Elementary Education

Program Overview

The elementary education program at Rider’s College of Education and Human Services prepares students for fulfilling teaching careers in America’s diverse society. Rider was the first private New Jersey institution to hold the highest accreditation possible in teaching from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP) and we offer graduates added value and recognition nationwide when seeking employment or admission to graduate study.

Curriculum Overview

As they begin their path to becoming effective and skilled elementary school teachers, students in Rider’s elementary education program engage in studies that provide an academic background for those subjects they will be teaching.

Elementary education majors select a liberal arts discipline in which they fulfill the requirements for the major. The fulfillment of these requirements, together with general studies courses, provides a substantial liberal studies background as well as a foundation for professional development.

In addition, elementary education majors can elect to pursue the following minors, certifications and endorsements: dual license in early childhood and elementary education; middle school minor; English as a second language; bilingual education; interdisciplinary minor in special education for elementary education with a second major in a content area.  Please see the Minor Requirements tab on this page for further information on these programs.

Degree Offered

  • B.A. in Elementary Education

Contact

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

Program Website:  Elementary Education
Associated Department:  Department of Teacher Education

Accreditation Information

National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP)

Related Programs

Elementary education majors select a second major in a liberal arts or science or a Multidisciplinary Studies concentration. Students may also select a second major in art, dance studies, music studies, or theater studies in the School of Fine and Performing Arts.The fulfillment of these second major or concentration requirements together with the general studies courses provides a substantial liberal studies background as well as a foundation for professional development. Please see the second major selections below.

Elementary Education General Studies and Academic Major Requirements

(96-99 credits minimum)

CMP 120Expository Writing 13
or BHP 100 Honors Seminar: Great Ideas I
CMP 125Research Writing3
or BHP 150 Honors Seminar: Great Ideas II
MTH 150Mathematics for Education Majors I3
COM 104Speech Communication3
PSY 100Intro To Psychology3
EDU 106Contexts Of Schooling3
EDU 206Developmental Education Psychology3
Fine Arts elective3
Foreign Language elective 13
History elective3
Literature elective3
Requirements of a selected academic major (varies according to major or concentration)34-66
Science electives (one lab)7
Social Science elective3
Technology elective3
NCT 010Freshman Seminar (1 Supplemental Education Unit)0
General Studies Electives (varies according to second major or concentration6-16

Professional Education

(27 credits)

Methodology, curriculum and instruction courses, with associated field experiences: 2
ELD 307Emergent Literacy P-33
ELD 308Fostering Language and Literacy Development3
ELD 375Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms3
ELD 376Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-63
SPE 300Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers3
Capstone professional semester of full-time student teaching:
EDU 465Student Teaching and Seminar 312
Total Credits27

Note: Students may be required to fulfill entrance requirements for certain second majors.

Second Major Selections

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
  • American Studies
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal JusticFilmmaking, Television and Radio
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • English Writing
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • Geosciences
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Integrated Sciences and Mathematics:  Earth Sciences Concentration
  • Integrated Sciences and Mathematics:  Life Sciences Concentration
  • Integrated Sciences and Mathematics:  Mathematics Concentration
  • Integrated Sciences and Mathematics:  Physical Sciences Concentration
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Studies: Marine Ecological Emphasis
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Web Design
School of Fine and Performing Arts 
  • Dance Studies
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Theatre Studies

Elementary Education Minor Requirements

Undergraduate elementary education majors can elect to pursue the following minors, certifications and endorsements:

Early Childhood/Elementary Dual Licensure Program

The early childhood/elementary dual licensure program leads to two teaching certificates: preschool through third grade (P–3) and elementary (kindergarten through sixth grade). In addition to the professional education courses required of elementary education students, students in this dual licensure program are required to take the following 12-credit sequence of courses:

PSY 230Child Development3
ECE 200Infant and Toddler Care and Education3
ECE 332Issues and Challenges in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 450Developmental Methods and Assessment in Early Childhood Education3

This program is available to any student who maintains a 2.75 GPA and meets all other requirements for admission and retention in the elementary education program.

Note: Students seeking early childhood certification are required to also take and pass the Early Childhood Content Knowledge Praxis test prior to student teaching.

For information regarding this program please contact:

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


Minor in Middle School Education

The minor in middle school education leads to an endorsement in middle school teaching of either English, mathematics, social studies or science. In order to qualify for the middle school endorsement, students must major in elementary education, minor in middle school education, take the required six credits in middle school education listed below, take a minimum of 15 credits in one of the above disciplines, and must also take the Middle School Praxis test for their content area.

In addition to the professional education courses required of elementary education students, students in this program are required to take:

ELD 350Early Adolescence1
ELD 355Teaching in the Inclusive Middle School Classroom1
ELD 360Structure and Culture of Middle School Classroom1
Select one of the following:3
Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School
Teaching Science in the Middle School
Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
Literacy Learning in the Middle School

For information regarding this program please contact:

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


Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Minor in Special Education with a Second Major in Psychology

This interdisciplinary minor in special education is designed for undergraduate students who are enrolled in elementary education with a second major in psychology. In addition to the courses required for the elementary education major, students enrolled in the minor program are required to take a specific sequence of courses within the psychology major. The following 15-credit sequence of courses is designed to teach concepts and applications in special education:

SPE 201Foundations in Special Education and Inclusive Practice3
SPE 202Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Low-Incidence Disabilities3
SPE 303Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities3
SPE 304Assessment and Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom3
TEC 404Assistive and Augmentative Technology for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Disabilities3

Students enrolled in the interdisciplinary minor in special education are required to maintain a GPA of 2.75. The prescribed sequence of courses fulfills the requirements for a New Jersey Endorsement for Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Graduates of this dual licensure program also receive certification in elementary education.

For information regarding this program please contact:

Diane Casale-Giannola, Ed.D.
Professor
Memorial Hall 102E
609-896-5078
dgiannola@rider.edu


Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Minor in Special Education with a Second Major in a Content Area

The elementary education interdisciplinary minor in special education is designed for students majoring in elementary education and a content area (other than psychology) who wish to effectively work with students with disabilities, particularly in inclusive settings. This program includes the courses required by the New Jersey Department of Education for a Teacher of Students with Disabilities licensure endorsement.

The 21-credit sequence of courses is to be taken in addition to the requirements of both the elementary education and content area majors. The required courses may be included as general studies electives where appropriate. Students enrolled in the interdisciplinary minor in special education are required to maintain a GPA of 2.75. The following courses are required for this program:

SPE 201Foundations in Special Education and Inclusive Practice3
SPE 202Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Low-Incidence Disabilities3
SPE 303Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities3
SPE 304Assessment and Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom3
PSY 212Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis3
PSY 237Cognitive Disabilities3
TEC 404Assistive and Augmentative Technology for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Disabilities3

For information regarding this program please contact:

Diane Casale-Giannola, Ed.D.
Professor
Memorial Hall 102E
609-896-5078
dgiannola@rider.edu


Bilingual Education

Certification in bilingual education is available to elementary education majors and secondary education majors who upon completion of the program have demonstrated competence in both English and another language. Candidates for this certification will complete:

Multicultural Studies elective 13
EDU 320Introduction to Linguistics and Psycholinguistics3
EDU 358Literacy and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child3
EDU 420Teaching a Second Language3
EDU 460Educating and Evaluating the Bilingual Child3
Language proficiency evaluations such as the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Written Proficiency Test (WPT) are required.
1. Possible multicultural electives: SPA 102, 311, 325; MCS 110, 220, 280; AMS 210, 212; COM 252; HIS 307; POL 235; SOC 207

