Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Teacher Certification Program (TCP)

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The Providence College Teacher Certification Program (TCP) offers a post baccalaureate path to certification for individuals seeking a career in secondary school teaching. The program leads to certification in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies/History.  As of July 1, 2023, TCP is housed within the School of Education and Social Work.

Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent (30 credit hours) in their content area. Students without a bachelor’s degree may take up to 2 EDU courses toward their certificate.

TCP requirements include the successful completion of 18 credit hours of professional education courses, including two field experiences; a 12-week (9 credit hours), full-time student teaching experience; passing score on the state required certification exam, construction of a student growth plan reflective of the Rhode Island Professional Teacher Standards; and a final recommendation for certification.

By the end of the program, students will be knowledgeable about the Rhode Island Professional Teachers Standards and will be competent in integrating these standards within their teaching practice.  Students will be eligible for certification upon successful completion of student teaching and all other state-mandated requirements (e.g. exams).

Admission Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • A major or a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits in one of the content areas listed above.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s potential for a career in teaching.
  • Personal interview with the TCP director.
  • Essays

(Students with a grade point average below 3.0 but above 2.75 may be eligible for conditional admission. 


For more information, please contact the program director, Dr. Katherine Hibbard, at 401.865.2852 or view the TCP website.

Total: 27 credit hours

Students may receive up to 6 hours of transfer credit for Education courses, not including Student Teaching.

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