Business Education

Program Overview

Rider University students successfully completing the business/marketing education major will be comprehensively certified to teach in the following areas: accounting, banking and insurance, business computer applications, business law, business communications, business mathematics, economics and finance, entrepreneurship, international business, keyboarding, business management, business organization, marketing, office administration/office systems technology and numerous other business-related careers.

Curriculum Overview

Classes for the business/marketing education major are varied and include the general studies core requirements along with classes focused on pragmatic skills such writing great proposals, fundraising, marketing, small business management and the fundamentals of management and organizational behavior.

Along the way, students take part in semester-long field training in a public school working with an experienced classroom teacher and a Rider professor. Over the course of their preparation, students observe and teach in a variety of grade levels in both urban and suburban schools. In this way, they are able to both observe and help conduct learning activities the teacher has planned. In later semesters, students continue to observe and assist and also plan for and teach individuals, small groups and full classes. During the capstone year, they complete an entire semester of full-time student teaching. 

Degree Offered

  • B.S. in Education

Contact:

Sharon S. McKool, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Memorial Hall 102D
609-895-5527
smckool@rider.edu

Program Website: Business Education

Associated Department: Department of Teacher Education 

Related Programs

Business Education/Marketing Education Major Requirements

General Studies and Academic Major

(99 credits)

CMP 120Expository Writing 13
or BHP 100 Honors Seminar: Great Ideas I
CMP 125Research Writing3
or BHP 150 Honors Seminar: Great Ideas II
PSY 100Intro To Psychology3
COM 104Speech Communication3
ECO 200Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 201Principles of Microeconomics3
EDU 106Contexts Of Schooling3
EDU 206Developmental Education Psychology3
Literature3
History3
Mathematics 13
Science3
Philosophy3
Fine Arts3
Foreign Language elective 13
General Studies electives6
NCT 010Freshman Seminar (1 Supplemental Education Unit)0
Total Credits51

Requirements for the Major

(48 credits)

BUS 210Intro to Law: Contracts3
MKT 200Marketing Principles3
ENT 348Small Business Management3
BED 445Work Exper Cooperative Program3
MGT 201Fund Management & Org Behavior3
Select one of the following:3
Workplace Writing
Workplace Writing: Grant Proposals, Fundraising and Development
Workplace Writing:Reviewing and Publishing
Select one of the following:3
Career Management
Team Management
Management Skills
MKT 320Consumer Behavior3
or MKT 340 Personal Selling
BED 307Concepts Instuct Media & Tech3
BED 308Directed Study in Instruct3
BED 309Instruct Media/Technology Mgmt3
Accounting12
Marketing electives3
Total Credits48

Professional Education

(27 credits)

Methodology, curriculum and instruction courses with associated field experiences: 2
BED 415Teaching Business Subjects3
SED 370Teaching in the High School3
SED 431Content Area Reading and Writing3
BED 410Prin/Strat Voc & Coop Ed3
SPE 300Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers3
Capstone professional semester of full-time student teaching:
EDU 465Student Teaching and Seminar 312
Total Credits27
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.

2

ALL students must show evidence of having taken and passed all sections of the Core Academic Skills For Educators Test prior to being able to register for ALL Education Methods Courses.

3

Students must have a “C+” or higher in all education courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before enrolling in EDU 465.  In addition, students must present evidence of a passing score on the Praxis Content Knowledge for Teaching Assessments test for their specific subject area six months prior to student teaching (by March 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the fall semester and July 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the spring). 

Minors in bilingual education, English as a second Language (ESL), and interdisciplinary minor in special education are also available. Please see minor requirements listed above.

Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
History Elective 3
Mathematics Elective 1 3
PSY 100 Intro To Psychology 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
Science Elective (BIO / PHY) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
BED 307 Concepts Instuct Media & Tech 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
Literature Elective 3
Philosophy Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
BUS 210 Intro to Law: Contracts 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Summer Semester
BED 445 Work Exper Cooperative Program 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Year 3
Fall Semester
ACC 302 Cost Management 3
BED 308 Directed Study in Instruct 3
ENT 348 Small Business Management 3
SED 370 Teaching in the High School 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ACC 320 Accounting Info Systems 3
BED 309 Instruct Media/Technology Mgmt 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MKT 320
Consumer Behavior
or Personal Selling
3
Marketing Elective 3
Workplace Writing Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 4
Fall Semester
BED 410 Prin/Strat Voc & Coop Ed 3
BED 415 Teaching Business Subjects 3
SED 431 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
Select one of the following: 3
Career Management  
Team Management  
Management Skills  
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 5 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credits126
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.   

2

EDU 106 and EDU 206 must be taken concurrently in either the fall or spring of the second year.

3

Any course in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences may be used as a General Studies Elective (GSE) provided the prerequisites have been met.  A maximum of two Education courses (six credits) may be used.  Courses required to fulfill a minor may be used as GSEs.   Courses in the College of Business or the arts administration major/minor in the School of Fine and Performing Arts may not be used as GSEs.

4

 Workplace Writing Elective:ENG 321, ENG 322 or ENG 323.

5

Students must present evidence of a passing score on the Praxis Content Knowledge for Teaching Assessments test for their specific subject area six months prior to student teaching (by March 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the fall semester and July 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the spring). 

Courses and Descriptions

BED 307 Concepts Instuct Media & Tech 3 Credits

Designed to provide the student with familiarity and appreciation of the role of educational technology in the workplace as it applies to students, teachers, administrators, and trainers. The student will explore the Internet, various educational multimedia, distance learning, virtual reality environments, learning theories, and integration models. Appropriate developmental/reflective strategies will be incorporated with instruction. Although multimedia microcomputers will be utilized throughout the course, prior microcomputer knowledge and experience is not a critical element. Multimedia expertise will be developed as the course progresses.

BED 308 Directed Study in Instruct 3 Credits

Designed to enable the student to develop instructional presentations utilizing the advantages of multimedia technology. Each student will be required to create a multimedia portfolio that contains information presentations, cumulative records, presenter notes, work samples, photo library, video animation, and audio narration. Cooperative learning strategies will be utilized throughout the course Developmental/reflective strategies will include self-reflection, peer feedback, and interation with the instructor in class and via E-mail. Expertise will be developed as the course progresses.

BED 309 Instruct Media/Technology Mgmt 3 Credits

Designed to develop technology management skills that can be used for individual classrooms, training centers, subject area specializations, grade levels, school laboratories, curriculum integration, administrative functions, system networks, community services, and communication systems and connecting linkages between educational/work environments and home. Various management strategies will be explored and each student will have an opportunity to design, via a multimedia microcomputer, and instructional technology system of their choice along with a management plan. Cooperative learning strategies will be utilized throughout the course. Developmental/reflective strategies will include self-reflection, peer feedback, and interation with the instructor in class and via E-mail.

Prerequisite(s): At least six semester hours of technology courses or modules.

BED 410 Prin/Strat Voc & Coop Ed 3 Credits

Designed as one of the specialized courses in the preparation of business and marketing education teachers and teacher-coordinators of cooperative work experience programs. The philosophy and history of education for and about work, including technology, are studies along with the principles and strategies for organizing and administering vocational cooperative education programs. Developmental/reflective evaluative techniques will be applied for the assessment of self, students, instruction and selected case studies. Current instructional concepts, organizational and administrative strategies, legislative enactments, and regulations pertaining to the employment of youth are included. Special attention is given to the role of vocational student organizations and advisory committees. Open to all students. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

BED 415 Teaching Business Subjects 3 Credits

Instructional strategies in the teaching of business and marketing subjects are analyzed and demonstrated. Students are required to prepare lesson plans, teach demonstration lessons, develop a unit plan, and compile a resource file of teaching materials. Videotaping of demonstration lessons is integrated with the course work to encourage developing teaching competency through a series of instructional modules appropriate to the student's certification interests. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

BED 445 Work Exper Cooperative Program 3-6 Credits

A minimum of 300 hours of a supervised occupational experience or a supervised internship program in an approved work station or institution. The experience is coordinated and supervised by a qualified coordinator of occupational education. A series of activities are designed to relate job and intern experiences to the student's future role as an employee or a professional teacher. The student will be evaluated by the supervising employer and the Unveristy supervisor.

