Teacher Leadership Certification Program for New Jersey

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The Teacher Leadership certificate program is designed for experienced and fully-certified educators and other related instructional personnel to gain the necessary skills and professional knowledge to promote a culture of achievement and take on greater responsibility in their classrooms, schools and districts.

It develops the leadership skills of students to influence positive change in their districts while remaining active in their classrooms. Students should note that the recommended course sequence set by Rider University has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) for the teacher leadership endorsement and underwent a rigorous approval process that included a description of all curriculum and instructional content, as well as explanations of how the courses align to the Teacher Leader Model Standards and how each course is assessed. 

The certificate program covers topics including how to coach and mentor new teachers, implement teacher evaluation systems, use data analysis to make decisions, and develop curricula. Students who complete the seven-course (21-credit) teacher leadership core, which includes a 120-hour internship, will be eligible to receive the state endorsement.

A 36-credit teacher leadership graduate degree is also available. 

Admission to the Program

Admission to Rider's Teacher Leadership program is a selective process.

To be considered, candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Copies (annual or summative) of teaching evaluations for the most recent two years (one per academic year).
  • Three letters of recommendation (one each from a supervisor, principal and colleague).
  • A professional résumé.
  • A 500-word personal reflection on leadership in teaching.

For more information, please contact: 

Headshot of Judith Stegmaier-Nappi
Associate Professor
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 218C

Academic Background

EdD., Administrative Policy and Urban Education, Fordham University, 1997    

M.A.  Administration and Supervision, Montclair State University, 1992

B.A.  Psychology and Social Studies, Montclair State University, 1982

Recipient of the Montclair State University William A. Cuff Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Education, 2006


Teacher of Psychology – New Jersey

Teacher of Social Studies – New Jersey

Supervisor – New Jersey