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This exciting, 21-graduate credit, Post Baccalaureate immersion program is designed for college graduates of all academic backgrounds and experiences who are interested in making a difference as a K-6 elementary school teacher.


TEACH first class transforms traditional teacher preparation by eliminating the gap between theory and practice. You immediately begin your classroom experiences, mentored by Rider’s School of Education faculty. In this accelerated nine-month residency program, you will gain the teaching credentials and hands-on classroom experiences you need, while establishing the professional relationships and support network essential to success.

All your graduate classes, faculty mentoring and classroom experiences will take place at a local elementary school near Rider University’s Lawrenceville Campus.


TEACH first class Program Highlights

  • Full immersion in an elementary school for nine months - with the option of continuing on for your Master of Arts in Teaching (just three additional courses).

  • All graduate coursework is directly integrated onsite with your practical classroom experiences.

  • Members of Rider’s faculty are regularly present to infuse relevant theory into your practical experiences with children.


Admissions Information

Rider University is now accepting applications for Spring 2017.

TEACH first class participants are limited to 12 students for maximum support and personal attention.

Fall 2016 will feature immersive classroom experiences and onsite workshops four days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays); Spring 2017 will involve full-time student teaching.

Apply to TEACH first class


This program was developed with generous funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

To learn more about this innovative approach, contact:

Judith Fraivillig
Associate Professor
Memorial 218E

Academic Background

  • 1996 Ph.D. Northwestern University
  • 1984 M.S.E. University of Pennsylvania
  • 1984 B.A. University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

Add as most recent book chapter

Fraivillig, J. L. (2008). Strategies for advancing children’s mathematical thinking. In J. M. Bay-Williams & K. Karp (Eds.), Growing professionally: Readings from NCTM Publications for grades K-8. Reston, VA: National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.