STEM Education for K-12 Teachers

Students building a model bridge.

Build the foundation for the next generation of STEM leaders.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know, the world depends on STEM! 

Teacher builds robot with students.

Innovations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are driving new growth in healthcare, manufacturing, communications, and beyond. The workforce demand for STEM professionals continues to increase. 

K-12 educators play a leading role in building students’ content knowledge, skills and fluency in STEM-related fields and concepts. STEM education also fosters students’ capabilities for critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and intellectual curiosity. 

One of the biggest challenges in education today is the scarcity of qualified STEM teachers. Rider’s STEM education programs provide educators with the knowledge to solve this critical issue. Our program specializes in preparing experienced, practicing teachers with the educational structure to effectively teach STEM subjects or to integrate and apply STEM-related concepts across disciplines. 

STEM Certificate Options

Rider currently offers three options for practicing teachers to earn a 15 credit professional development certification(s) in the concentration areas of: 

  • Math - Available online.
  • Science - Available online.
  • Endeavor STEM - Available online. Offered through a partnership with U.S. Satellite Laboratory that brings real world data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to your classroom.

Current New Jersey educators may be eligible for a New Jersey Department of Education endorsement/certification. Practicing teachers in other states must check with their state Department of Education to learn more about its specific requirements. 

STEM Teacher Leadership Graduate Degree

Teachers who are interested in advancing their credentials, and assuming a STEM leadership role in their school and/or school district, are strongly encouraged to earn an additional 21 credits to obtain a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership in addition to their certificate. 

Learn more about 100Kin10

To learn more on Rider’s graduate STEM education courses and certificate programs, and graduate admissions contact:

Headshot of Judith Stegmaier-Nappi
Associate Professor
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 218C

Academic Background

EdD., Administrative Policy and Urban Education, Fordham University, 1997    

M.A.  Administration and Supervision, Montclair State University, 1992

B.A.  Psychology and Social Studies, Montclair State University, 1982

Recipient of the Montclair State University William A. Cuff Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Education, 2006


Teacher of Psychology – New Jersey

Teacher of Social Studies – New Jersey

Supervisor – New Jersey

Jamie Mitchell
Director of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
Ciambelli Hall