Student teachers in class

The B.A. in secondary education is designed for those who plan to teach in the secondary school and concentrate in one of the following areas: biology, chemistry, English, general science, history, mathematics, physics, social studies. A teaching concentration in special education may also be chosen in addition to one of these majors. 

Concentrations

Program Coordinators: 
Associate Professor Jeremy Benson 
401-456-9828 
jbenson@ric.edu 

Professor Janet Johnson 
401-456-8018 
jjohnson@ric.edu 

If you are interested in teaching secondary education English, Rhode Island College provides the highest level of teacher preparation and a wide variety of field experiences. Our faculty are dynamic educators and scholars who place emphasis on social justice and antiracist thought and action in the classroom and community. We emphasize empowering students, teachers and communities, 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. 

Program Coordinator:
Assistant Professor Rudolf Kraus 
401-477-6337 
rkraus@ric.edu 

Job prospects are excellent for general science secondary education majors due to the shortage of science teachers. At Rhode Island College, our faculty have expertise in best practices that align with the Next Generation Science Standards. Along with a concentration in general science, you must select one of the following areas of expertise: biology, chemistry, physics or middle level education. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach general science in grades 7-12 in Rhode Island. You will also be eligible for a second certification in biology, chemistry, physics or middle level education and be able to pursue endorsement in English as a second

Program Coordinator:
Assistant Professor Tommy Ender 
401-456-2803 
tender@ric.edu 

Rhode Island College's secondary education history program has been awarded national recognition by the National Council for the Social Studies, and our graduates are recognized throughout the state for their excellent teacher preparation. In this program, you will learn from dynamic faculty who place inquiry at the center of learning. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach history in grades 9-12 in Rhode Island. 

Program Coordinator: 
Professor Vivian La Ferla 
401-456-9861 
vlaferla@ric.edu 

As 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. Our dynamic faculty are both educators and scholars with expertise in integrating STEM, Common Core standards and other best practices into the classroom. In addition, your field experiences will prepare you to work with diverse student populations. 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. 

Program Coordinator:
Professor Ellen Bigler 
(401) 456-8385 
ebigler@ric.edu 

Rhode Island College secondary education social studies program has been awarded national recognition by the National Council for the Social Studies, and our graduates are recognized throughout the state for their excellent teacher preparation. Along with selecting social studies as your concentration, you must select one of the following areas of expertise: anthropology/sociology, political science, geography or global studies. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach social studies in grades 9-12 in Rhode Island, with a concentration in one of the following areas of expertise: anthropology/sociology, political science, geography or global studies. 

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Admission to any undergraduate teacher certification program requires: 

  1. Rhode Island College admission
  2. Feinstein School of Education and Human Development admission.
  3. Completion of program-specific requirements (dependent upon your chosen program). 

Minor in Educational Studies

Declaring a minor allows you to explore other areas of interest and make interdisciplinary connections. Minor areas at RIC complement and reinforce all major areas of study. By declaring a minor, you can set yourself apart as a candidate for job, internship and volunteer opportunities. Click below for information on the minor in educational studies. 

Minor in Educational Studies