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Certificate Programs

Rhode Island College offers a variety of certificate programs designed to meet the needs of students, community members, and professionals. Programs range from entry-level workforce development and job skills training through undergraduate and graduate studies.

FINANCIAL AID: RIC certificate programs eligible for federal financial aid are identified below. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.

Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUS)

CUS programs are primarily for undergraduate-level students, where the certificate components consist mostly of Rhode Island College undergraduate-level courses. Admission and retention requirements are significant. These certificates typically provide applied academic and/or professional training.

Certificate in Social and Human Service Assistance
Contact: Dawne Pezzuco
Eligible for federal financial aid

Contact: Rachel Filinson

Public History
Contact: Erik Christiansen

International Non-Governmental Organizations Studies (INGOS)
Contact: Robyn Linde

Nonprofit Studies
Contact: Michael Andrade
Eligible for federal financial aid

College and Career Attainment
Contact: Claire Rosenbaum
Eligible for federal financial aid

World Languages Education:​
French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish
Contact: Erin Papa

Biology Education
Chemistry Education
General Science Education
Physics Education
Contact: Rudolf Kraus

Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS)

CGS programs are primarily for post-baccalaureate-level students, where the certificate components consist mostly of Rhode Island College graduate-level courses. Admission and retention requirements are extensive. These certificates typically provide advanced applied academic and/or professional training.

Advanced Counseling

(Federal financial aid available)*

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

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

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: Magdalena Ostas

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

Childhood and Adolescent Trauma​

The C.G.S. is open to all second year MSW students and those who have earned the MSW or Masters in Counseling and are interested in gaining knowledge and skills in trauma-informed, evidence-based practice with children and adolescents. Enrolled students will have to earn 18 credits in courses that are intended to enhance their understanding of the nature of a traumatic experience from a child’s perspective and explore the ways in which trauma influences the child and family. Included in the array of courses is a field experience and a clinical evaluation class. The curriculum is supported by evidence-based research under the auspices of National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Contact: Daniel Harvey

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: Sean Cote

Historical Studies

The Certificate of Graduate Studies in Historical Studies provides advanced studies in History and allows students to follow an American, Western, non-Western or World focus.  It affords both flexibility and the opportunity to concentrate in a particular area.

Contact: Ron Dufour

Mathematics Content Specialist: Elementary

(Federal financial aid available)*

Designed to facilitate the professional improvement of teachers of mathematics 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: Donna Christy

Middle-Level Education

This program meets RIDE middle grades certification and consists of advanced graduate study and practicum training for students with an undergraduate degree and either elementary or secondary teaching certificate.

Contact: Brittany Richer, MLED Coordinator

Modern Biological Sciences

(Federal financial aid available)*

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: Deborah Britt

Nonprofit Studies

Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Nonprofit Studies is designed to strengthen leadership and analytical skills for current and future leaders of nonprofit organizations. The program will afford students key competency skills in nonprofit management areas including, but not limited to, fundraising, strategic planning, personnel, finance and governance.

Contact: Michael Andrade

Nursing Care Management

(Federal financial aid available)*

The Nursing Care Management Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) has been designed to meet a rapidly emerging need in health care, that of preparing nurses for nurse care/case manager positions across health care settings

Contact: Jean Schwager

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

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

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: Susan Dell

Certificate of Continuing Studies (CCS)

CCS programs are primarily for non-degree students, where the certificate components consist primarily of courses and/or workshops earning credits not associated with undergraduate or graduate programs at Rhode Island College, such as continuing education units (CEUs), college Outreach Program credit, etc. Admission and retention requirements for most CCS programs are minimal. These certificates typically provide professional development, vocational training, or personal enrichment.
Clinical Issues in Adoption and Foster Care
Contact: Kimberly Smith
Office of Outreach Programs
Contact: Jenifer Giroux
Phone: 401-456-8698
The following certificate programs are offered by the Office of Outreach Programs:
  • Outside LinkESL English as a Second Language and Computer Assisted English Language Learning (CAELL)
  • Outside LinkGreen Business
  • Training Responsible Adults to be Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks (Outside LinkTRABAC / Outside LinkTRABAC PLUS)
  • Outside LinkTraining Responsible Adults Insurance Technicians (TRAIT)
  • Training Responsible Adults as Medical Assistants (Outside LinkTRAMA / Outside LinkTRAMA PLUS)​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: October 02, 2019