RHODE ISLAND REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL SUBJECTS CERTIFICATE
(LIBRARY MEDIA)


This certificate is valid for teaching the special subject (Library Media) in all grades in the public schools of Rhode Island.

1. Provisional Certificate:  valid for three (3) years
A. Bachelor's degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

B. Completion of an approved program, within five (5) years from date of application, designed for the preparation of special subject teachers.

C. Those applicants who have not completed an approved program shall present evidence of at least six (6) semester hours of student teaching in the special subjects field  (Library Media).  This student teaching must include placement at both the elementary and secondary levels.  The applicant must also present evidence of at least eighteen (18) semester hours of course work.

D. Applicants who have not previously been certified in the State of Rhode Island must take the Core Battery of the National Teacher Exam prior to being certified.

NOTE:  The student teaching requirement may be waived for an applicant who has had two or more documented years of successful teaching experience in the special subject field prior to applying for certification in Rhode Island.  Certified teachers who have had two or more years of teaching experience and who seek a special subject certificate may fulfill the student teaching requirement by completing a one-year supervised internship in the special subjects field.  After completing the necessary course work for the special subjects certificate, and arranging through the local community for a one-year internship, the individual may request the issuance of a one-year temporary provisional certificate.  The Department of Education must approve the internship in advance, and the supervisor must have at least 3 years of teaching experience.  The internship must include placement at both the elementary and secondary levels.  Upon successful completion of the internship, the individual will be issued a three-year provisional certificate.
E. Academic Requirements for Library Media - 36 semester hours
NOTE:  The Provisional Certificate requires the completion of six (6) credits as indicated in Section II-A below.  These six (6) credits are required for the issuance of an extended Provisional or a Professional Certificate.  The extended Provisional Certificate is issued to individuals who have completed the six (6) credits requirement but who have not served for three (3) years as a special subjects teacher in Rhode Island.  Individuals holding an extended Provisional Certificate are not required to complete an additional six (6) credits to acquire a five (5) year Professional Certificate.  Individuals holding the extended Provisional Certificate need only document three (3) years of service as a special subjects teacher in Rhode Island for issuance of a five (5) year Professional Certificate.
2. Professional Certificate:  valid for five (5) years.
A. Completion of six credits while on Provisional Certification in Rhode Island.  Three of the six credits may be approved in-service course work.  Three of the six credits must be college credits from an approved institution of higher education as defined in these regulations.

Those individuals issued a Provisional Certificate who have a Master's Degree in the special subject field, a Master's Degree in a field of education with 15 graduate credits in the special subject field, or a Master's Degree in any field with 21 graduate credits in the special subject field are required to complete six (6) credits which may be college credits or approved in-service credits for the issuance of a five-year Professional Certificate.

B. Three years of documented teaching experience in the special subject field in Rhode Island while on Provisional Certification.  This teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.

NOTE:  This certificate may be renewed every five years upon the completion of nine credits and verification of continued successful experience as a special subject teacher.  Six of the nine credits must be on the graduate level, and three of the six graduate credits must be in the special subject area in which special subject certification is held.  Three of the none credits may be approved in-service course work.  The nine semester requirement does not apply to individuals who  have a Master's Degree in the special subject field, a Master's Degree in a field of education with 15 graduate credits in the special subject field, or a Master's Degree in any field with 21 graduate credits in the special subject field.  These individuals may complete any six (6) college credits or in-service credits for renewal.

Individuals who have not taught for either all or part of the term of the five year Professional Certificate are entitled to a renewal of this certificate provided they have completed the course requirements stated above.  In addition, any teaching experience during the five-year period is to be documented by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.

Effective:  April 30, 1997
 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS IN LIBRARY/MEDIA
FOR CERTIFICATION BY TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION

Within the 36 credits for Library/Media Certification, the candidate must have courses to include work in each of the following content areas: