Rhode Island Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

Rhode Island requires all aspiring teachers to complete a teacher preparation program at an accredited institution before becoming eligible to teach in the state. The teaching school guide found below is designed to help future teachers find quality teaching schools in Rhode Island. There are several colleges and universities in the state that offer degree programs. For useful information on teaching degrees in Rhode Island, take a look at the list below of accredited teacher preparation programs and student reviews. For anyone determined to become an educator, this guide is a great place to find the best program for your individual needs.

School Facts

  • There are 9 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Rhode Island.1
  • Seven colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Brown University, 95%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Providence College, 4%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Rhode Island School of Design, $33,185.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Rhode Island College, $8,426.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Rhode Island*: $18,296 – $42,808.2
  • One school ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Brown University (15).
  • One school ranked in Forbes Top Colleges List (top 100): Brown University (19)).
  • Two teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

Brown University: Brown University is a member of the prestigious Ivy League of Colleges and Universities. Brown students are able to study education within the department of education. The department focuses it scholarly and teaching endeavors on human learning, teaching, educational reform, and policy. In addition to the concentration in Education Studies, the Education Department offers certification programs in teacher education at the elementary and secondary levels. The Undergraduate Program prepares students for certification in a variety of disciplines and areas of certification at the elementary level. The department also offers a graduate level Master of Arts in Teaching program in both elementary and secondary teacher certification.

University of Rhode Island: The University of Rhode Island School of Education continuously develops the finest educators in the state of Rhode Island and beyond. The School has approximately 400 undergraduates and 300 graduate students. Education currently ranks second in undergraduate majors at the institution with just over 1,300 students. The university offers nearly 30 programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. The School of Education requires all teacher education candidates to pass both the Praxis exams prior to student teaching. In 2009, the school achieved its first 100% pass rate. Students majoring in secondary education must double major in their area of content such as history, science, and math. The University of Rhode Island is responsible for supplying the most certified teachers in the entire state.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated and ranked 1,100 college programs that prepare future teachers for a professional career in the classroom (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). According to the NCTQ rating system, only one program in Rhode Island made the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Rhode Island received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    Rhode Island College (Graduate Secondary) 3stars
    University of Rhode Island (Undergraduate Secondary) 2-5stars
    University of Rhode Island (Undergraduate Elementary) 2stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Rhode Island College
  • University of Rhode Island

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Rhode Island

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Rhode Island

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Brown University
Prospect St
Providence, RI 2912
(401) 863-1000

Johnson & Wales University
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903-3703
(401) 598-1000

Providence College
River Ave and Eaton St
Providence, RI 02918-0001
(401) 865-1000

Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Ave
Providence, RI 2908
(401) 456-8000

Rhode Island School of Design
2 College St
Providence, RI 2903
(401) 454-6100

Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Rd
Bristol, RI 02809-2923
(401) 253-1040

Student Review: “RWU is a very good, hands-on, institution. In the two years so far that I’ve been here, I have yet to find a professor that wasn’t motivated to teach, or wasn’t motivated to help a struggling student. It is extremely easy to meet/schedule meetings with higher-up’s too. The number of clubs at the school is also a plus too, with the great number of clubs that we have, there is always something for everyone. I have always been a fan of the quality of the campus, it is in a nice location, it is modern, and I am honored when I conduct tours to possible upcoming students. The quality of the meals here are excellent too, they easily beat out all of the other schools I toured.” -Rich B., student at Roger Williams University

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 2881
(401) 874-1000

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/