TEACH first class: Post Baccalaureate residency program for initial certification

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This exciting, 21-graduate credit, Post Baccalaureate 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.

TEACH first class 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.

TEACH first class 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.

TEACH first class 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.

Apply to TEACH first class

This program was developed with generous funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

To learn more about this innovative approach, contact:

Jamie Mitchell
Director of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
Ciambelli Hall