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Full-time Residency Teacher Certification Program

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This exciting, 21-graduate credit, post-baccalaureate full-time residency teacher certification 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.


The full-time residency program 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 nine-month residency 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.


Teacher and student in classroom working together at a table.Program Highlights

  • Full immersion in an elementary school for nine months - with the option of continuing on for your Master of Arts in Teaching (just three additional courses).

  • 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 accepting applications.

The full-time residency program participants are limited to 12 students for maximum support and personal attention.

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

Not sure if you meet the GPA and academic requirements to apply? Submit your unofficial transcripts and we’ll help take the guesswork out of the process.


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To learn more about this innovative approach, contact:

Jamie Mitchell
Director of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
Ciambelli Hall
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