RI Adding an Endorsement to a Teaching Certificate

Adding an Endorsement to a Rhode Island Teaching Certificate



Rhode Island educators who wish to add new certificate areas must complete specific coursework or an approved program, depending on their existing license and the type of license they wish to add. See section 13 (Adding New Certificate Areas) of the Rhode Island Certification Regulations for more information.




WGU Program

How to Add an Additional Endorsement

MA Mathematics Education (MAME)




MA Science Education (MASE)

A) Adding an Endorsement at the Same Grade Level (Secondary > Secondary)


Rhode Island educators who hold a secondary certificate and wish to add another secondary area to their license must pass the appropriate Praxis content exam and complete a major or equivalent in the new area.


Teachers who hold a secondary science certificate and wish to add another science area may add the new science area by passing the appropriate Praxis content exam and completing 24 hours of coursework in the new area.


B) Adding an Endorsement at a New Grade Level (Elementary > Secondary)


If you hold an Elementary certificate and wish to add a secondary area, you must complete a state-approved program (such as a MAME or MASE program from WGU).

C) Adding Middle Grades Certification (Elementary > Middle or Secondary > Middle)

Adding middle grades (5-8) endorsement to an existing teaching certificate requires a 45 hour practicum in a middle grades classroom which is not part of the middle grades MAME program at WGU. You must arrange to complete 45 clock hours as part of your Teacher Work Sample at the end of your program. A practicum log must be included with the submission of your Teacher Work Sample. 


MS Special Education (MSSP)




English Language Learning (ENDELL, MAELL)

Rhode Island educators who wish to add Special Education or English as a Second Language to their certificate must complete a state-approved program, such as those offered by WGU for additional endorsements in these areas.

Rhode Island educators holding a professional teaching certificate may apply for certification in new areas after either completing a state-approved teacher preparation program in the new area or by completing additional coursework as prescribed by the Rhode Island Department. Review the Certification Requirements to see specific coursework requirements for the various certification and endorsement areas available in Rhode Island. 

Graduates of a WGU endorsement preparation program may apply for an endorsement to their Rhode Island teaching license by following  these steps:

Step 1:  Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Once your graduation application has been processed by the WGU Records Office you will receive a notification with information on how to order two complimentary copies of your official WGU transcript from the National Student Clearinghouse. You will have the option of selecting electronic or mail delivery. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see the WGU Transcript FAQ article. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. MAT students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program. Be sure to leave transcripts you elect to have mailed to you in their sealed envelopes.

Step 2: Download the Application for Certification. Fill out all sections completely.

Step 3. E-mail Licensure at licensure@wgu.edu to request a letter of recommendation on WGU letterhead. The Certification Officer will complete the letter and mail it back to you in a sealed envelope for inclusion in your application packet. 

Step 4: Prepare the application fee for the new certification area. The fee varies depending on whether you have an initial license or a professional license and must be submitted in the form of a check or money order made payable to "General Treasurer - State of Rhode Island." 

Step 5: Mail official transcript(s), application forms, and fee to


Rhode Island Department of Education

Office of Educator Excellence and Certification Services
255 Westminster Street, 4th floor
Providence, RI 02903


Application processing and evaluation varies during the year based on demand and averages 12-16 weeks.


Article Number : 20099, 1578

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