 For information regarding this program please contact:

Maria Villalobos-Buehner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Fine Arts 354
609-895-5596
mvillalobos@rider.edu


English as a Second Language

Certification in English as a second language (ESL) is available to elementary and secondary education majors. It may be achieved by an additional 3-6 credits by majors in English or a foreign language (French, German or Spanish). All candidates for this certification will complete:

Multicultural Studies elective 13
EDU 320Introduction to Linguistics and Psycholinguistics3
EDU 358Literacy and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child3
EDU 420Teaching a Second Language3
EDU 460Educating and Evaluating the Bilingual Child3
Language proficiency evaluations such as the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Written Proficiency Test (WPT) are required.
1. Possible multicultural electives: SPA 102, 311, 325; MCS 110, 220, 280; AMS 210, 212; COM 252; HIS 307; POL 235; SOC 207

For information regarding this program please contact:

Maria Villalobos-Buehner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Fine Arts 354
609-895-5596
mvillalobos@rider.edu


Certificate in Technology

Students enrolled in education who successfully complete nine credits in technology-based courses are eligible for a Rider University Certificate in Technology indicating proficiency in instructional technology. Transfer students may transfer in a maximum of three credits for an appropriate technology course. The certificate is issued by the Department of Teacher Education and is obtained from the chair of the department.

For information regarding this certificate please contact:

Michael Curran, Ed.D
Professor
Memorial Hall 102G
609-896-5312
curran@rider.edu

Academic Plan of Study


 Academic Plan for Elementary Education / American Studies

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
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
AMS 200 Introduction to American Studies 3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
American Literature Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
AMS 200 Level Humanities Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
HIS 180 U.S. History I 3
AMS 200 Level Social Science Elective 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
HIS 181 U.S. History II 3
AMS 200-300 Level Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
AMS 400 Seminar in American Studies I 3
AMS 200 Level Elective 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
American Literature Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 4
Fall Semester
AMS 401 Seminar in American Studies II 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
AMS 300 Level Social Science Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Behavioral Neuroscience

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
BIO 115
115L
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab
4
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 1 4
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
BIO 116
116L
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
4
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
BNS 250
250L
Biostatistics
or Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences
or Introduction to Applied Statistics
3-4
BNS 275
275L
Behavioral Neuroscience
and Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
4
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
History Elective 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Spring Semester
BCH 225
225L
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry Lab
4
BNS 310
310L
Neurobiology
and Neurobiology Lab
4
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Two Upper-level Neuroscience: 8
Neurochemistry
and Neurochemistry Lab
 
Neuroethology: Circuits of Behavior
and Neuroethology Lab
 
Fine Arts Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
Select two Biology/Psychology electives: 8
BIO 260 or higher with a lab  
Psy 200 or higher  
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 4
Fall Semester
One Upper-Level Neuroscience 4
Neurochemistry
and Neurochemistry Lab
 
or  
Neuroethology: Circuits of Behavior
and Neuroethology Lab
 
BNS 415 Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 3 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation125-126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Biochemistry

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
BIO 115 Principles of Biology I 4
BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab 0
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
MTH 210 Calculus I 1 4
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
BIO 116 Principles of Biology II 4
BIO 116L Principles of Biology II Lab 0
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
MTH 211 Calculus II 4
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
BIO 260L Principle of Biology: Cells Lab 0
BIO 260 Principles of Biology: Evolution, Diversity, and Biology of Cells 4
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 211L Organic Chemistry I Lab 0
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
BIO 265 Genetics 4
BIO 265L Genetics Lab 0
CHE 214 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHE 214L Organic Chemistry II Lab 0
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
History Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 3
Fall Semester
BCH 325 Biochemistry I 3
BCH 326 Biochem and Enzymology I Lab 1
CHE 250 Quantitative Analysis and Statistics Methods 4
CHE 250L Quantitative Analysis and Statistical Methods Lab 3 0
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
PHY 200 General Physics I 4
PHY 200L General Physics I Lab 0
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
BCH 330 Biochemistry II 3
BCH 331 Biochemistry II Lab 1
PHY 201 General Physics II 4
PHY 201L General Physics II Lab 0
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall Semester
BCH 490 Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression 3
CHE 305 Physical Chemistry I 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 4 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 4 3
Advanced Biochemistry Elective Course 5 1-4
Advanced Biochemistry Elective Course 5 1-4
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17-23
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation131-137

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Biology

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
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 1 4
BIO 115 Principles of Biology I 4
BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab 0
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
BIO 116 Principles of Biology II 4
BIO 116L Principles of Biology II Lab 0
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
Choose One: 4
Calculus I  
Biostatistics
and Biostatistics Lab
 
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
BIO 260 Principles of Biology: Evolution, Diversity, and Biology of Cells 4
BIO 260L Principle of Biology: Cells Lab 0
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 211L Organic Chemistry I Lab 0
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
BIO 265 Genetics 4
BIO 265L Genetics Lab 0
CHE 214 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHE 214L Organic Chemistry II Lab 0
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
BIO 265 or higher BIO/BNS Course and Lab 4
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
History Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
Choose either sequence: 4
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics I Lab
 
or  
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
 
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
BIO 265 or higher BIO/BNS Course and Lab 4
Choose either sequence: 4
Principles of Physics II  
Principles of Physics II Lab  
or  
General Physics I  
General Physics II Lab  
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
Technology Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall Semester
BIO 265 or higher BIO/BNS Course and Lab 4
BIO 400 Seminar in Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 4 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 4 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 5 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation129

 Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Chemistry

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
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
MTH 210 Calculus I 1 4
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Technology Elective 1
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
MTH 211 Calculus II 4
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
History Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 211L Organic Chemistry I Lab 0
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PHY 200 General Physics I 4
PHY 200L General Physics I Lab 0
Fine Arts Elective 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CHE 214 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHE 214L Organic Chemistry II Lab 0
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
PHY 201 General Physics II 4
PHY 201L General Physics II Lab (Social Science Elective) 0
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
CHE 250 Quantitative Analysis and Statistics Methods 4
CHE 250L Quantitative Analysis and Statistical Methods Lab 0
CHE 305 Physical Chemistry I 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 4 2
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
Advanced Chemistry Elective 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
BCH 325 Biochemistry I 3
CHE 315 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 316 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
Advanced Lab Course 6 1-2
Advanced Lab Course 6 1-2
 Semester Credit Hours15-17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation125-127

 Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Communication Studies

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
COM 105 Communication, Culture and Media 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 107 Writing for the Media 3
COM 131 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3
Literature Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours20
Spring Semester
COM 264 Intro to Media Convergence 3
COM 201
Communication Theory
or Theories of Persuasion
3
COM 204 Advanced Speech Communication 3
COM 251 Interpersonal Communication 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
 
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
COM 301 Communication Law 3
COM 302 Communication Ethics 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
One Course from Communication and Culture or Organizational Communication Emphasis 4 3
General Studies Elective 5 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
COM 350 Team & Group Communication 3
One 300 Level Course from Communication and Culture or Organizational Communication Emphasis 4 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
COM 348 Communication Research Methods 3
COM 452 Seminar in Communication Studies 3
COM 400 Senior Seminar Communication 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Criminal Justice

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
SOC 101 Sociological Imagination 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
History Elective 3
Foreign Language 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
SOC 219 Introduction to Criminal Justice: Police, Courts, Corrections 3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
PHL 115 Ethics 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
SOC 206 Deviance and Crime 3
Category III Course 2 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
Science Elective (BIO / PHY) 3
General Studies Elective 4 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
Category III Course 2 3
Category IV Course 2 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Science Elective with Lab (BIO / PHY) 4
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
Category II Course 2 3
Category III Course 2 3
Category IV Course 2 3
Literature Elective 3
Technology Elective 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
Category IV Course 2 3
LAW 307 Criminal Justice Practice 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 5 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 5 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
Cateogry IV Course 2 3
Category V Course 2 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
LAW 460 Criminal Justice Senior Seminar 3
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Dance Studies

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
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 105 Survey of Dance History 3
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 151 Pilates and Modern 1
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Technology Elective 1
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 152 World Dance & Improvisation 1
DAN 350 History of Ballet, Modern & Jazz Dance 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3
History Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 190 Dalcroze Eurythmics 3
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Art History Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
Music History Elective 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
DAN 210 Rider Dances: Repertory & Productions 1
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
Literature Elective 3
Theater History Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 4
Fall Semester
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 498 Senior Capstone 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Filmmaking, Television and Radio

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.

