About the School of Education


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The School of Education is preparing our students to be effective educators.  Rider was the first private New Jersey institution to hold the highest accreditation possible in teaching from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and we offer graduates added value and recognition nationwide when seeking employment or admission to graduate study.

Curriculum Development Leaders

Well Prepared and Effective Educators

  • Rider University has responded to the nationwide call for transformational improvements in our schools of education. Our programs in teacher education, teacher and administrator leadership, and human services offer cutting-edge opportunities for high quality preparation and professional growth.

Our Students Get Jobs

  • Many recent graduates are working in schools, clinical settings and organizations, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

  • Our field-based programs and strong Rider alumni network provide important contacts and mentoring opportunities that lead to employment opportunities for our graduates. 

  • Four of our recent graduates, have been named NJ Distinguished Student Teacher of the Year.

Curriculum Addresses the needs of 21st Century Education 

  • We have created partnerships with local schools, businesses, and government and community agencies so that we can work collaboratively to develop high-quality programs for our students.

  • We value excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. 

  • Our professors are devoted advisors and mentors who relate well to their students. 

  • Our Center for Reading and Writing, established in 1980, provides field experiences for graduate students earning a Master of Arts degree in Reading and Literacy. The facility is recognized locally, state- and nationwide, and internationally as a model program for literacy education.

A Leader in Preparing STEM teachers

  • Rider SELECT, a collaboration between Rider’s Departments of Science and our School of Education. SELECT is dedicated to the preparation and career-long professional development of grades K-12 teachers of science and mathematics. 

  • Established in 2003, our CONNECT-ED (C-E) initiative is a consortium of 14 central New Jersey districts and independent schools, Rider and Princeton Universities, Raritan Valley Community College, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. It is dedicated to providing a coherent, sustained system of professional development for K-12 teachers of science and mathematics that models the inquiry approach to teaching and learning. Rider serves as lead institution for the Consortium.