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 secondary school teacher at Rider.


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Educators make a difference

Secondary education graduates leave Rider well-prepared to support students to find their future career paths and reach their academic goals.

Common careers:

  • High school teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Middle school teacher
  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Teacher assistant
  • Special education teacher
Headshot of student Juli Ezzo
I knew that future employers would see that I graduated from Rider and immediately know that I, while young and inexperienced, had been part of a rigorous teacher preparation program.
Juli Ezzo '20
Secondary Education (B.A.) and History (B.A.) with a certificate in English as a Second Language
Read Her Story

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.

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Program requirements

Secondary education majors select from liberal arts or sciences 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. 

Secondary education student teaching a class.


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

Minors offered: 

  • Bilingual Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Special Education

Financial aid resources

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


Mark Pearcy

Assistant Professor II

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

mpearcy [at]


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