Filmmaking Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
COM 105 Communication, Culture and Media 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Social Science Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 131 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
COM 236 The Aesthetics of Filmmaking 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
COM 233 Writing for Broadcast 3
COM 264 Intro to Media Convergence 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Literature Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 2
Choose one course from the following: 3
Alfred Hitchcock in America  
Documentary Film and Video  
Documenting Cultures Through Travel  
Photography  
Creative Writing: Screenwriting  
Ethnographic Film  
Political Film  
Psychology and Film  
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
COM 234 Audio Production 3
COM 235 Digital Filmmaking 3
COM 301 Communication Law 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
COM 302 Communication Ethics 3
COM 335 Television Field Production 3
COM 338 Writing for Broadcast II 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
COM 400 Senior Seminar Communication 3
COM 402 Directing for Film 3
COM 435 Advanced Digital Filmmaking 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Television Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
COM 105 Communication, Culture and Media 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Social Science Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 131 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
COM 230 Radio & TV Communication 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
COM 233 Writing for Broadcast 3
COM 264 Intro to Media Convergence 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Literature Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 2
Choose one course from the following: 3
Digital Filmmaking  
The Aesthetics of Filmmaking  
Introduction to Web Design  
Graphic Imaging for Digital Media  
3D Graphic Animation  
Documentary Film and Video  
Documenting Cultures Through Travel  
Photography  
Converging Digital Media  
Television Production Practicum  
Directing for Film  
Advanced Digital Filmmaking  
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
COM 234 Audio Production 3
COM 301 Communication Law 3
COM 331 Television Production 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
COM 302 Communication Ethics 3
COM 333 Broadcast Programming 3
COM 335 Television Field Production 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
COM 338 Writing for Broadcast II 3
COM 400 Senior Seminar Communication 3
COM 431 Adv TV Research & Production 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Radio Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
COM 105 Communication, Culture and Media 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Social Science Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 131 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
COM 234 Audio Production 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
COM 233 Writing for Broadcast 3
COM 234 Audio Production 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Literature Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 2
Choose one course from the following: 3
Digital Filmmaking  
Introduction to Web Design  
Graphic Imaging for Digital Media  
Oral Interpretation of Literature  
Documenting Cultures Through Travel  
Television Field Production  
Photography  
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
COM 234 Audio Production 3
COM 301 Communication Law 3
COM 331 Television Production 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
COM 302 Communication Ethics 3
COM 333 Broadcast Programming 3
COM 338 Writing for Broadcast II 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
COM 337 Music Production for Mass Media 3
COM 400 Senior Seminar Communication 3
COM 434 Advanced Radio Production 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Economics

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
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MTH 120 Introduction to Applied Statistics 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
ECO 211 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
History Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ECO 210 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Literature Elective 3
Science Elective (BIO/PHY) 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3
Economics Elective 3
Economics Elective 3
Science Elective with Lab (BIO/PHY) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
Economics Elective 3
Economics Elective 3
Economics Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
Economics Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / English Literature

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
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Science Elective (BIO or PHY) 3
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
ENG 240 Methods of Literary Analysis 3
ENG 250 Literary History I 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ENG 251 Literary History II 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Science Elective with Lab (BIO or PHY) 4
General Studies Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
ENG 300 Level Course (Lang & Ling/Historical Survey Category) 3
ENG 300 Level Course (Lang & Ling/Historical Survey Category) 3
ENG 300 Level Course (Genre/Theoretical/Sub-Genre Category) 3
English Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
ENG 300 Level Course (Lang & Ling/Historical Survey Category) 3
ENG 300 Level Course (Lang & Ling/Historical Survey Category) 3
ENG 300 Level Course (Genre/Theoretical/Sub-Genre Category) 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 2
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
ENG 300 or 400 Level Course (Any Category) 3
ENG 400 Level Course (Seminar Category) 3
ENG 400 Level Course (Any Category) 3
English Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / English Writing

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
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ENG 206 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
Science Elective (BIO or PHY) 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
ENG 240 Methods of Literary Analysis 3
ENG 250 Literary History I 3
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ENG 251 Literary History II 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
ENG 300 Level Writing/Genre Course 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Science Elective with a Lab (BIO or PHY) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
ENG 300 Level Literature Course 3
ENG 300 Level Writing/Genre Course 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ENG 300 Level Writing/Genre Course 3
ENG 300 Level Literature Course 3
ENG 300 Level Writing/Genre Course 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
ENG 300 Level Writing Course 3
ENG 300 Level Writing Course 3
ENG 400 Level Writing Course 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Environmental Science

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
BIO 115 Principles of Biology I 4
BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab 0
ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 4
ENV 100L Introduction to Environmental Sciences Lab 0
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 1 4
Technology Elective 1
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
BIO 116 Principles of Biology II 4
BIO 116L Principles of Biology II Lab 0
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
GEO 100 Earth Systems Science 3
GEO 102 Earth Materials and Processes Lab 1
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
ENV 200 Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences 4
ENV 220 Weather and Climate Change 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
GEO 350 Soil and Surficial Processes 4
Group A, B, or C Environmental Science Elective 3 3-4
 Semester Credit Hours17-18
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
PHY 100 Principles of Physics I 3
PHY 100L Principles of Physics I Lab 1
ENV 205 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
BIO 350 General Ecology 4
Techology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
BCH 225 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4
GEO 350
Soil and Surficial Processes
or Hydrology and Water Resources
4
Group A, B, or C Environmental Science Elective 3 3-4
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17-18
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
GEO 407 Hydrology and Water Resources 4
Group A, B, or C Environmental Science Elective 3 3-4
Fine Arts Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours19-20
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation134-137

 Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Fine Arts (Art)

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
ART 103 Fundamentals of Drawing 3
ART 104 Survey of Art History I 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ART 105 Design 3
ART 204 Fundamentals of Painting 3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ART 305 Intermediate Painting A-B-C 3
Dance History Elective 3
History Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
Music History Elective 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
ART 106 Survey of Art History II 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
ART 304 Drawing II 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Art Elective 3
Theater History Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
ART 492 Advanced Studio Workshop 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

 Academic Plan for Elementary Education / French

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
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Foreign Language 1 3
History Elective 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
Foreign Language 1 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
LIT 250 Masterworks of Western Literature I 3
Beginning Language Level I 3
Chinese I  
German I  
Spanish I  
Fine Arts Elective 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
300 or 400 Level French Elective 3 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 4 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 4 3
Beginning Language Level II 3
Chinese II  
German II  
Spanish II  
LIT 251 Masterworks of Western Literature II 3
300 or 400 Level French Elective 3 3
300 or 400 Level French Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 5 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 5 3
FRE 305 An Introduction to French Literature 3
Intermediate Language Level I or General Studies Elective 2 3
Chinese III  
German III  
Spanish III  
300 or 400 Level French Elective 3 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
Intermediate Language Level II or General Studies Elective 2 3
Chinese IV  
German IV  
Spanish IV  
General Studies Elective 2 2
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Technology Elective 1
300 or 400 Level French Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
FRE 490 Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression (or Senior Thesis) 3
300 or 400 Level French Elective 3 3
300 or 400 Level French Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Geosciences

