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.
PROGRAM SPECIFIC INFORMATION
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).
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 where you completed coursework applicable to the endorsement sought. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 2: Download the Application for Certification. Fill out all sections completely.
Step 3. E-mail Licensure at firstname.lastname@example.org 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