• Teacher Studying

    Collegiate Partnerships

    PPSD partners with local colleges and universities to connect student teachers to long-term career options.


    Collegiate Partners

    PPSD partners with the below colleges, universities, and alternative pathway programs through student teaching, practicums, and educator preparation and certification for Teacher Assistant's and/or educators.

  • Rhode Island College is working with PPSD on a number of initiatives to prepare our high school students who are interested in a career in teaching and our educators. These programs lead to a full licensure. Once approved, they will be updated here.


    Johnson & Wales University

    JWU will offer PPSD employees, volunteers, and others associated with the district a 50% partnership discount on the following programs:

    • Master of Arts in Teaching program (initial certificate: elem/elem special ed; business/sec special ed; culinary)

    • Master of Education in Teaching and Learning

        • The M.Ed. program also has a partnership with the Principal Residency Network, for those thinking of pursuing building leadership certification through this rigorous pathway.




    Brown has a longstanding commitment to providing impactful experiences for students in Providence schools, influencing their educational outcomes and enhancing their access to high-quality college education and career exploration opportunities.

    • For decades, Brown has worked closely with school leaders in Providence to support K-12 education through teaching, training and mentoring, research, volunteer efforts and financial investments aligned with the schools’ priorities.
    • Brown offers full scholarships to PPSD students to attend pre-college programs.
    • Graduate Programs in Education for Master of Arts in Teaching and Urban Education Policy.



    Salve Regina offers degrees in Early Childhood/Special Education, Elementary/Special Education, Music Education, Secondary Education, and World Languages Education.



    Western Governors University

    WGU provides online teacher certification and degree programs. You may start taking classes at the beginning of each month after the enrollment process is complete.

    • Students are assigned to a 1:1 Program mentor who will follow each student to degree completion.

    • Classes are competency-based, which means students may complete courses faster based on their content knowledge.



    Teach For America recruits outstanding and diverse leaders to become TFA “corps members.” Corps members commit to teaching for two years in Providence, where they’re employed by the district as full-time teachers. Teach For America Rhode Island is an approved Alternative Certification Program in the state of Rhode Island. During the first year in the program, corps members are fully certified to teach on their Alternate Route License while simultaneously enrolled in four or five courses via our partnership with Rhode Island college that leads to initial certification as either an elementary teacher for grades 1-6 or a secondary teacher for grades 7-12 in a specific content area (English, Math or Biology for example). The region supports a yearly cohort of secondary corps members in special education roles. If you are interested in supporting Multilingual Learners and are placed in an ESL or dual language classroom, we will support you in applying for an emergency permit and help you map out a pathway to full ESL certification. Learn more on TFA's site. Apply here!


  • The University of Rhode Island is working with PPSD on a number of initiatives to prepare our high school students who are interested in a career in teaching and our educators. These programs lead to a full licensure. Once approved, they will be updated here.

    • Preparing special education teachers committed to equity and social justice The University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein College of Education invites applications for this Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)-funded preparation program that provides financial support and tuition, to prepare special education teachers to support students with high incidence disabilities, and teaching students with language-based literacy disabilities.





    CCRI offers Bilingual Early Childhood Education Certificate classes and Teacher Assistant Certification programs as well as Associates degrees in Early Childhood Education and Education/Special Education.



    Providence College offers Bachelors degrees in Elementary/Special Education, Secondary Education and Social Work, a variety of Graduate education degrees, and Teacher Certification programs.




    Roger Williams offers degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education and STEAM Education.



    RISPE offers an Accelerated Teacher Certification Program (ATC):

    • Designed for people who work with children in various ways but are not yet certified

    • Allows you to work towards certification while working full-time as a classroom teacher

    • Intentionally anti-racist, culturally relevant, and liberatory

    • Actively seeking racially and linguistically diverse teachers

    • Approved pathway for certification through the Rhode Island Department of Education



    American College of Education

    ACE offers practical degrees for a real-life budget. Each program is designed to make a difference in your career.

    The partnership grant that PPSD employees receive is for the following:

    • Bachelor

    • Master

    • Doctorate

    • Certificate & Micro-Credentials