Program overview

Our part-time, evening teacher certification program is for college graduates and career changers seeking to obtain their initial teaching certificate provides candidates the opportunity to earn their initial K-6 teaching certification while working with students in classrooms. The program can be completed in just three semesters (16 months), and includes a full-time student teaching experience in the final semester.

Rider also offers a full-time accelerated nine-month teacher certification program.

Program highlights

Rider offers a streamlined program of professional studies that combines the best of theory, research, and practice.

Highlights include:

  • Take two or three courses per semester with classes in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Student teach full-time in your last semester.
  • Meet the requirements to receive a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing.
  • Transfer all of your certification credits (21 -24 credits) from the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program into the 30-credit Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.
Learn more about the MAT
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Program requirements

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.

Available programs

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

If you choose to continue your teacher education, you may transfer all certification credits (21 -24 credits) from the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program to the 30-credit Master of Arts in Teaching program. 

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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.

Tuition benefits for state employees

Rider University is proud to partner with The State of New Jersey and give back to educators by offering a tuition discount and additional benefits to eligible employees, as well as their immediate family members under the age of 24, for undergraduate or graduate study. Other partners include Lawrence Township Public Schools, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District and Ewing Public Schools.  



Kathleen Pierce, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Master of Arts in Teaching and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs

Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling

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Academic Focus: Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education

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