RI Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions

Rhode Island Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions

To be eligible for recommendation by WGU's Licensure Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate teacher preparation program, or a Master of Science in Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.  Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams and all state required exams.


Rhode Island Licensure Instructions:


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 initial teacher certification application. 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: Compile all application documents:

1. Application form,
2. All official transcripts,
3. Praxis score report documenting passing of all required exams,
4. Letter of recommendation,
5. Application fee of $100 for the initial license and $50 per certification area for which you have applied (if applicable). The fee must be submitted in the form of a check or money order made payable to "General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island."

Step 5:  Submit complete application packet to:


Rhode Island Department of Education
Office of Educator Excellence and Certification Services
255 Westminster Street, 4th Floor
Providence, RI 02903


A complete outline of requirements for initial certification can also be found on the Rhode Island Department of Education website.


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



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