This exciting, 21-graduate credit immersion program is designed for college graduates of all academic backgrounds and experiences who are interested in making a difference as teachers.

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


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 9-month 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.

  • 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 Fall 2015.
TEACH First Class participants are limited to 12 students for maximum support and personal attention.

Fall 2015 will feature immersive classroom experiences and onsite workshops three days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays); Spring 2015 will involve full-time student teaching.

Cost to participate is: $14,500.


To learn more about TEACH First Class's innovative approach:

Associate Professor
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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.