Training and Development for Teachers and Schools

Professional Development for Educators & Schools consists of specialized learning and professional learning intended to help administrators, teachers, and other educators improve their knowledge, competence, skills, and effectiveness.

The CWPD also offers student education support services to school age children including remediation learning and driver’s education. When schools actively engage in community resources, they respond more effectively to the needs of students. They help children and youth develop healthy behaviors and promote healthy families.


The ESL Teacher Certification program is a competency-based program that prepares educators to be culturally and linguistically responsive teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs).

Throughout the program, teachers engage in:

  • Readings
  • Lectures
  • Learning Activities
  • Workshops
  • Analyses of videos of their own teaching practice
  • A variety of meetings

All content in the program is aligned with the National Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards. Assignments are designed to be practical, job-embedded, and highly associated with classroom learning.

Each teacher is paired with an instructional coach called a “Learning Guide” (LG). LGs provide feedback and support to tailor the learner experiences to meet the needs of their individual ESL teacher candidates.

Upon demonstrating evidence of meeting the TESOL competencies and completing all program requirements, teachers are eligible to apply for ESL Teacher Certification through the Rhode Island Department of Education (the program is not credit bearing).

Learn more about our ESL Teacher Certification Program

STEAM is an initiative that incorporates the arts (the “A” in STEAM) into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum, instruction and assessment. The concept of STEAM has gained momentum in recent years in an effort to boost student achievement in the STEM subjects through greater use of creative and higher-order thinking activities. The process reflects the efforts of teachers, curriculum specialists and school administrators to create a set of standards for STEAM academies and to endorse a professional development program that prepares teachers to direct and supervise STEAM classroom instruction.

STEAM is more than integrating a variety of different content areas. It is a rel-life way of thinking and learning. Learning in a STEAM context prepares students for success in coursework across the curriculum using proven creative strategies that are typically used in the arts. It ignites student interest in further study and potential careers, teaches life-long learning skills, and prepares students for life after school. 

Participating schools will: 

  • Gain an understanding of exciting ways to implement creative thinking
  • Implement STEAM either school-wide or in multiple- or single-subject classrooms
  • Understand and practice how to incorporate STEAM teaching and learning strategies into daily, unit and long-term lesson planning

Tom Pilecki, a RWU University College instructor who co-authored a book titled “From STEM to STEAM,” explained that a national focus on STEM subjects failed to produce better test results. “What was missing from STEM was creativity,” he said. “They were buying more math books but not teaching teachers how to teach creatively and how to get students engaged.” So now arts integration is providing the missing element, Pilecki said. “I have always felt kids need the arts to be creative,” he said. “The process of creating art teaches kids innately to have stick-to-it-tiveness; they are going to do it until they get it right. If we get kids to be creative and investigative, we are going to have creative scientists and engineers, who need to have more than one way to do what they need to do.”

Learn More about Our STEAM Program 

One-Year CTE Teacher Certification Program

The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Certification program is a competency-based, non-credit program that prepares candidates to become eligible for CTE teacher certification through the Rhode Island Department of Education. The RWU program is designed with working adults in mind. Assignments are designed to be practical, job-embedded, and closely connected to classroom learning. The program engages teachers over twelve months from July to June and consists of: a one-week online pre-summer Intensive learning experience; a two-week Summer Intensive including a practicum experience working with youth; and monthly “micro courses” held one Saturday and one evening per month. Candidates will engage in a range of practical experiences, in addition to their own classroom setting. All content is aligned with the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards. Candidates must meet or exceed all associated competencies. Ongoing support will be provided from a dedicated Learning Guide, Course Instructors, a Mentor, and Program Director.

Credential Review Pathway

The CTE Credential Review Pathway at Roger Williams University College offers an option for certification for those candidates whom have already begun to take courses towards CTE teacher certification. The CTE Credential Review Pathway to certification involves an application process that includes an assessment of the candidate’s readiness through a thorough review of credentials. The evidence will be reviewed and the candidate will then complete an individualized program of study based on remaining competencies that must be met.

Learn more about our CTE Teacher Certification Program

In this course, each learner’s understanding of safe and responsible driving will be taught throughout the 33-hour State of Rhode Island approved curriculum. During these classes, learners will be taught high standard safe driving habits and the rules of the road for Rhode Island.

Disclaimer: You must be at least fifteen (15) years and ten (10) months of age to take a driver education class. Please bring legal proof of identification to the first day of class (i.e.: U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport).

Learn more about our Driver's Education Program!

RWU's Center for Workforce & Professional Development has developed educational courses and workshops for under-served young women.

The CWPD is offering both Math and Writing courses taught here at University College for youth affiliated with RI-GEMS that will enhance their skills. The course is all-inclusive and all materials will be provided for the students. 

Learn more about our GEMS Program