Credential Review Pathway (CRP) Overview and Instructions
The Rhode Island College (RIC) Credential Review Pathway (CRP) is a differentiated pathway to teacher certification approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education. CRP is for individuals who:
- Hold an Expert Residency or Emergency Certification;
- Are fully certified in one area and wish to add an additional certification; OR
- Wish to renew a certification that is more than five years expired.
If you can document these prerequisites you are qualified to participate:
- You are a current or previously certified educator
- You earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0*
- You have extensive teaching experience** in the desired certification area
*or post-bachelor's coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0
**Extensive teaching experience is a full semester of supervised student teaching in the desired certification area or 270+ days of full-time teaching in the desired certification area. Work experience as a teacher assistant does not count. You need to be fully in charge of the class. If you are working on an Expert Residency or Emergency Certification, this experience can be included as one of your action items on your CRP Plan of Study.
The purpose of the Credential Review Pathway application is to demonstrate how you have met each of the professional competencies outlined in the:
- RI Professional Teaching Standards - RIPTS[PDF, 191 KB]; AND
- The professional association standards for your desired area of certification. See RIDE's Professional Association Standards by Certificate Area document to find the standards for your certification area. For example, if you are seeking All Grades World Languages certification, your standards are from ACTFL.
To apply to the RIC Credential Review Pathway, you will create an account and apply through CollegeNET, our Graduate Studies application platform.
Create your account and application here.*
Please see detailed Application Instructions and Materials Required here.
*Note to Applicants Seeking Credential Review for More Than One Certification Area: A separate application and fee is required for each certification sought.
A. RIC CRP receives full online RIC CRP applications with documentation throughout the year.
The process of assessing the full RIC CRP online application can take up to 14 weeks after the date the online application is fully completed and the $150 fee has been received.
B. Faculty Review Process
Faculty reviewers are not expected to assess applications during the summer (May 15–late August).
- Applications submitted between April 15 - June 3 will not be assessed until September 8.
- If you are applying for the re-issuance of an expert residency preliminary certificate (emergency certificate) and are required by RIDE to submit a CRP Status Form and Plan of Study as evidence of enrollment, we advise that you submit your CRP application materials and $150 fee no later than February 6 to prepare for the August 31 deadline. The Status Form and Plan of Study should be assessed by May 15.
C. Review of your full application
After the review of your full application with documentation, we will email you a status form indicating met and unmet certification requirements and a plan of study. The plan of study will include specific actions to help you achieve "unmet" certification requirements. The plan of study may list the Rhode Island College coursework or other actions required to achieve professional, pedagogical and content competencies and assessment requirements.
D. Achieve All Certification Requirements
After Achieving All Certification Requirements, the Feinstein School of Education Dean will sign the Credential Review Completion Authorization. RIC CRP will send this signed form to you. Next, you will apply for your certificate at RIDE and include the form in the RIDE application materials for issuance of the certificate.
If you have additional questions about RIC CRP, please email CRP@ric.edu.