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
MAR 120 Oceanography 3
MAR 121 Introductory Oceanography Lab 1
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 1 4
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
GEO 100 Earth Systems Science 3
GEO 102 Earth Materials and Processes Lab 1
History Elective 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
ENV 200 Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences 4
MAR 210 Marine Life through Time 4
Literature Elective 3
Techology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
GEO 310 Structural Geology 4
GEO 350
Soil and Surficial Processes
or Hydrology and Water Resources
4
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
ENV 205 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
PHY 100 Principles of Physics I 3
PHY 100L Principles of Physics I Lab 1
Major Elective 4 3
Techology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
GEO 305 Petrology and Petrography 4
GEO 350
Soil and Surficial Processes
or Hydrology and Water Resources
4
Major Elective 4 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Summer Semester
An approved geology field camp (not offered at Rider) 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
GEO 201 Elements of Mineralogy 4
GEO 306 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation131

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Global Studies

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
GLS 180 Understanding Global Relations 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
GLS 200 The Social Construction of Global Society 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
GLS 201 Politics of the Global Economy 3
GLS 215 Global Politics 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Literature Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
Global Cultures and Global Society Elective 3
Global Studies Elective 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Global Studies Elective 3
International Communications and Processes Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
Critical Global Issues Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Global Studies Elective 3
Global Studies Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 2 2
Global Studies Elective 3
Global Studies Elective 3
Senior Capstone Seminar 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Graphic Design

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
COM 105 Communication, Culture and Media 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 107 Writing for the Media 3
COM 131 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
COM 106 Writing for the Communication Professions 3
COM 212 Digital Publication Design 3
COM 264 Intro to Media Convergence 3
COM 262 Graphic Imaging for Digital Media 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 3
Fall Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Drawing  
Design  
Photography  
COM 263 History and Principles of Graphic Design 3
COM 360 Advanced Publication Design and Presentation 3
COM 366 Project Management in Graphic Design 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
COM 301 Communication Law 3
COM 462 Advanced Graphic Design and Portfolio 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Literature Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
COM 302 Communication Ethics 3
COM 400 Senior Seminar Communication 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

 Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Health Sciences

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
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 1 4
BIO 115 Principles of Biology I 4
BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab 0
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
Technology Elective 1
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
BIO 116 Principles of Biology II 4
BIO 116L Principles of Biology II Lab 0
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
BIO 260 Principles of Biology: Evolution, Diversity, and Biology of Cells 4
BIO 260L Principle of Biology: Cells Lab 0
BNS 250 Biostatistics 4
BNS 250L Biostatistics Lab 0
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
SOC 101 Sociological Imagination 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
Category I Elective 2 3-4
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
History Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Year 3
Fall Semester
BIO 221 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 221L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 0
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
HTH 205 Introduction to Health Care 3
Category II Elective 5 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
BIO 222 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 222L Human Anatomy & Phys II Lab 0
HTH 215 Population Health Care Management 3
PHL 304 Medical Ethics 3
PSY 345 Health Psychology 3
SOC 346 Health Care and Society 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
Category I Elective 2 3-4
Category II Elective 5 4
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Seminar Capstone in Health Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours19-20
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
GLS 325 Global Perspectives on Health and Illness 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation134-136

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / History

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
HIS 150 World History to 1500 3
HIS 160 Seminar in History 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
HIS 151 World History Since 1500 3
HIS 180
U.S. History I
or U.S. History II
3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
HIS 190
Europe to 1715
or Europe Since 1715
3
200 Level History Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Literature Elective 3
Science Elective with a Lab (bio/phy) 4
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 4 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 4 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Technology Elective 1
200 Level History Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 5 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 5 3
HIS 260 Craft of History 3
200 Level History Elective 3
200 Level History Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
300 Level History Elective 3
300 Level History Elective or HIS 491 3
General Studies Elective 3 2
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
HIS 460
Research Seminar
or Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression
3
300 Level History Elective or HIS 491 3
300 Level History Elective or HIS 491 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Integrated Sciences and Mathematics:  Earth Sciences Concentration

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
ISM 100 Introduction to the Integrated Sciences and Math 4
Select one of the following: 1 3-4
Finite Mathematics  
Algebra and Trigonometry  
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
Fine Arts Elective 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
GEO 100 Earth Systems Science 3
GEO 102 Earth Materials and Processes Lab 1
Select one of the following: 4
Algebra and Trigonometry  
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
Calculus III  
Discrete Mathematics  
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
Select one of the following: 4
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
Calculus III  
Inquiry-based Science Course 2 4
Life Sciences Concentration Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
MTH 212
Calculus III
or Discrete Mathematics
4
Earth Sciences Concentration Elective 4
General Studies Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 5 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 5 3
MAR 120 Oceanography 3
MAR 121 Introductory Oceanography Lab 1
Earth Sciences Concentration Elective 4
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
Earth Sciences Concentration Elective 4
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 1
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
ISM 410 Seminar in the Integrated Sciences and Math 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Inquiry-based Science Elective 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126-127

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Integrated Sciences and Mathematics:  Life Sciences Concentration

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
ISM 100 Introduction to the Integrated Sciences and Math 4
Select one of the following: 1 3-4
Finite Mathematics  
Algebra and Trigonometry  
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
Select one of the following: 4
Algebra and Trigonometry  
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
Calculus III  
Discrete Mathematics  
Fine Arts Elective 3
Inquiry-based Science Course 2 4
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab 0
BIO 115 Principles of Biology I 4
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
Select one of the following: 4
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
Calculus III  
History Elective 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
BIO 116 Principles of Biology II 4
BIO 116L Principles of Biology II Lab 0
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
MTH 212
Calculus III
or Discrete Mathematics
4
Life Sciences Contentration Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 4 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Inquiry-based Science Course 2 4
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
Life Sciences Concentration Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
ISM 410 Seminar in the Integrated Sciences and Math 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
Life Sciences Concentration Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation125-126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Integrated Sciences and Mathematics:  Mathematics Concentration

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
ISM 100 Introduction to the Integrated Sciences and Math 4
MTH 102 Finite Mathematics 1, 2 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 4
Fine Arts Elective 3
History Elective 3
Inquiry-based Science Course 3 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 210 Calculus I 4
Inquiry-based Science Course 3 4
Social Science Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 4 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 4 3
MTH 230 Discrete Mathematics 4
General Studies Elective 5 2-3
Mathematics Concentration Elective 4
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 6 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 6 3
MTH 211 Calculus II 4
MTH 240 Linear Algebra 3
Technology Elective 1
General Studies Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
MTH 212 Calculus III 4
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 2-3
Mathematics Concentration Elective 4
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 7 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 7 3
ISM 410 Seminar in the Integrated Sciences and Math 3
Mathematics Concentration Elective 4
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 8 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126-128

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Integrated Sciences and Mathematics:  Physical Sciences Concentration

