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Elementary MAT 2014

Become a certified Elementary School Teacher

   Flexible and streamlined program 

RIC's Elementary Education MAT program is offering a fast track route to earn a master's degree with eligibility for certification. This 1-year intensive, off-campus graduate program begins in early May with 8 weeks of coursework structured to include field experiences, face-to-face course time and online discourse. One additional summer online course follows the initial 8 weeks. Intensive course practicum experiences begin with the fall semester and culminate the following spring semester with a full-time student teaching experience. This fast track route is one option for completing our Master of Arts in Teaching program. For candidates who find that it is too intensive, we offer options to move into our regular, slower-paced program, or to 'mix and match' the two options as needs change. Our programs are flexible and stream-lined, as evidenced by our newly revised program that is now 36 credits.

Tentative Schedule 

Summer: Foundations & Beginning Methods (15 credits)
   May Intensive: May 5th - 29th (Monday - Thursday)
  • 1:00 to 3:00 ELED 500 Reflections: The Art and Science of Teaching (3)
  • 3:30 to 5:30 CEP 552 Psychological Perspectives on Learning and Teaching (3)

    June Intensive: June 2nd - 26th  (Monday - Thursday)

  • ELED 528 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools (3)
  • SPED 531 Instructional Approaches to Children with Special Needs (3)
   July  (online course)
  • FNED 502 Social Issues in Education (3)
Fall: Practicum (12 credits)
  • ELED 522 Reading I MAT Practicum (3)
  • ELED 527 Language Arts MAT Practicum (3)
  • ELED 537 Science MAT Practicum (3)
  • ELED 538 Mathematics MAT Practicum (3)
Spring: Student Teaching (9 credits)
  • ELED 559 Student Teaching in the Elementary School (7)
  • ELED 569 Student Teaching Seminar in Elementary Education (2)


Admissions Requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree with minimum GPA of 3.0 and content background appropriate for teaching elementary school
  • Test scores from Praxis II Multiple Subjects Exam (5031) and earn passing scores on each subtest (Reading and Language Arts-165; Mathematics-164; Social Studies-155; Science-159)

  • Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • Two disposition references
  •  Your resume outlining educational and work experiences
  • IF GPA IS BELOW 3.0, then test scores from Praxis I PPST: Math score of at least 179, Reading score of at least 179,Writing score of at least 177, and Composite score of 535, with no test score more than 3 points below the cut or GRE: minimum composite score of 1100, including at least 465 on Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning score of at least 584 are required. Taking and passing the Praxis I PPST or GRE does not guarantee admission, but will be considered in conjunction with all other criteria.

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Contact Information:

Program Coordinator, Dr. Rainy Cotti,, 401-456-8384
Cohort Manager, Paula McKeon,, 401-456-8110