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Graduate Certificates

Certificates of Graduate Studies (CGS)

Certificates of Graduate Study are primarily for post-baccalaureate-level students and provide advanced applied academic and/or professional training. Admission and retention requirements are extensive. The certificate components consist mostly of Rhode Island College graduate-level courses. Students who complete Certificate Programs at Rhode Island College may request to apply earned credits to an appropriate graduate degree program. Contact the Program Director for specific details.

Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S.)

Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies are post-Master's graduate degree program that provides practitioners the opportunity to advance in a specialized area of study.


Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS)

Advanced Counseling

This CGS enables students who already have a Master's degree, which is fewer than 60 credits, to obtain 60 credits needed for licensure as a mental health counselor in the state of Rhode Island. Students will be able to take from 15-27 credits depending upon the number of credits they need for licensure. Core courses in counseling practica and internship (a total of 12 credits) will be required of all CGS candidates. Other credits are determined based on the needs of the candidate.

Contact: Monica Darcy
401-456-8023

mdarcy@ric.edu


Advanced Study of Creative Writing

(Federal financial aid available)*

This program has been developed for those from various disciplines and backgrounds who wish to pursue creative writing in a structured environment.  The CGS serves as a credential of extended study in fiction, poetry, or literary nonfiction writing, a valuable asset in many fields. Credits earned may be applied to the M.A. should students wish to apply for and be accepted into the M.A. program.

Contact: Mark Anderson
401-456-4648
manderson@ric.edu


Advanced Study of Literature

(Federal financial aid available)*

This program enables students to pursue the study of literature on an advanced, graduate level. Courses can be applied towards the Masters degree if students are admitted to the Masters program later. The certificate may be particularly useful to high school teachers seeking a credential to teach college-credit English courses.

Contact: Barbara Schapiro
401-456-8667

bschapiro@ric.edu


Autism Education

(Federal financial aid available)*

Increases in the incidence of autism in Rhode Island has created the need to extend the learning opportunities for school professionals (teachers and related service personnel) to further develop their knowledge and skills in effective practices that support learning for students with autism.

Contact: Paul LaCava
401-456-9703

placava@ric.edu


Financial Planning

(Federal financial aid available)*

The C.G.S. in financial planning is a program of 18 credit hours (6 courses) that prepares candidates to sit for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ without having to complete a master's program. Completion of the required course work meets CFP Board’s requirements for eligibility.

Contact: Lisa Church
401-456-9593

lchurch@ric.edu


Health Psychology

The Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) in Health Psychology provides post-baccalaureate education to people interested in health-related fields of work. The knowledge gained in this program has applications for careers in health-related research, patient care, and public health policy.

Contact: Christine Marco
401-456-8598

cmarco@ric.edu


Mathematics Content Specialist: Elementary

Designed to facilitate the professional improvement of teachers of mathemetics in elementary schools, this 15 credit program (5 courses) covers four topic areas.  It aligns with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Rhode Island Mathematics Standards (GLEs/GSEs) and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics (CCSS).  Each course delves into the conceptual and computational understanding of mathematics and provides the elementary school teacher a deeper understanding of the mathematics content they instruct.

Contact: Peter Andreozzi
401-456-9758

pandreozzi@ric.edu


Middle Grades Certification

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Middle Grades Certification, which meets RIDE Middle Grades Certification, is a 13 credit program designed to provide advanced graduate study and practicum training for students with an undergraduate degree and either elementary or secondary teaching certificate and who are seeking preparation to become middle-level teachers.

Contact: John Niska
401-456-4655

jniska@ric.edu


Middle-Secondary Level Special Education

This CGS provides teachers currently eligible for teaching certification in elementary-middle level mild-moderate special education a graduate program to extend their certification through high school.  The program is consistent with the content and competencies outlined by Rhode Island Department of Education and extends learning to additional coursework in Middle Level Education.

Contact: Marie Lynch
401-456-8763

mlynch@ric.edu


Modern Biological Sciences

This curriculum provides for advanced study of the biological sciences and their application in the laboratory.  Designed to be completed in one year of full-time study, the program consists of 15-17 credit hours that include required and elective graduate-level course work as well as research experience.

Contact: Edythe Anthony
401-456-9793

eanthony@ric.edu

Physical Education

(Federal financial aid available)*

This CGS introduces students to advanced studies in current trends and topics in Physical Education.  The program provides students with tools to adjust current physical education school programs to meet the needs of today's children and their community.  It serves to increase a student's marketability and enhance teaching techniques based on theory.

Contact: Robin Kirkwood Auld
401-456-8880

rauld@ric.edu


Public History

Designed for students with an undergraduate background in History and/or workplace experience in the field, this 15 credit CGS provides an introduction to graduate study in History, and intensive training in the practical application, scope, methodologies and procedures of public history.

Contact: Ronald Dufour
456-9784

rdufour@ric.edu


Severe Intellectual Disabilities

This cohort-based program offers teachers who are currently certified as a teacher of students with mild/moderate disabilities an extension of their skills to the skills, knowledge and perspectives they need to effectively support students with severe and complex disabilities. It provides an accelerated path to teacher certification in Severe Intellectual Disabilities.

Contact: Marie Lynch
456-8673

mlynch@ric.edu


Certificate of ADVANCED Graduate Studies (CAGS)

School Psychology (Federal financial aid available)*

Contact: John Eagle
401-456-9621

jeagle@ric.edu

*Federal Financial Aid. RIC has received approval to offer federal financial aid to students in several certificate programs.  The most common form of financial aid for graduate students would be federal Direct Student Loans.  Application procedures and brief program descriptions may be found at this link on our web site:  www.ric.edu/financialAid/graduate2.php#needbased.


APPLICATION TO CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

  1. Persons wishing to be admitted to a graduate program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time they begin their graduate studies at Rhode Island College. The following material must be forwarded directly to the Academic Dean of the School to which application is made:
    1. Completed application for admission to graduate study accompanied by a non-refundable application fee;
    2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records;
    3. Copy of teaching certificate (when applicable);
    4. An interview may be required.
    5. Three recommendations attesting to the candidate's potential to do graduate work.
    6. See individual programs for additional requirements.
  2. Applications must be completed within one year. After that time prospective students will need to reapply or update their application.
  3. Upon recommendation to a program a graduate applicant has one year to submit the Plan of Study or request deferment.
  4. If applicants have completed a substantial amount of post-baccalaureate work before applying for admission, this work will be evaluated with all other credentials submitted in support of admission.
  5. To be accepted as a graduate degree candidate, applicants are expected to have attained an average of B overall (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in their undergraduate work. Admissions committees may also consider the undergraduate G.P.A. in the candidate's undergraduate major or coursework related to the prospective major. Applicants with undergraduate averages below this level, but not less than 2.00, may be admitted to degree candidacy upon the submission of other evidence of academic potential, i.e., satisfactory performance in post-baccalaureate work or professional experience as evidenced by publications or letters of recommendation.

Page last updated: July 25, 2014