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
ISM 100 Introduction to the Integrated Sciences and Math 4
Select one of the following: 1 3-4
Finite Mathematics  
Algebra and Trigonometry  
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
Select one of the following: 4
Algebra and Trigonometry  
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
Calculus III  
Discrete Mathematics  
Inquiry-based Science Course 2 4
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 210
Calculus I
or Calculus II
4
Fine Arts Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
MTH 212
Calculus III
or Discrete Mathematics
4
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
PHY 200 General Physics I 4
PHY 200L General Physics I Lab 0
Inquiry-based Science Course 2 4
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 4
Exploration of Chemical Principles  
Matter, Forces, and Energy: A Exploration of Physics Concepts  
Select one of the following: 4
Organic Chemistry I  
General Physics II  
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
ISM 410 Seminar in the Integrated Sciences and Math 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126-127

 Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Journalism

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
COM 105 Communication, Culture and Media 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 102 Introduction to News Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 131 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
COM 264 Intro to Media Convergence 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
COM 204 Advanced Speech Communication 3
COM 210 News Reporting and Writing 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Literature Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
COM 211 Copy Editing 3
COM 212 Digital Publication Design 3
COM 215 Computer Assisted Reporting 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
COM 301 Communication Law 3
COM 316 Feature Writing 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Journalism Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
COM 302 Communication Ethics 3
COM 400 Senior Seminar Communication 3
COM 415 In-Depth Reporting 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 3 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126


Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Liberal Studies:  Environmental Emphasis

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
BIO 115 Principles of Biology I 4
BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab 0
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 4
ENV 100L Introduction to Environmental Sciences Lab 0
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 1 4
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
BIO 116 Principles of Biology II 4
BIO 116L Principles of Biology II Lab 0
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
GEO 100
Earth Systems Science
or Environmental Geology
3
GEO 102 Earth Materials and Processes Lab 1
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
ENV 200 Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences 4
ENV 200L Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences Lab 0
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
History Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
ENV 220 Weather and Climate Change 3
GEO 350
Soil and Surficial Processes
or Hydrology and Water Resources
4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
ENV 205 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
PHY 100 Principles of Physics I 3
PHY 100L Principles of Physics I Lab 1
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
GEO 350
Soil and Surficial Processes
or Hydrology and Water Resources
4
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
Group A Elective 4
Group B Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
General Studies Elective 4 1
General Studies Elective 4 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Liberal Studies:  Marine Ecological Emphasis

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
MAR 120 Oceanography 3
MAR 121 Introductory Oceanography Lab 1
BIO 115 Principles of Biology I 4
BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab 0
MTH 105
Algebra and Trigonometry 1
or Calculus I
4
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
GEO 100 Earth Systems Science 3
GEO 102 Earth Materials and Processes Lab 1
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
BIO 272 Intro to Marine Biology 3
BIO 272L Marine Biology Laboratory 1
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
MAR 401 Marine Ecology 4
Fine Arts Elective 3
Major Elective 3 3-4
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
ENV 200 Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences 4
ENV 200L Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences Lab 0
PHY 100 Principles of Physics I 3
PHY 100L Principles of Physics I Lab 1
General Studies Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
Literature Elective 3
Major Elective 3 3-4
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
Summer Semester
MAR 380 The Learning and Teaching of Marine Science 4
 Semester Credit Hours4
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
MAR 210 Marine Life through Time 4
General Studies Elective 5 3
General studies Elective 5 1
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126-128

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Marine Science

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
BIO 115 Principles of Biology I 4
BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab 0
MAR 120 Oceanography 3
MAR 121 Introductory Oceanography Lab 1
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 1 4
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
GEO 100 Earth Systems Science 3
GEO 102 Earth Materials and Processes Lab 1
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
ENV 200 Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences 4
ENV 200L Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences Lab 0
BIO 272 Intro to Marine Biology 3
BIO 272L Marine Biology Laboratory 1
Fine Arts Elective 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2psy 230 3
History Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
PHY 100 Principles of Physics I 3
PHY 100L Principles of Physics I Lab 1
GEO 306 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
GEO 306L Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Lab 0
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
MAR 330 Chemical Oceanography 4
MAR 330L Chemical Oceanography Lab 0
MAR 410 Physical Oceanography 3
PHY 101 Principles of Physics II 3
PHY 101L Principles of Physics II Lab 1
Literature Elective 3
Major Elective 4 4
 Semester Credit Hours18
Summer Semester
Select one of the following: 4
Introduction to Field Marine Science: Subtropical Environments  
Introduction to Field Marine Science: Boreal Environments  
Introduction to Field Marine Science: Tropical Environments  
 Semester Credit Hours4
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
MAR 340 Marine Processes and Environments: Seminar 3
MAR 401 Marine Ecology 4
MAR 401L Marine Ecology Lab 0
Major Elective 4 3-4
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation132-133

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Mathematics

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
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
MTH 210 Calculus I 1 4
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
MTH 211 Calculus II 4
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Social Science Elective 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
MTH 212 Calculus III 4
MTH 240 Linear Algebra 3
PHY 200 General Physics I 4
PHY 200L General Physics I Lab 0
Literature Elective 3
Technology Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
MTH 250 Differential Equations 3
MTH 315 Modern Geometry 3
PHY 201 General Physics II 4
PHY 201L General Physics II Lab 0
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
MTH 308 Advanced Calculus 3
MTH 340 Probability & Statistical Analysis I 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MTH 410 Complex Analysis 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 1
General Studies Elective 4 3
Upper Level Mathematics Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
MTH 401 Modern Algebra 3
Upper Level Mathematics Elective 5 3
Upper Level Mathematics Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Music Studies

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
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
MUS 105 Survey of Music History I 3
MUS 131 Beginning Piano I 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MUS 106 Survey of Music History II 3
MUS 110 Music Theory I 3
MUS 110L Music Theory I Lab 1
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
MUS 111 Music Theory II 3
MUS 111L Music Theory II Lab 1
Art History Elective 3
History Elective 3
Music History Elective 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Music History Elective 3
Music Ensemble 1
Social Science Elective 3
Theater History Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
Music Ensemble 1
Music History Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Dance History Elective 3
Music Ensemble 1
Music History Elective 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
Literature Elective 3
Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Philosophy

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
HIS 150 World History to 1500 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
PHL 100 Plato and Aristotle 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PHL 115 Ethics 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
PHL 210 Symbolic Logic 3
Philosophy Elective 3
Science Elective with Lab (BIO or PHY) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
PHL 225 Modern Philosophy 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Philosophy Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
Technology Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
Philosophy 300 Level Elective 3
Philosophy 300 Level Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
PHL 494 Preparation and Research for Senior Philosophy Thesis 1
Philosophy 300 Level Elective 3
Philosophy 300 Level Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 1
Science Elective (BIO or PHY) 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
PHL 495 Senior Philosophy Thesis 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Philosophy 400 Level Seminar (PHL 402 or PHL 404 or PHL 406 or PHL 408) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Political Science

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
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 1 3
POL 102 Understanding Politics 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
POL 100 Introduction to American Politics 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Science Elective with lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Political Thinkers & Thought  
Modern Democracy and Its Critics  
Freedom and Authority  
American Political Thought I  
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
POL 202 The Political System - Theories and Themes 3
Choose one of the following: 3
U.S. Constitutional Law  
Civil Liberties in the U.S.  
Public Administration  
Power in American Politics  
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Literature Elective 3
Technology Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Race and Ethnicity in American Politics  
Political Parties and Electoral Behavior  
Congressional Politics  
American Presidency  
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Political Science Elective (any level) 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
POL 491 Internship in Political Science 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Comparative Political Systems  
Politics of the Middle East  
Third World Politics  
Communist Systems: Politics and Policies  
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 2
Upper-level Political Science Elective 3
Upper-level Political Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Global Politics  
Nationalism in World Politics  
International Law  
The Arab-Israeli Conflict  
POL 450 Seminar in Poltical Science 3
Upper-level Political Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Psychology

