About the College of Education and Human Services

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The College of Education and Human Services is preparing our students to be effective educators.  Rider was the first private New Jersey institution to hold the highest accreditation possible in teaching from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now known as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). We offer graduates added value and recognition nationwide when seeking employment or admission to graduate study.

Curriculum Development Leaders

Well Prepared and Effective Educators

  • Rider University has responded to the nationwide call for transformational improvements in our schools of education. Our programs in teacher education, teacher and administrator leadership, and human services offer cutting-edge opportunities for high quality preparation and professional growth.

Our Students Get Jobs

  • Many recent graduates are working in schools, clinical settings and organizations, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

  • Our field-based programs and strong Rider alumni network provide important contacts and mentoring opportunities that lead to employment opportunities for our graduates. 

  • Six of our recent graduates, have been named NJ Distinguished Student Teacher of the Year.

Curriculum Addresses the needs of 21st Century Education 

  • We have created partnerships with local schools, businesses, and government and community agencies so that we can work collaboratively to develop high-quality programs for our students.

  • We value excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. 

  • Our professors are devoted advisors and mentors who relate well to their students. 

A Leader in Preparing STEM teachers

  • Rider SELECT, a collaboration between Rider’s Departments of Science and our College of Education and Human Services. SELECT is dedicated to the preparation and career-long professional development of grades K-12 teachers of science and mathematics. 

  • Established in 2003, our CONNECT-ED (C-E) initiative is a consortium of 14 central New Jersey districts and independent schools, Rider and Princeton Universities, Raritan Valley Community College, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. It is dedicated to providing a coherent, sustained system of professional development for K-12 teachers of science and mathematics that models the inquiry approach to teaching and learning. Rider serves as lead institution for the Consortium.

  • Rider University - A 100Kin10 Institution
    Rider University is proud to be designated a 100Kin10 institution, and is engaged in innovative program development to encourage individuals with a strong interest in STEM to pursue teaching.  Rider is also pleased to partner with private industry.  Via mentoring and intellectual input from its science and math alumni as well as grant-funded projects, Rider exposes students to STEM in the “real world” while providing students with career preparation opportunities.

  • Online STEM Courses for Teachers
    The College of Education and Human Services at Rider University has received a $300,000 grant from the Martinson Family Foundation to support a new initiative aimed at improving the teaching of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines for P-12 teachers.

    The grant supports Rider’s Online STEM Core Curriculum Professional Development Certificate program, which includes the creation of 12 new, online, graduate education courses in STEM – six in the math core curriculum and six in the science and engineering design and technology curriculum, as well as additional professional development opportunities. 
  • TEACH First Class
    TEACH First Class transforms traditional teacher preparation by eliminating the gap between theory and practice. Teacher candidates immediately begin their classroom experiences, supported by mentoring by Rider’s College of Education and Human Services faculty. In this accelerated 9-month program, they gain the teaching credentials and hands-on classroom experiences they need, while establishing the professional relationships and support network essential to success.

    All graduate classes, faculty mentoring and classroom experiences take place at a local elementary school near Rider University’s Lawrenceville Campus. Funded by the Carnegie Foundation, TEACH First Class graduates are STEM-strong.