Rider University’s School of Education enjoys a strong reputation as a regional leader in STEM education. The University collaborates with more than 30 area school districts to ensure that STEM teaching strategies are designed to meet the needs of educators and the students they serve.
Rider’s many STEM programs include:
In 2013, Rider University was proud to be designated a 100Kin10 institution. Along with our 100Kin10 partners such as National Geographic Education, the American Chemical Society, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Rider is engaged in innovative problem-solving to encourage individuals with a strong interest in STEM to pursue teaching and to make it feasible for them to do so.
CONNECT-ED is a consortium of 13 central New Jersey schools, and community and 4-year colleges in partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company that is dedicated to providing professional development for K-12 teachers of science and math that models the inquiry approach to teaching/learning, organizes content around the Big Ideas in science and math, and makes concept connections across grade levels and among disciplines.
Project SEED is a national enrichment program sponsored partially by the American Chemical Society (ACS), Rider University, and local industry that provides scholarships to underprivileged high school juniors and seniors to allow them the opportunity to perform guided chemistry research in an academic laboratory. The program also provides a strong mentoring experience encompassing life skills.
Rider Graduate Certificate in STEM Education
Funded in 2013 with a grant from the Martinson Family Foundation, the Rider Graduate Certificate in STEM Education encompasses 12 new, online, math and science courses that make it possible for existing teachers and aspiring teachers to strengthen their STEM credentials.
Summer STEM Teacher Academy
Since 2009, Rider University has hosted four annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Academies. The primary goal of the Academy is to increase awareness of the value and rewards of a teaching career in STEM areas for rising juniors and seniors (ages 15-18) who have an interest in STEM. The two-week, intensive program is based on ecological science principles. Under the guidance of high school and college faculty, students gain exposure to Rider’s laboratories as well as research.