BED 490 Independent Research & Study 1-6 Credits

Provides the student with an opportunity to study an area of personal interest. The outline for the study must be accepted by a sponsoring professor and aproved by the student's department and academic dean. The number of semester hours credit to be assigned is determined by the department.

EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 Credits

Students in this field-based course will begin to examine aims, practices, and contemporary issues of schooling in their historical, sociological, philosophical, and futuristic contexts and from the perspectives of various multicultural constituencies-- students, parents, local community, wider economic community, government, and the profession. In doing so, they will begin to develop professional skills of observation, reflection, analysis, and argument. This course must be taken concurrently with Developmental Educational Psychology. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. All Elementary Education students must have taken the Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Test (test code 5031, described below). Elementary Education students do not need to have passed the test but only to have taken the tests to register for EDU 106 and EDU 206. There is no Praxis requirement for Secondary Education students registering for EDU 106 and EDU 206.

EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 Credits

This field-based course focuses on: a) the cognitive, personality, social, creative, and moral development of children and adolescents; b) influential theories, concepts, and research findings of educational psychology; and c) the translation of psychological theory into classroom practices. This course must be taken concurrently with EDU 102: Contexts of Schooling. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

EDU 320 Introduction to Linguistics and Psycholinguistics 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the properties of human languages and to their systematic study in the field of linguistics and psycholinguistics. Topics include the nature of human language as distinct from other communication systems; sound patterns (phonology), word-formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and meaning (semantics) in the world’s languages; relations to cognition, communication, and social organization; dialect variation and language standardization; language learning by children and adults; and the nature and history of writing systems. Intended for any undergraduate and graduate interested in language or its use. It is assumed that students have had no prior course work or exposure to linguistics and will begin with the basic assumptions that are shared by those who study language from a variety of perspectives. Students analyze their own speech patterns, investigate different speech acts in different languages and develop a research project using a linguistic construct in order to apply it to the second language classroom. Students present this project in a poster format to the university community at the end of the semester. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. NOTE: This course is cross-listed as FLE 320. Students cannot get credit for both FLE 320 and EDU 320.

EDU 358 Literacy and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child 3 Credits

Presents multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on bilingual/bicultural children and their reading process. Strategies and materials for second language reading instruction are suggested and discussed.

EDU 420 Teaching a Second Language 3 Credits

This course focuses on interactive methods of teaching a new language as well as cross-cultural understanding. Students learn to plan using national and state standards for language instruction, organize activities, design and direct language learning tasks, and assess learning. Includes theoretical positions on communicative language learning and teaching, the use and evaluation of currently used materials, the design of new materials, and field experiences in the language to be taught. Students develop their professional portfolio, participate in an E-seminar, prepare a unit of study, and present lesson segments. Open to prospective world language teachers, ESL and bilingual teachers, as well as practicing teachers seeking certification. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. *NOTE: This course is cross-listed as FLE 420. Students cannot get credit for both FLE 420 and EDU 420.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

EDU 451 Special Topics in Education 1-6 Credits

Student teachers, graduate interns, Rider faculty, cooperating teachers, and building-level administrators will engage in collaborative study of a topic through reading, writing, discussion, observation, and reflection on their work in classrooms. Work in these seminars will help student teachers synthesize knowledge from their professional courses and all participants extend their understanding of a particular topic pertaining to teaching. Teacher research methods will be employed as participants analyze their own teaching through perspectives of the seminar topic. Topics will vary each semester. This course is dual-listed for undergraduate and graduate credit. Enrollment is limited to students concurrently enrolled in student teaching and to cooperating teachers and principals working with them.