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
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 105 Introduction to Research in Psychology 3
200 Level Psychology Course 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
PSY 201 Statistics and Research Design 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Literature Core 3
Science Elective with Lab (BIO / PHY) 4
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
200 Level Psychology Course 3
300 Level Psychology Course 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
200 Level Psychology Course 3
300 Level Psychology Course 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
300 Level Psychology Research Methods Course with Lab 4
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Science Elective (BIO / PHY) 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
300 Level Psychology Course 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

 Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Public Relations

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
COM 105 Communication, Culture and Media 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 107 Writing for the Media 3
COM 131 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
COM 264 Intro to Media Convergence 3
COM 204 Advanced Speech Communication 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Literature Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
COM 212 Digital Publication Design 3
COM 240 Public Relations 3
COM 301 Communication Law 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
COM 302 Communication Ethics 3
COM 316 Feature Writing 3
COM 348 Communication Research Methods 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
Public Relations Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 4
Fall Semester
COM 341 Publicity Methods 3
COM 400 Senior Seminar Communication 3
COM 440 Cases & Campaigns in Public Relations 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
General Studies Elective 4 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Sociology

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
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
SOC 101 Sociological Imagination 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
History Elective 3
Science Elective (BIO or PHY) 3
SOC 201 Intro Seminar in Sociology 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
One of 6 required Sociology Electives 3
One of 6 required Sociology Electives 3
Technology Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Literature Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (BIO or PHY) 4
One of 6 required Sociology Electives 3
One of 6 required Sociology Electives 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
SOC 314 Social Theory 3
One from list of 300-level Sociology courses 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
SOC 301 Methods of Sociological Research 3
General Studies Elective 4 2
General Studies Elective 4 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
One of 6 required Sociology Electives 3
One from list of 300-level Sociology courses 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
SOC 400 Senior Seminar 3
General Studies Elective 4 3
One of 6 required Sociology Electives 3
One from list of 300-level Sociology courses 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Spanish

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
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPA 200 Spanish III 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
SPA 201 Spanish IV 3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
SPA 310
Spanish Culture & Civilization
or Latin American Latino Culture
3
History Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
Science Elective (BIO / PHY) 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
SPA 300
Advanced Grammar & Composition
or Writing and Translating
3
SPA 320 Introduction to Spanish Literature 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Technology Elective 1
Science Elective with Lab (BIO/PHY)) 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
SPA 325 Introduction to Latin-American/Latino Literature 3
SPA 301
Spanish for Business
or Advanced Communication in Spanish
3
CHI, FRE, or GER 101 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
CHI, FRE, or GER 200 3
LIT 250 Masterworks of Western Literature I 3
SPA 420 From Colonies to Nations 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
LIT 251 Masterworks of Western Literature II 3
SPA 426
Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction
or The Spanish Golden Age
3
SPA 305
Cervantes
or The Spanish Golden Age
3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 2 2
General Studies Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall Semester
EDU 420 Teaching a Second Language 5 3
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
SPA 410
Modern Hispanic Poetry
or Modern Spanish Novel
or Hispanic Theater and Film
or The Hispanic Short Story: Transatlantic Connections
3
SPA 490 Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Theater Studies

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
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
THE 107 Acting I: Intro to Acting 3
THE 111 Theatre Lab 0
THE 115 Stagecraft 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
THE 111 Theatre Lab 0
History Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
Theater Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
THE 111 Theatre Lab 0
Literature Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
Social Science Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
Theater Elective 2 3
Theater Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
THE 111 Theatre Lab 0
THE 240 Script Analysis 3
Technology Elective 1
Theater Elective 2 3
Theater Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
THE 105 Theatre History to 1700 3
THE 111 Theatre Lab 0
General Studies Elective 5 3
Theater Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
THE 106 Theater History Since 1700 3
THE 111 Theatre Lab 0
Choose one elective from the following: 3
Art
 
Dance
 
Music
 
Music Theater
 
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
THE 111 Theatre Lab 0
THE 400 Directing 3
Choose one elective from the following: 3
Art
 
Dance
 
Music
 
Music Theater
 
General Studies Elective 5 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Academic Plan for Elementary Education / Web Design

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
COM 103
Introduction to Communication Studies: Theory & Practice
or Communication, Culture and Media
3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors I 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
COM 107 Writing for the Media 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
COM 131 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
COM 106 Writing for the Communication Professions 3
COM 261 Introduction to Web Design 3
COM 264 Intro to Media Convergence 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Literature Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 3
Fall Semester
COM 212 Digital Publication Design 3
COM 301 Communication Law 3
COM 364 Web Design II 3
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
COM 302 Communication Ethics 3
COM 360 Advanced Publication Design and Presentation 3
COM 460 Web Design III 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 5 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 5 3
COM 400 Senior Seminar Communication 3
General Studies Elective 3 2
Web Design Elective 3
Web Design Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation126

Courses and Descriptions

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 Study: Research and Creative Expression 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.

ECE 200 Infant and Toddler Care and Education 3 Credits

Focuses on nutritional and psychological influences on infant, and toddler growth and development, inclusive of current research in infant development; childbirth; breast feeding; infant simulation; intellectual development; attachment behavior; and infants in group care. Recognizing that there is increased demand for infant/toddler care, it is increasingly important to assure that America’s infants receive a safe, healthy, emotionally secure, and intellectually rich start in life. High quality care and education of very young children are based upon responsive and respectful relationships among all of the people in each child’s life.

ECE 332 Families, Community, and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3 Credits

This course addresses the role of parents of young children within the context of school, home and society, as well as the influence of culture, traditions and current issues in early childhood education. Students will explore the efficacy of parenting techniques and behaviors on child development in the early years, including cognitive growth, emotional and social well-being and physical health. Students will investigate strategies for fostering home-school partnerships that enhance child development and educational success, as well as the influence of community, culture and socio-economic status on families and schools throughout our world. In addition, this course addresses current issues and challenges in the early childhood profession including inclusion of children with special needs, advocacy for quality care and education for all young children, and any other subject that might arise - either from the lives of children and families, teachers’ professional development, or community agencies. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

ECE 450 Developmental Methods and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3 Credits

The focus of this course is developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum and teaching P-3 settings as delineated in the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Students will learn how to make curriculum and teaching decisions based on knowledge of child development, content area, curriculum content standards, and home and community cultures. In order to meet the ever-changing needs, interests, and growing strengths of individual children, careful observation and assessment provides teachers with information on which to base adjustments of teaching plans. This course will provide opportunities to deepen understanding of child development; gain an appreciation for the professional responsibility of ongoing assessment of children; and, develop the necessary skills to gather, record, and interpret information in a deliberate and reflective manner. Required: 6 hours per week field placement in a Preschool classroom. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

EDE 200 Effective Classroom Management 3 Credits

Issues of classroom management often pose the biggest challenges for novice teachers. However, with the proper training many of these obstacles can be prevented, which results in more time spent on effective instruction. This course is based on two premises: (1) that most problems of classroom order can be prevented through the use of effective, research-based classroom management strategies, positive teacher-student relationships, and engaging instruction; and (2) that the goal of classroom management is the development of an environment conducive to both academic and social emotional learning. Given these premises, the course focuses not on disciplinary interventions designed to control students, but on ways of preventing disruptive behavior, creating a peaceful, caring community, resolving conflicts, and meeting the needs of diverse students through the use of effective motivational and instructional strategies. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

EDE 225 Guided Field Experience in K-12 Classrooms 3 Credits

This is a field-based course in which students will spend an intensive three-week term in a designated school setting, mediated by University faculty. Students will participate in the daily routines of elementary, middle, or secondary schools. Field-site teachers will mentor students by articulating decisions that they make regarding classroom instruction and assessment. Students will meet regularly in seminar to analyze and discuss issues related to teaching and learning. This course will be offered J-Term, Summer I or other three week period.

