Department of Elementary Education

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What We Do

We offer accredited academic programs that prepare teachers to function effectively in early childhood and elementary school teaching positions.

Contact Information
Department Chair

Carolyn Obel-Omia


Lisa Cappelli
Higher Education Administrative Assistant II

The Department of Elementary Education places emphasis on translating research and theory into classroom practice through extensive field placements. For graduate students who are certified teachers, the department provides subject matter and pedagogical knowledge that will permit high levels of performance within school settings. The department also provides a way for academically competent and highly motivated college graduates who have a liberal arts background to enter the field of education.


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Rhode Island College is an exclusive member of the Common Application. All students applying for undergraduate admission must complete the Common Application. This includes freshmen, second degree students, re-admits and international applicants.

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