EDU 460 Educating and Evaluating the Bilingual Child 3 Credits

An examination of the historical, legal, and pedagogical aspects of the education of language minority students. Considers the design of school programs for minority students including legal mandates, testing, staffing, and funding. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of bilingual students as they enter, develop and exit from special programs of study. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 12 Credits

A full-time program for seniors providing practical teaching experience in an accredited elementary or secondary school. Under the direct supervision of the cooperating teacher, student teachers are responsible for the planning of lessons and for teaching in their areas of specialization and for developing a high level of teaching competency. Supervisors from Rider observe the student teachers at work, confer with the cooperating teachers and student teachers, and evaluate the growth of the student teachers throughout the internship period. Special topics are considered in seminars held in conjunction with student teaching. These topics include school health and substance abuse, school law, teacher certification and placement, classroom management, mainstreaming, professionalism, and other topics deemed appropriate by the faculty and student teachers.

Prerequisite(s): 1. Satisfactory completion of junior-level professional courses; 2. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 prior to commencing the semester in which student teaching is to be completed; 3. All professional education courses, with the exception of those taken concurrently with student teaching, must be completed with a grade of “C+” or better; 4. A candidate for student teaching must be approved by the education division and the coordinator of student teaching. There is an additional fee for Student Teaching.

SED 370 Teaching in the High School 3 Credits

This field-based course focuses on general pedagogy in grades nine through 12. Emphasis will be on generic teaching approaches, planning lessons and developing units of study, learning styles, issues and techniques of evaluation, and multiculturalism. Working in local high schools, students continue observing and begin teaching lessons in their subject area specialization. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

SED 400 Teaching Enlish Language Arts in the Secondary School 3 Credits

Students preparing to teach English in middle schools and senior high schools explore strategies for the imaginative teaching of literature, poetry, drama, grammar, composing processes, vocabulary, and oral language use. Students research, develop, and critique thematic units, analyze curriculum, and study the selection, development, and use of a wide variety of teaching materials. Traditional and alternative methods of assessment are explored. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

SED 405 Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools 3 Credits

The theoretical foundations of teaching social studies in junior and senior high schools. Basic goals and aims of social studies instruction are studied, and specific methodological techniques are described and practiced. Demonstration lessons are prepared and presented. Considers typical problems with which teachers are confronted. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

SED 410 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools 3 Credits

Classroom interaction analysis systems are utilized in the study of the teaching-learning process. Students develop their own repertoire of teaching strategies. Emphasis on the investigation and interpretation of recent curriculum developments, and the use of the laboratory in science instruction. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

SED 415 Teaching Mathematics Secondary Schools 3 Credits

The critical analysis of the aims of teaching mathematics in the secondary school; review of recent research in the content and teaching of mathematics by individuals and groups; demonstration lessons (reflective teaching) to illustrate techniques of teaching; the planning of lessons; selection and organization of materials and subject matter; and evaluation of lesson presentation. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

SED 420 Teaching a Second Language 3 Credits

This course focuses on interactive methods of teaching a new language as well as cross-cultural understanding. Students learn to plan using national and state standards for language instruction, organize activities, design and direct language learning tasks, and assess learning. Includes theoretical positions on communicative language learning and teaching, the use and evaluation of currently used materials, the design of new materials, and field experiences in the language to be taught. Students keep a journal and develop their professional portfolio, participate in an E-seminar, prepare a unit of study, and present lesson segments. Open to prospective world language teachers, ESL and bilingual teachers, as well as practicing teachers seeking certification. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. *NOTE: This course is cross-listed as FLE 420. Students cannot get credit for both FLE 420 and SED 420.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

SED 431 Content Area Reading and Writing 3 Credits

Explores theoretical and methodological issues concerned with teaching reading and writing within content area classes. Students analyze junior high and high school textbooks and other reading materials, study methods of adjusting instruction to varying reading and writing needs of students, prepare directed reading activities in their specific content areas, and use informal diagnostic reading tools. Included is the preparation of content area writing assignments and the evaluation of student writing as well as the teaching of study skills? Emphasis throughout is on the integration of reading and writing into secondary school subject classes. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

SED 490 Independent Research and Study 1-6 Credits

The outline for study must be accepted by the professor and approved by the department. The semester hours credit to be assigned is determined by the department.