Teacher Education Programs

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Full-time Residency Teacher Certification Program

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 a K-6 elementary school teacher.

Part-time Evening Teacher Certification Program

A graduate-level program for college graduates seeking the initial teaching certificate, it is designed for part-time enrollees who take one or two courses per semester. Rider offers a streamlined rigorous, and sequential program of professional studies that combines the best of theory, research, and practice.

College graduates seeking the initial teaching certification enroll in this graduate-level program consisting of 21 credit hours (four initial courses) followed by a seminar and internship.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

A graduate-level program for college graduates seeking the initial teaching certificate who wish to earn a Masters Degree by completing additional coursework.  The 30-credit Masters of Arts program offers teachers the opportunity to enrich their professional knowledge.  The program is open to Rider graduates from Teacher Education and the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program.  Generous transfer credits are offered. 

Master of Arts in Special Education and Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification (online)

The Master of Arts in Special Education Program is designed to prepare certified teachers to teach students with special needs in a variety of settings. Programs are designed both for individuals who already hold New Jersey Teacher of the Handicapped or Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification as well as those who are prepared to teach in general education settings.

English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Certification

The goal of the ESL and Bilingual Certification programs is to sensitize educators to the cultural, sociological, linguistic and psychological diversities that non-native English speakers bring to the classroom. The goal of these programs is to assist candidates in developing an understanding of these learners so they can achieve the greatest potential through education for life.

STEM Education

Rider University’s STEM graduate education courses and 15-credit Graduate Certificate Program provide the knowledge and pedagogy to enable K-8 teachers to become outstanding STEM leaders in their district.