EDE 226 Teaching and Managing in the Urban Classroom 3 Credits

This course focuses on teaching and managing K-12 classrooms in urban settings. Through four weeks of on-line instruction, students will learn key principles of classroom management and examine foundational issues that can underpin educational inequality, such as racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity, poverty, high student mobility and frequent teacher turnover. The course culminates with the Philadelphia Urban Seminar, a two-week residential experience (mediated by Rider University faculty) that includes ten days of intensive field experience in central Philadelphia classrooms, weekday seminars with faculty, and historical/cultural experiences and community service project activities on the weekend.

EDE 306 Thinking Critically with Data 1 Credits

This course will help students develop the kinds of data literacy skills needed for success in teaching. It will focus on five related that teachers need: (1) finding the relevant pieces of data in the data system or display available to them (data location); (2) understanding what the data signify (data comprehension); (3) figuring out what the data mean (data interpretation); (4) selecting an instructional approach that addresses the situation identified through the data (instructional decision making); (5).

EDE 307 Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms 1 Credits

This course offers an in-depth look at assessment to meet the need of 21st century teaching and learning. Students learn how to plan, develop, interpret, and manage valid assessments of student learning. Students will learn the following assessment-related skills and understandings: (1) the purpose of assessment in 21st century classrooms; (2), basics of assessments: reliability and validity; formative and summative assessment; alignment of assessments with objectives; and determining what can (what cannot) be reliably and validly assessed; (3) basics of rubric development; (4) holistic scoring; (5) assessment of critical thinking skills in diverse domains; (6) assesment of creativity in diverse domains. The course will be taught online.

EDE 375 Applications for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 4-5 1 Credits

This course will provide students the experience to share and learn about the practical applications of teaching mathematics to the 4th and 5th grade children as they are based on the field site classrooms of these grades. Students complete reflections about their work with mathematics and their observations of their cooperating teachers’ lessons. The developmental aspect of math skills will be reviewed, looking at the Learning Progressions that are the basis for the new Common CORE State Standards. This course will provide an opportunity for students to have guidance in the teaching and learning of mathematics in the upper elementary grades. Upon completion of this course, students should have the knowledge, skills and confidence to meet the needs of all students, K-6. Prerequisite(s): ELD 375.

Corequisite(s): ELD 376 or ELD 308 or as prerequisite.

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 106: 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.

ELD 128 Developing Mathematical Ideas for Elementary School Teachers 1 Credits

Prospective teachers will examine the mathematics content and curriculum that is taught in grades K-6, focusing upon the multi-layered aspects of the topics that successful elementary teachers need to understand profoundly in order to provide appropriate instruction. There will be a series of topics selected from those that have historically been especially difficult for teachers to thoroughly understand at the depth needed to teach effectively. Some of the topics may vary each semester.

ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3 Credits

This course is needed to meet the requirements for the specialized endorsement in Early Childhood. The course establishes a solid foundation of knowledge about literacy in the early years and dispels myths regarding readiness to read and write. In addition, the course contains the foundational aspects of literacy, including the relationship between oral language and literacy, the linguistic foundation of literacy, and the social contexts of literacy learning. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

ELD 308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 3 Credits

Explores current understanding of the fields of reading/language arts from the perspectives of theory and practice. Students write lesson plans, critique methods of instruction and assessment and develop a portfolio of an individual student from their field site. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206; ELD 307.

ELD 350 Early Adolescence 1 Credits

This course will focus on common dilemmas faced by young people as they move from childhood into adolescence. It will examine age-related differences between children and adolescents and consider ways to create stimulating environments that fit this developmental transition. Representations of adolescence in the media and in research will be compared, including common stereotypes. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

ELD 355 Teaching in the Inclusive Middle School Classroom 1 Credits

This course will highlight the legal and ethical responsibilities of general education teachers in the middle school classroom. The special education process will be discussed and methods to address special needs in the classroom will be shared. Strategies to differentiate instruction and work collaboratively with school community members will help pre-service teachers develop and implement effective instruction that meets diverse needs in the middle school inclusive classroom.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206 and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

ELD 360 Structure and Culture of Middle School Classroom 1 Credits

This course focuses on the teaching of those concepts critical to the understanding of the structure and culture of middle school education. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 3 Credits

This course focuses on the teaching of mathematics that is developmentally appropriate for students from nursery to grade eight. In keeping with ACET, NAEYC, and NCTM Standards, emphasis is placed on planning for and implementing an integrated curriculum approach, discovery learning, hands-on experience, theme cycles, use of technology, and traditional and non-traditional assessment strategies. Field experiences will consist of classroom observations and teaching individuals and/or small groups of students. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206, MTH 102 or MTH 105 or MTH 210.

ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 3 Credits

This course focuses on methods and materials of instruction in science, social studies, and the arts that are developmentally appropriate for students in preschool through grade six (based on NCSS, NSTA, and NAEA Standards). Emphasis is placed on an integrated approach to curriculum, with lesson and unit planning activities that incorporate hands-on-experiences, discovery learning and traditional and non-traditional assessment strategies. Field experience will consist of observation and analysis of classroom instruction and the teaching of lessons to individual and/or small groups of children. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): ELD 307 and ELD 375.

ELD 380 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School 3 Credits

This course focuses on the teaching of mathematics that is developmentally appropriate for students in grades six through eight. In keeping with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards, emphasis is placed on planning for and implementing an inquiry-based approach, hands-on experience, use of technology, and traditional and non-traditional assessment. Field experiences will consist of observations and teaching to individuals, small groups and whole classes of students. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

ELD 385 Teaching Science in the Middle School 3 Credits

This course focuses on the teaching of sciences that is developmentally appropriate for students in grades six through eight. In keeping with the National Science Education Standards, emphasis is placed on planning for and implementing an inquiry-based approach, hands-on experiences, use of technology and traditional and non-traditional assessment strategies. Field experiences will consist of observations and teaching to individuals, small groups and whole classes of students. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

ELD 390 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School 3 Credits

This course focuses on the teaching of social studies that is developmentally appropriate for students in grades six through eight. Its focus will explore understanding of United States history, geography and civics from the perspective of the middle school. The course emphasizes the ten themes of social studies as developed by the National Council for the Social Studies. In addition to the facts, concepts and generalizations encompassed by the ten themes, the course works with academic, social, thinking and citizenship skills. The required, intensive field experience in a middle school promotes direct application of the concepts, skills and dispositions addressed in the course. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

ELD 395 Literacy Learning in the Middle School 3 Credits

This course focuses on the teaching of literacy that is developmentally appropriate for students in grades six through eight. It explores processes in reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing, relationships among the language arts and other subject areas, and the development of critical literacy and cognitive strategies. The intense field experience in a middle school promotes direct application of the concepts, skills and dispositions addressed in the course. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

ELD 490 Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression 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 approved by the student’s department and academic dean. The number of semester hour’s credit to be assigned is determined by the department.

SPE 201 Foundations in Special Education and Inclusive Practice 3 Credits

This course emphasizes the foundations of special education and introduces students to inclusive practice. Philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of special education and characteristics of students with disabilities will be examined. Students will learn the components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), how to adapt learning environments and curricular materials, as well as how to select and implement modifications for students with disabilities. Inclusive educational practices including communication, coteaching, and collaborative partnerships will be addressed through case studies and fieldwork.

