Feinstein School of Education and Human Development to offer three fast-track programs

A Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education, an ESL Endorsement Cohort and Master of Education in Education Leadership are available in new, accelerated time frames.

• Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education
RIC’s elementary education MAT program is offering a new fast-track route to earn a master’s degree and eligibility for certification through a one-year intensive, off-campus graduate program.

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education program runs for eight weeks in the summer, beginning in mid-May, and two semesters, offering extensive experiences working with children in preparation for a full semester of student teaching. It is a full-time commitment.

Advantages of the one-year intensive program:
– Convenient off-campus location with easy parking. Summer classes may be on campus.
– Earned master’s degree and eligibility for certification, with all certification tests for R.I. completed.
– Extensive experiences working with children and teaching elementary grade subject matter prior to student teaching.
– Support from peers in program, faculty and program coordinator.

An information meeting on the program will be held on Wednesday, March 23, from 6-7 p.m. in Student Union 307 at RIC. (If you attend a meeting and decide to apply, your application fee of $50 will be waived.)

For further details or to register for an information meeting, click here. For further questions, contact program coordinator Rainy Cotti at lcotti@ric.edu or cohort manager Paula McKeon at (401) 456-8110/pmckeon@ric.edu.

Application deadline is April 15. Test results will be needed to make the admission decision.

• ESL Endorsement Cohort
RIC's TESL program is offering a new off-campus (seven-course) graduate course sequence for Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary English and Modern Languages teachers beginning in Fall 2011 and continuing through fall 2012 semester.

This is a fast-track route to the ESL endorsement for early childhood, elementary, secondary English and secondary modern language teachers interested in adding the ESL endorsement to their teaching certificates in three semesters and one summer session.

Participants will have to be admitted to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in TESL, but completion of the degree is optional (it requires three more courses beyond the Endorsement).

Class location will be Textron Academy, 130 Broadway, Providence, RI. (Free and plentiful parking.)

Schedule and course sequence are tentative. There will be an online component.

(There is also a modern language requirement, not a part of this cohort. Completion of college level study of a second language : Elementary and Intermediate Grammar and Conversation, and Culture and Civilization.)

Advantages of the cohort model:
– Convenient off-campus location with easy parking.
– Guaranteed completion date of December 2012 for obtaining the ESL courses needed for the ESL Endorsement.
– Peer support from other practicing teachers.
– Compact delivery of courses in eight-week format, one night a week commitment.
– Hybrid course design combining face-to-face and online coursework for maximum flexibility in course delivery.
– State-of-the-art ESL coursework from a nationally recognized TESOL/NCATE teacher education program.
– Meaningful classroom-related course projects to apply your learning.
– Full-time faculty or seasoned ESL professionals delivering all coursework.

For more information, click here or contact academic coordinator Nancy Cloud at ncloud@ric.edu or cohort manager Paula McKeon, (401) 456-8110/pmckeon@ric.edu.

Application deadline is May 10.

• Master of Education in Educational Leadership
This program has been redesigned to take two years instead of three. Admission to FSEHD Masters level programs is determined by the quality of the total application.

For students interested in certification as a school principal, a minimum of three years of documented teaching experience is required.

For more information or to download application materials, Click here. Or call (401) 456-8023 to receive materials via mail.