Part-time, Evening Teacher Certification Program

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Part-time, Evening

Part-time, Evening

Part-time, Evening Teacher Certification Program for college graduates and career changers seeking to obtain the initial teaching certificate. A part-time and evening program for working students. Completion in just under two years including student teaching placement in the last semester.

The Part-time, Evening Teacher Certification Program is appropriate for applicants who have a proven record of academic performance, are committed to the ideals of the teaching profession, and have the potential to succeed as a teacher. Rider also offers a full-time accelerated nine-month teacher certification program.

About the Part-time, Evening Teacher Certification Program

Rider offers a streamlined program of professional studies that combines the best of theory, research, and practice. It is designed for part-time enrollees who take one or two courses per semester. The classes run in late afternoons and evenings. In your last semester, you will be student teaching full-time.

Students who complete all the requirements of this state-approved and nationally accredited certification program are eligible to receive a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing. Students seeking out-of-state certification will find that completing an NCATE (nationally) approved program will enable them to achieve certification quickly in becoming certified immediately in many other states.

Students will be able to transfer 9 of their course credits from the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation program into the MAT degree if they choose to continue their teacher education.

Available Programs

All programs lead to teacher certification in the state of New Jersey.

  • Graduate Level Early Childhood Education (P-Grade 3 Certification)
  • Graduate Level Elementary Education (K-Grade 5 Certification)
  • Graduate Level Secondary Education (K-12 Subject Area Certification)
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
    • English
    • Science
    • World Language & Bilingual
    • ESL (English as a second language)
    • Music
    • Business and Marketing Education (K-12 Certification)
  • Graduate Level Teacher Certification with Masters of Arts in Teaching (Initial Certification MAT)

Admissions Information

Rider University is accepting applications for Summer and Fall.
Application Deadline: 
May 1 for a Summer start or August 1 for a Fall start.

Apply to the Part-time Teacher Certification Program

View the part-time Teacher Certification program application process and requirements.


For more information about this program, contact:

Headshot of Kathleen Pierce
Memorial Hall 202F

Dr. Kathleen Marie Pierce is a professor in the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling in the School of Education at Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.

Jamie Mitchell
Director of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
Ciambelli Hall