Program Overview

Our 21-credit full-time graduate program is a mentored nine-month program that provides candidates the opportunity to earn their initial K-6 teaching certification while working with students in classrooms throughout the academic year.

Rider also offers a part-time evening certification program.

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Program Highlights

The post-baccalaureate full-time residency teacher certification program transforms traditional teacher preparation by eliminating the gap between theory and practice. You immediately begin your classroom experiences. 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.

Highlights Include

  • 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.
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Available Programs

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

Students will be able to transfer all of their certification credits (21 -24 credits) from the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program into the MAT degree if they choose to continue their teacher education.

How to Apply

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

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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Certificates and Endorsements Explained

Initial teaching certification is the first step while additional certifications, endorsements and degrees add qualifications to an existing license.


Kathleen Pierce, Ph.D.


Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

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