Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs

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Your experience as a student in the College of Education and Human Services

One faculty advisor
As a student in the College of Education and Human Services, you’ll have the opportunity to work with one professor during your time at Rider who will personally advise and assist you in developing your specific programs. In your classes, you will work directly with faculty who has been successful practitioners in their respective fields. Students enrolled in the Rider teacher preparation programs receive structured experiences working with children, teachers, school administrators, and community agencies.

Academic experience
Each undergraduate education course is taught in conjunction with a semester-long field experience in a public school where you’ll work with an experienced classroom teacher and a Rider professor. Over the course of your professional preparation, you are placed in a variety of grade levels in both urban and suburban schools.

Working as a teacher assistant
During your foundation year, you’ll work as a teacher assistant. You will observe and help conduct learning activities the teacher has planned. In your methods year, you will continue to observe and assist and also plan for and teach individuals, small groups, and full classes. In your capstone year, you will complete an entire semester of full-time student teaching.

BECOME A TEACHER: Rider's Teacher Education Programs

Early Childhood/Elementary Education Dual Licensure Program
The Early Childhood/Elementary Dual Licensure Program leads to two teaching certificates: Preschool through third grade (P-3) and Elementary (Kindergarten through sixth grade).

Elementary Education
Elementary education majors select a liberal arts discipline in which they fulfill the requirements for the major. The fulfillment of these requirements, together with general studies courses, provides a substantial liberal studies background as well as a foundation for professional development.

Minor in Middle School Education
The minor in middle school education leads to an endorsement in middle school teaching of either English, mathematics, social studies, science, or one world language.

Secondary Education
Preparation to teach a particular academic subject is accomplished through a program requiring completion of the major requirements of the appropriate liberal arts or science major, general studies, and professional education major requirements

Special Education Programs
The Interdisciplinary Minor in Special Education is designed for Rider University undergraduate students who are enrolled as elementary or secondary education majors.
Minor in Interdisciplinary Special Education for Elementary Education Majors
Interdisciplinary Minor in Special Education for Elementary Education and Psychology
Interdisciplinary Minor in Special Education for Secondary Education Majors

English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language Certification is available to elementary education majors and secondary education majors.

STEM Teacher Scholarship Program
A unique program that offers scholarships, individualized advising and support, and an innovative curriculum toward resolving the critical need for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in high schools nationwide. After graduating, begin your career as a secondary STEM teacher (grades 9‐12) in a “high need” school district.

2019–20 Undergraduate Student Handbook (.pdf)