Find your path
Rider recognizes careers don’t follow a single path. Our post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs are designed for career changers as well as recent college graduates who have not completed a formal teacher preparation program. Students in our programs benefit from small class sizes, hands-on experiences and supportive faculty. Our full and part-time options are flexible and affordable. We also offer a 2-year NJ Alternate Route program for students already on their way to a career in teaching. Credits from the Post-Baccalaureate and NJ Alternate Route certification programs can be applied to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
Which program is right for you?
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
This program is for individuals who are interested in teaching, and have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. Those who are interested in secondary education should have completed coursework in a specific content area, such as Biology, English, or Social Studies, whereas those interested in teaching in an Elementary or Preschool setting should have a background in liberal arts. The program is offered in two formats: full-time and part-time.
2-year NJ Alternate Route Teaching Certification
This program is for individuals who have obtained a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) through the NJ Department of Education, have attended a 50-hour pre-professional CE program, and have been hired as a full-time teacher by a New Jersey public school based on their CE. The school district must then agree to enroll the individual in Rider’s 2-year Alternate Route program as part of the Provisional Teacher Process.
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*Applications may be submitted prior to completing testing requirements
Apply your knowledge in the classroom
Throughout your teacher preparation in the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program, you will integrate classroom field experiences and observations with research and theory to develop your own professional teaching dispositions and methods. Your program culminates in student teaching where you will be mentored by experienced educators as you work full-time with students.
Compassionate faculty to help you on your journey
Our dedicated and driven faculty members hold advanced degrees and bring specialized, real-world knowledge and experience into the classroom. They are there for you to answer your questions, help build your network and assist you on your journey.
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.
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Professor and Director, Master of Arts in Teaching and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall
kpierce [at] rider.edu
Academic Focus: Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education