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The Early Childhood/Elementary Dual Licensure Program leads to two teaching certificates: Preschool through third grade (P–3) and Elementary (Kindergarten through fifth grade). In addition to the professional education courses required of elementary education students, students in this dual licensure program are required to take:
The Graduate Level Early Childhood certification program is 24 credit hours and consists of four initial courses, followed by a seminar and internship. The program is organized in a developmental sequence with initial courses providing a foundation for later courses
Note: The Earth and Environmental Sciences minor is not open to Environmental Sciences or Geosciences majors.PLEASE NOTE: Some of the following requirements for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Minor may be satisfied by taking similar coursework through Rider Approved Study Abroad Programs. Please contact your academic advisor, the GEMS department chair, and/or Rider's Center for International Education (CIE) for further information.
The choice of a major is a critical decision to every prospective college and university student. For many prospective students, economics is an excellent choice. The study of economics is both challenging and financially rewarding. In addition, job placement experts recognize economics as a flexible degree, suitable for the modern labor markets in which people can expect to change careers several times during their working lives.
The choice of a major is a critical decision to every prospective college and university student. For many prospective students, economics is an excellent choice. The study of economics is both challenging and financially rewarding. In addition, job placement experts recognize economics as a flexible degree, suitable for the modern labor markets in which people can expect to change careers several times during their working lives.
Administration and Supervision Degree Program (Option I Sequence)The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is a program designed for candidates who aspire to school leadership positions as a supervisor, director, assistant principal, or principal. The framework for the program has been established to meet preparatory requirements as established in the New Jersey Administrative Code (6A:9-12.5) as well as the challenges, responsibilities, and opportunities inherent in educational leadership.
The Educational Specialist (Ed.S), a 66-credit terminal degree beyond the master’s level, provides advanced training for professional counselors in the expanding demands of their profession. The program provides opportunities for those seeking a career change, specialization in a specific area, and broadening skill development. Certificate programs may be incorporated into student’s plan of study.
To develop into learned and professionally skilled elementary school teachers, students engage in studies that provide an academic background for those subjects they will be teaching.
The Graduate Level Elementary Education (K-5) certification program is 21 credit hours and consists of four initial courses, followed by a seminar and internship. The program is organized in a developmental sequence with initial courses providing a foundation for later courses.
In the Rider University English Department, students develop creativity and skills in language, writing, analysis, and critical thinking in literature and writing courses. Employers actively seek employees with these skills. English majors go on to be authors, editors, journalists, teachers, professors, librarians, executives, and lawyers, as well as work in media, public relations, and other areas. Graduates of the English Department have published poetry, fiction, plays, and screen plays.
Rider’s ESL Endorsement Program trains future educators to be sensitive to the cultural, sociological, linguistic, and psychological diversities that ELL students bring with them to school.
Rider’s ESL 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 English as a Second Language 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.
Preparation to teach a particular academic subject is accomplished through a program requiring completion of the major requirements of the appropriate liberal arts or science major, general studies, and professional education major requirements.
Requirements for the Minor with a Concentration in Literature (21 semester hours)Gateway CoursesENG-240 Methods of Literary Analysis3ENG-250Literary History I3ENG-251Literary History II3Literature I Courses
Requirements for the Minor with a Concentration in Writing (21 semester hours)ENG-206Introduction to Creative Writing3ENG-250Literary History I3ENG-251Literary History II3Literature/Genre Courses
This is an interdisciplinary major, which draws upon courses offered in the different departments of the College of Business Administration. Entrepreneurial Studies is designed for students interested in majoring in Entrepreneurship.The faculty identify the following two items as the key learning objectives for this major:
The Environmental Sciences major prepares students for meaningful and productive post-baccalaureate employment and/or admission to high-quality graduate programs. Although administered by GEMS, the Environmental Sciences major is truly interdisciplinary in nature, both in its curriculum and faculty, and crosses social, politcal, and scientific boundaries. All environmental sciences majors will participate in extensive fieldwork, exploring a rich diversity of ecological environments and acquiring the knowledge and skills required for a wide range of potential careers.
Requirements for the Ethics Minor (18 semester hours)PHL-115Ethics3PHL-360Contemporary Ethics3 One 400-level philosophy seminar3 Three philosophy electives including one at the 300-level or above9
Requirements for the Minor (21 semester hours)European Language*
Event planning and production is an interdisciplinary minor that combines the study of communication, marketing, and management.  With the rapid growth of non-profit, educational, corporate, recreational, and entertainment events, this minor provides both theoretical and practical training in event planning and management.