Five new Certificates of Graduate Studies at RIC

In an effort to meet the current demands of the higher-education market and the needs of the local workforce, Rhode Island College is offering five new Certificates of Graduate Studies.

“Graduate certificate programs like these permit learners from all walks of life to enhance their skills and credentials, in a short timeframe, and improve their competitiveness in the job market,” said Ron Pitt, vice president for academic affairs.

“Given the economy, more people are looking for short-term, cost-effective ways to bolster their credentials. A certificate program provides an added level of credibility and preparation for new jobs and careers in a timely way,” Pitt added.

In the last two years, RIC has added 11 new certificate programs across a range of levels – pre-college, college and post-graduate. The college has also added new systems for tracking, approving and recognizing students who complete a certificate program.

Certificate titles, descriptions and contact information:

Autism Education
An increase in the incidences 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. (Federal financial aid available)
Contact: Paul LaCava
(401) 456-9703

Health Psychology
This certificate 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

Mathematics Content Specialist: Elementary
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 elementary-school teachers with a deeper understanding of the mathematics content they instruct.
Contact: Peter Andreozzi
(401) 456-9758

Middle-Secondary Level Special Education
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 the Rhode Island Department of Education and extends learning to additional coursework in middle level education.
Contact: Marie Lynch
(401) 456-8763

Modern Biological Sciences
This certificate of 15-17 credit hours (5 courses) provides for advanced study of modern biological sciences and their application in the laboratory. It is designed to be completed in one year of full-time study.
Contact: Edythe Anthony
(401) 456-9793