without having to complete a master's program. Completion of the required course work meets CFP Board’s requirements for eligibility.

Contact: Lisa Church
401-456-9593

lchurch@ric.edu


Health Psychology

(Federal financial aid available)*

The Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) in Health Psychology provides post-baccalaureate education to people interested in health-related fields of work. The knowledge gained in this program has applications for careers in health-related research, patient care, and public health policy.

Contact: Christine Marco
401-456-8598

cmarco@ric.edu


Historical Studies

The Certificate of Graduate Studies in Historical Studies provides advanced studies in History and allows students to follow an American, Western, non-Western or World focus.  It affords both flexibility and the opportunity to concentrate in a particular area.

Contact: Ron Dufour
401-456-9784

rdufour@ric.edu


Mathematics Content Specialist: Elementary

(Federal financial aid available)*

Designed to facilitate the professional improvement of teachers of mathemetics in elementary schools, this 15 credit program (5 courses) covers four topic areas.  It aligns with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Rhode Island Mathematics Standards (GLEs/GSEs) and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics (CCSS).  Each course delves into the conceptual and computational understanding of mathematics and provides the elementary school teacher a deeper understanding of the mathematics content they instruct.

Contact: Donna Christy
401-456-8038

dchristy@ric.edu


Middle-Level Education

This program meets RIDE middle grades certification and consists of advanced graduate study and practicum training for students with an undergraduate degree and either elementary or secondary teaching certificate.

Contact: John Niska
401-456-4655

jniska@ric.edu


Modern Biological Sciences

(Federal financial aid available)*

This curriculum provides for advanced study of the biological sciences and their application in the laboratory.  Designed to be completed in one year of full-time study, the program consists of 15-17 credit hours that include required and elective graduate-level course work as well as research experience.

Contact: Edythe Anthony
401-456-9793

eanthony@ric.edu


Nonprofit Studies

Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Nonprofit Studies is designed to strengthen leadership and analytical skills for current and future leaders of nonprofit organizations. The program will afford students key competency skills in nonprofit management areas including, but not limited to, fundraising, strategic planning, personnel, finance and governance.

Contact: Michael Andrade
401-456-8864

mandrade@ric.edu


Nursing Care Management

(Federal financial aid available)*

The Nursing Care Management Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) has been designed to meet a rapidly emerging need in health care, that of preparing nurses for nurse care/case manager positions across health care settings

Contact: Jean Schwager
401-456-9508

jschwager@ric.edu


Physical Education

(Federal financial aid available)*

This CGS introduces students to advanced studies in current trends and topics in Physical Education.  The program provides students with tools to adjust current physical education school programs to meet the needs of today's children and their community.  It serves to increase a student's marketability and enhance teaching techniques based on theory.

Contact: Robin Kirkwood Auld
401-456-8880

rauld@ric.edu


Public History

Designed for students with an undergraduate background in History and/or workplace experience in the field, this 15 credit CGS provides an introduction to graduate study in History, and intensive training in the practical application, scope, methodologies and procedures of public history.

Contact: Ronald Dufour
456-9784

rdufour@ric.edu


Severe Intellectual Disabilities

This cohort-based program offers teachers who are currently certified as a teacher of students with mild/moderate disabilities an extension of their skills to the skills, knowledge and perspectives they need to effectively support students with severe and complex disabilities. It provides an accelerated path to teacher certification in Severe Intellectual Disabilities.

Contact: Marie Lynch
456-8673

mlynch@ric.edu

Certificate of Continuing Studies (CCS)

CCS programs are primarily for non-degree students, where the certificate components consist primarily of courses and/or workshops earning credits not associated with undergraduate or graduate programs at Rhode Island College, such as continuing education units (CEUs), college Outreach Program credit, etc. Admission and retention requirements for most CCS programs are minimal. These certificates typically provide professional development, vocational training, or personal enrichment.

Outside LinkClinical Issues in Adoption and Foster Care
Contact: Kimberly Smith
401-456-4625
afcc@ric.edu

Outside LinkOffice of Outreach Programs
Contact: Jenifer Giroux
Phone: 401-456-8698
jgiroux@ric.edu

The following certificate programs are offered by the Office of Outreach Programs:

Page last updated: Friday, June 26, 2015