Program overview

Rider’s M.A. in Teacher Leadership is designed for accomplished educators who are committed to teaching excellence and want to be catalysts of change and collaboration in their schools. This low-residency program combines the best of face-to-face learning with the convenience of online learning. Its innovative design gives participants the flexibility they need to balance work and family demands while advancing their skills as teacher leaders.

Be a catalyst for change

Rider University’s Teacher Leadership graduates will graduate with many skills and be prepared to be a catalyst for change in the workplace.

Skills include:

  • Lead both inside and outside of their classroom
  • Coach and mentor new teachers
  • Observe and provide constructive feedback to teachers at all stages of their careers
  • Assist in implementing newly emerging teacher evaluation systems
  • Coordinate efforts to design and develop curriculum
  • Make decisions based on analysis of data
  • Assess performance to improve instruction and initiate instructional
  • Programmatic changes to enhance student achievement
Teacher Leadership students in classroom
One of the most unique aspects of what Rider offered compared to other colleges was the hybrid program. Classes on Saturday once a month are very doable and allow me to make personal connections and friendships with my classmates.
Yuliya Tsypenyuk
pursuing a master’s in Rider’s teacher leadership program

Core content concentrations

Enhance your content knowledge and ability to deliver instruction in a common core curriculum area of specialization with a teacher leadership concentration.

Concentration options

  • English as a Second Language/Bilingual Concentration
  • Inclusive Practices in Education Concentration
  • Math Concentration
  • Principal Concentration
  • Science Concentration
  • Literacy Concentration
  • Gifted Education and Creativity Concentration
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Program requirements

Teachers who complete the full 36-credit master’s degree will acquire both content knowledge and the skills needed to be effective teacher leaders in their schools and school districts. The full master’s degree program includes both the 21-credit teacher leadership core and the 15-credit core content disciplines. Students who complete the teacher leadership core, which includes a 120-hour internship, will be eligible to receive the state endorsement. Students who complete the master’s degree track are eligible to apply for New Jersey supervisor certification. 

A Teacher Leadership Professional Development Certificate is also available.


Judith Stegmaier-Nappi

Associate Professor

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

jstegmaiern [at]


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