Program overview

Make meaningful contributions in the classroom, positively impact the lives of students and put your passion to work by preparing to become a licensed elementary school teacher at Rider.


Teaching jobs in the US (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020)


Median salary for kindergarten and elementary school teachers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021)


Kindergarten and elementary school teacher job openings each year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Educate the next generation

Elementary education graduates leave Rider well-prepared to support students to build solid learning foundations. Our graduates are recruited by schools and districts throughout the state and take on important roles in elementary education.

Common careers:

  • Elementary and kindergarten teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Preschool and childcare center director
  • Teacher assistant
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I liked that Rider had small classes, and that whenever I visited, Dr. McKool always remembered my name, and everyone always answered all of my questions. I knew that at Rider I wasn’t going to get lost in the crowd.
Jenna Dean '21
Elementary Education (B.A.)
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Program requirements

Elementary education majors select from a liberal arts discipline in which they will fulfill the requirements for the major. Your curriculum will consist of a combination of general studies courses, major requirements and field experiences.

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall


Make the most of your undergraduate experience and earn additional teaching certifications by adding a minor to your degree.

Minors offered:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Middle School Education
  • Special Education

Student teaching

Your studies are half the picture of becoming a teacher, but the other half is actually teaching. As part of the College of Education and Human Services, you’ll observe and assist in classrooms, develop teaching methods and complete an entire semester of full-time student teaching.

Student teacher.

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Sharon McKool

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Teacher Education

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

smckool [at]


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