Rhode Island Special Education Careers
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The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities through the Rhode Island Department of Education
has entered into a regional partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston. This unique
and collaborative effort is designed to recruit, support, and mentor students who are interested
in working with children and youths with visual impairments. The graduate level programs, Teacher of
Students with Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility Specialists for the Blind offer full
tuition support to the applicants that meet admission and scholarship requirements.
Career Opportunities With Scholarship Support in Visual Impairments Factsheet
A department of URI's College of Human Science and Services, the Department of Communicative Disorders offers academic and clinical programs that can lead to the following degrees:
As responsible allied health professionals, speech-language pathologist and audiologists
treat disorders of communication
in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice.
- Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders
- Master of Science in speech-Language Pathology
offers a Master of Arts in Education, Special Education, Cross-Categorical. The Master of
Arts in Education degree program with specialization in Special Education prepares candidates
to be cross categorical special educators. The program is accredited. All courses are offered
online 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Students take 1 class at a time. Each class is 3-6
weeks in length. The program is 43 credits total, which usually takes 2 years. A supervised
student teaching experience in special education is incorporated into the degree. Student
teaching can be done in RI, but the student must find an appropriate RI classroom with the
help of his/her advisor. Students must take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Exam. This means
students must commit to travel once during the 2 year program. The student will exit the program
certified to teach special education in ARIZONA. To teach in Rhode Island with this degree, the
student must apply for certification through the Rhode Island Department of Education's interstate enhanced reciprocity agreement.