Why choose teaching at Rider

Rider recognizes careers don’t follow a single path. 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.

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Small class sizes

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Full-time and part-time learning options

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Hands-on experience

Our teaching certifications

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Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

For individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching related area and are looking to change careers. Those interested in secondary education should have completed coursework in a specific content area, such as Biology, English, or Social Studies. Those interested in teaching in an Elementary or Preschool setting should have a background in liberal arts. Format: full-time and part-time, 21-24 credits

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2-year NJ Alternate Route Teaching Certification

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 the program as part of the Provisional Teacher Process. Format: part-time, 27 credits

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Benefits of earning your certification

What you’ll get:

  •  Increased employability
  •  Improvement in salary and promotion potential 
  •  Opportunity to pursue additional endorsements and certifications
  •  Opportunity to retool and to change careers
  •  Confidence in your strategic leadership capabilities
  •  Access to a strong and diverse network of faculty, colleagues and alumni
Kim Maguire
Rider has showed me that I can take risks and study new things and go towards the career I have always wanted."
Kim Maguire '23
K-6 Teacher Certification/Master of Arts in Teaching
Graduate Level Literacy Concentration

Why earn your teacher certification in NJ?

  • The median salary for a teacher in New Jersey is $72,900, making New Jersey teachers some of the best paid in the country (NJ.com, 2022). 
  • New Jersey has some of the most robust certification requirements and it is often easier to earn out-of-state certification shall you choose to relocate (NJ.gov, 2022).

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