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The Rider University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for college graduates and career changers seeking initial teaching certification. This 30-credit degree program has a two-stage structure to offer candidates maximum flexibility.  After completion of the first stage (21 credits for most specializations), candidates earn their initial teaching certification. Stage two, consisting of three courses (online, on-campus, or hybrid) can be completed at the convenience of the candidate.


Stage one
Initial teacher certification – available in two formats:

Graduate-level Teacher Certification Program
A part-time, evening program for college graduates and working adults seeking certification in elementary or secondary schools.
Completion in 16 months-two years.

It begins as a part-time program with four initial courses offered on Rider’s campus scheduled during late afternoons/evenings and culminates in a full-time student teaching experience with an accompanying seminar. The courses include clinical experience working in local schools. These clinical arrangements give you practical, hands-on experiences in classrooms sufficient to meet state and national regulations while also accommodating your need to work and earn a living during the part-time phase of the program. This program has produced many state and national award winners for innovative teaching.

The full initial certification program is 21 credits for most specializations. Some of the specialized programs (ESL, Early Childhood, Bilingual) require 1 or 2 additional courses. Specializations include elementary, early childhood education, English, mathematics, science, social studies, early childhood, world language, ESL, bilingual education, music education, theater and dance. 
 

TEACH first class Residence Certification Program
A nine-month accelerated graduate program for college graduates of all academic backgrounds and experiences who are interested in making a difference as a K-6 elementary school teacher.

It takes place in a local school from late August through late April. This innovative program, TEACH first class, immerses candidates immediately in a classroom for rich clinical experience mediated by on-site coursework.  The full initial certification program is 21 credits.


Stage two
Completion of the MAT degree – three additional courses:

To complete that Master of Arts in Teaching degree, students complete three additional courses, which are offered online, on-campus, or hybrid. These include a course in special education, a course in curriculum design and development, and a course in using data for making effective decisions in schools.

Candidates can complete stage two while seeking their initial certification, immediately after earning certification, or after they have gained meaningful teaching experience.


Courses by Specialization

The table below shows the course sequence for each of the various professional specializations that include teacher certification. The point at which candidates can apply for certification is shown within each program track outline. Optional acquisition of the MAT degree occurs at the end of the full course sequence.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
ECED 532, Issues and challenges in early childhood education 3
CURR 702, Early Literacy Teaching and Learning – or –
ECED 507, Emergent Literacy
3
ECED 550, Developmental methods and assessment in early childhood education 3
CURR 710, Elementary Mathematics Teaching & Learning 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 702, Early Literacy Teaching & Learning 3
CURR 710, Elementary Mathematics Teaching & Learning 3
CURR 715, Elementary Science, Arts & Social Studies Teaching and Learning 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
SECONDARY: ENGLISH
(subject specialization)
credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 703, Teaching and Literacy across Content Areas 3
CURR 720, Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Schools 3
CURR 704, Secondary English Language and Theater Arts Teaching & Learning 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
SECONDARY: MATHEMATICS
(subject specialization)
credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 710, Elementary Mathematics Teaching & Learning 3
CURR 720, Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Schools 3
CURR 707, Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
SECONDARY: SCIENCE
(subject specialization)
credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 703, Teaching and Literacy across Content Areas 3
CURR 720, Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Schools 3
CURR 706, Teaching Science in Secondary Schools 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
SECONDARY: SOCIAL STUDIES
(subject specialization)
credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 703, Teaching and Literacy across Content Areas 3
CURR 720, Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Schools 3
CURR 705, Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
WORLD LANGUAGE credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 703, Teaching and Literacy across Content Areas 3
CURR 720, Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Schools 3
EDUC 521, Teaching a Second Language 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
ESL (English as a second language) credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners 3
EDUC 520, Introduction to Linguistics and Psycholinguistics 3
LIT 508, Literacy and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child 3
EDUC 521, Teaching a Second Language 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change – or –
EDUC 560, Educating & Evaluating the Bilingual Child
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
BILINGUAL credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners 3
EDUC 520, Introduction to Linguistics and Psycholinguistics 3
EDUC 521, Teaching a Second Language 3
LIT 508, Literacy & the Bilingual/Bicultural Child 3
EDUC 560, Educating & Evaluating the Bilingual Child 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
BUSINESS EDUCATION
(subject specialization)
credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 703, Teaching and Literacy across Content Areas 3
CURR 720, Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Schools – or –
BSED 504, Curriculum Strategies and Evaluative Concepts in Business Education
3
BSED 530, Emerging Instructional Strategies in Business Education 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
MUSIC EDUCATION
(subject specialization)
credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 703, Teaching and Literacy across Content Areas 3
CURR 720, Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Schools – or –
ME 721, Curriculum Development & Evaluation
3
ME 581, Elementary Praxis – or – ME 582, Secondary Praxis 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
THEATER
(subject specialization)
credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 703, Teaching and Literacy across Content Areas 3
CURR 720, Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Schools 3
CURR 704, Secondary English Language and Theater Arts Teaching & Learning 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3
DANCE
(subject specialization)
credit hours
Initial teacher certification requirements:
Teacher certification occurs upon completion of course CURR 770
 
CURR 700, Educational Foundations 3
CURR 703, Teaching and Literacy across Content Areas 3
CURR 720, Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Schools 3
CURR 711, Teaching and Learning Dance 3
CURR 770, Clinical Experience & Seminar in Teaching 9
Acquisition of the MAT degree occurs after completion of the following:  
CURR 531, Curriculum Design & Development for Innovation & Change 3
SPED 500, Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers – or –
CURR 538, Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers & Diverse Learners – or –
CURR 548, Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
EDAD 521, Data-based Decision-Making in Teaching & Learning 3

1Experienced teachers who can document one or more years of successful teaching can replace CURR 570 with CURR 771, Supervised Clinical Experience in Teaching. CURR 771 is a seven week full immersion experience in which the candidate demonstrates full control of curriculum planning, instruction, assessment, and all other duties of a teacher under contract. This option can apply in any of the professional specializations.


For questions, please contact:

Jamie Mitchell
Director of Graduate, Transfer, and Continuing Studies Admission
Ciambelli Hall
Alison Wehringer
Assistant Director of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
Ciambelli Hall
Don Ambrose
Professor of Graduate Education
Memorial Hall 202 D

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Oregon
  • M.S., Educational Policy and Management, University of Oregon
  • B.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Saskatchewan
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Saskatchewan

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