Bilingual Education Certificate

Rider’s Bilingual Endorsement Program trains future educators to be sensitive to the cultural, sociological, linguistic, and psychological diversities that ELL students bring with them to school. The mission of the Bilingual program at Rider University is to provide the skills, attitudes and understandings necessary to teach non-native speakers of English in order for them to achieve their greatest potential through education for life. Furthermore, Rider’s Bilingual program introduces future educators to the different laws and programs that influence the bilingual classroom.

Rider’s Bilingual Endorsement Program offers the required courses to obtain certification as a Bilingual Teacher in the State of New Jersey. The required courses are:

Bilingual Education

EDSO 510
CURR 548
Multicultural Studies Elective
Social/Cultural Foundations
Issues in Special Needs and Multicultural Education   
EDUC 520Introduction to Linguistics and Psycholinguistics3
READ 508Literacy and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child   
EDUC 521Teaching a Second Language   
EDUC 560Educating and Evaluating the Bilingual Child   

Bilingual field experiences are required

English and Target Language Proficiency evaluations are required (OPI and WPT tests. A minimum of Advanced Low is required)