Center for Early Learning Professionals

Center for Early Learning Professionals

RIDE/URI Pathways Partnership – Application Deadline

RIDE is excited to announce, in partnership with the University of Rhode Island, the launch of 2 new Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Accelerated Online Programs: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education with Pre-K-2 Teaching Certification and the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-K-2 Teaching Certification Program. This is a fantastic new way for members within and outside of the ECCE workforce to have a more accessible way to earn their bachelor’s degree and/or Pre-K-2 certification.
Below are some highlights of these exciting new programs:

  • Both programs are intended to support those currently working in early childhood care and education with getting their Pre-K-2 teaching certificate.
    • One program is a bachelor’s degree program, and the other is a non-degree, teaching certification-only program. Candidates from both programs will be eligible to apply for a Rhode Island Pre-K-2 teaching certificate.
  • Both programs are accelerated, yet coursework is delivered at a manageable page (1-2 courses per 7-week session; part-time student status). The programs are estimated to take 1.5-2 years for completion.
  • All courses are available asynchronously and online through URI Online.
  • Clinical experiences (practicums and student teaching) are flexible – allowing prospective students to retain their employment while enrolled in either program. This applies to students working in center-based childcare, Head Starts, Family Child Care, and public-school settings.
  • Those applying to the bachelor’s degree program must satisfy URI’s basic competency requirements for admissions. See the attached handouts for the different ways that you may meet these requirements.

Deadlines: Applications are due on 6/27/23. Classes begin this Fall (9/5/23).

Questions? If you are interested in, or have any questions related to these pathways, you are welcome to reach out to directly. For any other questions, please reach out to Amanda at


Jun 27 2023


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