Two RIC Education Programs Receive National Recognition 


The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), a specialized professional association, has awarded two Rhode Island College Feinstein School of Education and Human Development programs national recognition for excellence in development, learning and motivation, curriculum, instruction, assessment and professionalism.  

RIC’s elementary education undergraduate degree program (BS) and elementary education master’s program (M.A.T.) were awarded ACEI recognition that is valid for the next seven years.

“The national recognition is rewarding and we are very proud of it,” said Karen Castagno, interim dean of the school. “The faculty value the recognition, and they work hard to insure that our teacher candidates meet these international standards.”

The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education andit’s programs are approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education. The ACEI standard recognitions are voluntary. Castagno said only RIC and the University of Rhode Island are the only teacher preparatory programs in the state that engage in achieving voluntary professional society recognition.

More than 25 RIC education programs have received specialized association recognition.

“The recognition helps to attract the most highly qualified students,” Castagno said. “It gives our program an edge to be able to publicize this distinction.”

The recognitions are data driven. The school’s faculty develop rubrics and provide evidence that the programs meet ACEI’s standards, including that the school’s teacher candidates have demonstrated a high level of competence in use of the major concepts, principles, theories and research related to the development of children and young adolescents.

The data also must provide evidence that teacher candidates are well educated in collaboration with families, colleagues and community agencies, and in being able to reflect on their professional growth.

Lisa Owen, associate professor of elementary education, wrote the ACEI report for the elementary education program. Lorraine Cotti, associate professor of elementary education, wrote the report for the M.A.T. program.

The elementary education program has 296 enrolled students, including those who have selected special education as a concentration, and 439 students who have declared their intention to enter the program. The M.A.T. program has 50 students.