Prerequisite(s): A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

SPE 202 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Low-Incidence Disabilities 3 Credits

This course is designed to examine the characteristics of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and strategies to support their academic, communication, and social/behavioral growth, including the use of assistive technology and positive behavioral supports. Methods and strategies for ASD and other low incidence disabilities will be explored. Through active participation in class and field sites, students will become aware of the various social issues related to family, education, transition, community resources and work experiences of individuals with these disabilities. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 30 weekday field hours in addition to regularly scheduled class hours.

Prerequisite(s): A cumulative GPA of 2.75 and SPE 201.

SPE 210 Global Encounters 3 Credits

This course is an international learning experience focused on exploring educational opportunities in the United States and abroad. Students will study the history, policy and practice of special education in the United States and compare it with another country and culture first hand, through lectures, school visits and reflection. Current strategies and challenges of educators and families supporting individuals with disabilities will be examined. Through this cross-cultural experience, students will broaden perspectives and develop cultural awareness, knowledge, and understanding of diversity. This course is open to all students and disciplines. There are no prerequisites.

SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3 Credits

This online course is designed to introduce preservice general education teachers students to special education and the inclusive classroom. Students will explore current issues and practices in special education. Assignments and activities will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills to design and manage the instructional environment for diverse learners in inclusive and classroom setting. Attitudes and behaviors that influence children with special needs will be addressed. A cumulative gpa of 2.75 is required. Prereqisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

SPE 303 Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities 3 Credits

This course will emphasize the relationship between assessment and instructional design and implementation. Coursework includes the evaluation, selection, development, and adaptation of standardized, normreferenced, and functional assessments, such as a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Ecological Assessment. Strategies to support literacy instruction for students with disabilities will be examined. Transition planning, program development, and agencies available to support students with disabilities and their families will be explored. This course requires a field experience in order to help students apply theory to practice.

Prerequisite(s): A cumulative GPA of 2.75 and SPE 201.

SPE 304 Assessment and Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom 3 Credits

This course will emphasize assessment, planning, and instructional design to maximize the learning of all students, including those with exceptional learning needs, in the inclusive classroom. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners. Organization of learning environments and the collaborative process, including co-teaching models, will be utilized to design a long-term unit plan. This course requires a field experience in order to help students apply theory to practice.

Prerequisite(s): A cumulative GPA of 2.75 and SPE 201.

SPE 305 Assessment and Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 Credits

Through this course, teacher candidates will learn both theories related to teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as best practices in the classroom related to academic instruction, as well as emotional, behavioral, and communicative interventions. This course also includes a field component, in which teacher candidates are expected to complete 10 hours of observation in a classroom with students with ASD. The course begins by examining the characteristics of the disability, causes, early warning signs, diagnostic procedures, and early intervention practices. Specific practices related to instruction and intervention as well as how to best structure a classroom for students will be examined. Teacher candidates will receive instruction in a variety of strategies and practices, even those that do not yet qualify as EBPs, as well as their theoretical underpinnings. Strategies for communicating effectively and efficiently with parents, as well as the most current and/or special issues in the field will also be discussed. Issues related to post-secondary transition will also be examined. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

SST 300 Historical & Contemporary Issues in the Social Studies 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide education and non-education majors a comprehensive introduction to, and understanding of, social studies knowledge. This knowledge covers a broad array of academic disciplines, including American/World History, Government and Politics, Geography, Economics, and the various behavioral sciences. The course is aimed at engendering a theoretical grasp of the essential elements of these disciplines, as well as a practical understanding of how the content areas exist in both human society and contemporary policies/issues.

TEC 200 Google© Educator Level One Training 3 Credits

This course will provide the skills and knowledge for pre-service teachers in undergraduate education to successfully take the Google© Educator Level One Exam.

TEC 201 Internet Ethics 1 Credits

This course focuses on using the Internet to explore and reflect on current ethical issues involving technology. These include individual privacy, legal issues such as fair use and copyright laws, and social issues such as bullying and social networking. Students will explore these topics using a variety of search engines and will reflect on the information found in terms of its impact on society as well as its appropriate uses in personal life, education and business. Pass/fail.

TEC 202 Smartboard 1 Credits

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to become familiar with the features and applications of Smartboard, an interactive whiteboard that can be used in classrooms and professional presentations. Students will gain experience using the touch screen and in integrating the features of the program into learning and professional materials. Pass/fail.

TEC 203 Desktop Publishing and Web Page Design 1 Credits

This course provides students with the ability to use desktop publishing software to create materials suitable for use in classrooms, professional settings, and personal use, and with the ability to design web pages. The course is appropriate for anyone who will be involved in designing classroom and student publications and for those who will use web pages in their teaching or personal lives. Discussion will be held on how to use desktop publishing and web page design in elementary and secondary school settings. A project involving application of various desktop publishing and web page design techniques will be completed and demonstrated to the class. Pass/fail.

TEC 204 Electronic Spreadsheets and Classroom Management Software 1 Credits

Basic electronic spreadsheet concepts and applications are taught using a major spreadsheet program. Topics include writing basic formulas, copying formulas, playing “What If,” customizing a worksheet, and printing a spreadsheet. Discussions will be held on how to integrate spreadsheets into elementary and secondary classes and activities. Pass/fail.

TEC 206 Teaching and Presenting with Technology 1 Credits

This course covers designing, planning, and using technology enhanced instruction and presentations. Group assignments will enable students to explore uses of technology to enhance instruction and presentations. Collaboration will be encouraged when discussing the efficient and effective use of technology. Three collaborative group reports will be submitted dealing with discussion questions and chapter topics. Appropriate web sites and programs will be visited. Students will design a final original application that could be used to create motivation and visual learning in a specific classroom or other professional setting related to their major areas of study. Emphasis will be given to technology integration strategies. A final oral presentation of individual projects will be given.

TEC 207 Social Media for Education 3 Credits

Social Media for Education will introduce students to the structure and culture of social media and how social networking applies to the educational environment. This three-credit course will foster a deep understanding of how social media in education can benefit students, teachers, administrators, staff, and stakeholders.

TEC 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.

TEC 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 interaction with the instructor in class and via E-mail. Expertise will be developed as the course progresses.

TEC 309 Instruct Media/Technology Management 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, 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, an 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 interaction with the instructor in class and via E-mail.

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

TEC 404 Assistive and Augmentative Technology for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Disabilities 3 Credits

This course will emphasize the use of assistive technology, augmentative communication modalities, visual supports, and related instructional methods and strategies that maximize the learning of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other exceptional learning needs. Students will learn how to effectively customize materials and adapt learning environments using technology, with a specific focus on individuals with ASD. Students will become familiar with the use of high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech solutions that support the individualized needs of learners.

TEC 490 Independent Research and 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 approved by the student’s department and academic dean. The number of semester hours credit to be assigned is determined by the department.

IND 210 Global Encounters: Special Education Abroad: A Comparative Experience 3 Credits

This course provides students with an exposure to foreign cultures consisting of both travel and study components. Destinations may include countries in Europe, Latin America, or Asia. While traveling, students will be required to attend lecture/discussion sessions, site tours, and other planned activities. This experience will be preceded and/or followed by additional academic work to be conducted on campus. Study topics may include aspects of the historical, social, economic, political, and aesthetic cultural components appropriate to the location(s) visited. The travel component of the course will be scheduled to avoid conflict with normal semester offerings. A travel fee is required. No foreign language skills are required unless otherwise indicated.