marcy zipke in her classroom in harkins

Elementary and Special Education

The central goal of our department is to prepare — in an inclusive and diverse setting — future teachers to educate all children. Our combined program trains students to approach the field of elementary-level education with an appreciation of individual differences and an understanding of ways to meet those differences.

With the support of our dedicated faculty members, students who graduate from our program will have earned dual certification in elementary (grades 1-6) and special (grades 1-6) education. Ours is one of the few programs in New England that offers this dual-certificate program at the undergraduate level. As a result, our graduates are highly sought after by elementary and middle school principals. They are licensed to teach in Rhode Island upon graduation and can transfer their certificate to more than 45 states.

Although Providence College is a test optional institution, admission to any education program requires the passing of a basic skills exam. Applicants must pass the SAT or ACT at the levels indicated in the following chart, or pass the Praxis I exam at the levels indicated.

Admissions Requirements

Providence College is a test optional institution. However, due to state teacher certification regulations, completion of an education program requires passing a variety of standardized basic skills, teaching skills, and content knowledge tests at various points throughout the program. Therefore acceptance into Providence College is separate from acceptance into an education program. Click on the link below for more admissions information.

Alumni Information

Providence College graduates obtain employment and attend graduate schools throughout the country/world.  Click on the links below to find out where some of our alumni are located.