Elementary Education with a Concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies

Program Overview

The elementary education program at Rider’s School of Education 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) 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.

The Multidisciplinary Studies concentration seeks to provide students with a broad-based Liberal Arts education in four areas: English, mathematics, science, and history. By combining these different areas of study, students will be able to develop a unique plan of study to achieve their personal and career goals.  In addition to being qualified to teach all four areas in grade kindergarten through 6, students will also accumulate at least 15 credits in one of the four areas so that they will be highly qualified in the state of New Jersey to teach, additionally, in grades 6 through 8 in one particular subject area.  This course of study will enable students to expand their level of certification and thus be marketable to teach at either the elementary or middle school level.

In addition, elementary education majors may also elect to pursue the following endorsements, minors, and certifications: English as a second language/bilingual education, middle school, early childhood, or special education. Please see the Concentration 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)

Related Programs

Elementary education majors pursuing the Multidisciplinary Studies concentration may also elect to pursue the following endorsements, minors, and certifications: English as a second language/bilingual education, middle school, early childhood, or special education. Please see the Concentration Requirements tab on this page for further information on these programs.

Elementary Education General Studies Requirements

(61 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
COM 104Speech Communication3
MTH 150Mathematics for Education Majors, I 13
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
EDU 106Contexts Of Schooling3
EDU 206Developmental Education Psychology3
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Language Elective 13
History Elective3
Literature Elective3
Science Electives (one lab)7
Technology Elective3
NCT 010Freshman Seminar (one Supplemental Education Unit)0
General Studies Electives (varies according to concentration)18
Total Credits61

Professional Education

(31 credits minimum)

Methodology, curriculum and instruction courses, with associated field experiences: 2
ELD 307Emergent Literacy P-33
ELD 375Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms3
ELD 308Fostering Language and Literacy Development3
ELD 376Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-63
ELD 350Early Adolescence1
SPE 300Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers3
Education Elective3
Capstone professional semester of student teaching:
EDU 465Student Teaching and Seminar 312
Total Credits31
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.

2

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

3

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


Multidisciplinary Concentration 

(31 credits minimum)

ENG 236Applied Grammar & Syntax3
MTH 151Mathematics for Education Majors II 13
MTH 152Mathematics for Education Majors III 13
English Literature Elective3
History Elective3
History Elective3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Science Elective with Lab (bio/phy)4
Total Credits31
1

Or other approved Mathematics course.

2

These electives must be used to acquire a total of 15 credits in English, history, science or mathematics.


Concentration Requirements

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


Concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies with an ESL/Bilingual Endorsement

(123 credits minimum)

Elementary Education General Studies Requirements

(46 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
COM 104Speech Communication3
MTH 150Mathematics for Education Majors, I 13
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
EDU 106Contexts Of Schooling3
EDU 206Developmental Education Psychology3
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Language Elective 13
History Elective3
Literature Elective3
Science Electives (one lab)7
Technology Elective3
NCT 010Freshman Seminar0
General Studies Elective (LAS or EDU)3
Total Credits46

Professional Education

(31 credits minimum)

Methodology, curriculum and instruction courses, with associated field experiences: 2
ELD 307Emergent Literacy P-33
ELD 375Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms3
ELD 308Fostering Language and Literacy Development3
ELD 376Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-63
ELD 350Early Adolescence1
SPE 300Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers3
Education Elective3
Capstone professional semester of student teaching:
EDU 465Student Teaching and Seminar 312
Total Credits31
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.

2

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

3

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


Multidisciplinary Concentration 

(31 credits minimum)

ENG 236Applied Grammar & Syntax3
MTH 151Mathematics for Education Majors II 13
MTH 152Mathematics for Education Majors III 13
English Literature Elective3
History Elective3
History Elective3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Science Elective with Lab (bio/phy)4
Total Credits31
1

Or other approved mathematics course.

2

These electives must be used to acquire a total of 15 credits in English, history, science or mathematics.
 


ESL (English as a Second Language) Endorsement

(15 credits minimum)

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
Multicultural Elective3
Total Credits15

Concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies with a minor in Middle School 

(123 credits minimum)

Elementary Education General Studies Requirements

(56 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
COM 104Speech Communication3
MTH 150Mathematics for Education Majors, I3
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
EDU 106Contexts Of Schooling3
EDU 206Developmental Education Psychology3
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Language Elective 13
History Elective3
Literature Elective3
Science Electives (one lab)7
Technology Elective3
NCT 010Freshman Seminar0
General Studies Electives (LAS or EDU)13
Total Credits56

Professional Education

(31 credits minimum)

Methodology, curriculum and instruction courses, with associated field experiences: 2
ELD 307Emergent Literacy P-33
ELD 375Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms3
ELD 308Fostering Language and Literacy Development3
ELD 376Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-63
ELD 350Early Adolescence1
SPE 300Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers3
Education Elective3
Capstone professional semester of student teaching:
EDU 465Student Teaching and Seminar 312
Total Credits31
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.

2

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

3

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


Multidisciplinary Concentration

(31 credits minimum)

ENG 236Applied Grammar & Syntax3
MTH 151Mathematics for Education Majors II 13
MTH 152Mathematics for Education Majors III 13
English Literature Elective3
History Elective3
History Elective3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Science Elective with Lab (bio/phy)4
Total Credits31
1

Or other approved mathematics course.

2

These electives must be used to acquire a total of 15 credits in English, history, science or mathematics. 

Minor in Middle School

(5 credits minimum)

ELD 355Teaching in the Inclusive Middle School Classroom1
ELD 360Structure and Culture of Middle School Classroom1
At least one of the following to coordinate with subject matter specialization: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
Total Credits5

Concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education 

(123 credits minimum))

Elementary Education General Studies Requirements

(49 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
COM 104Speech Communication3
MTH 150Mathematics for Education Majors, I 13
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
EDU 106Contexts Of Schooling3
EDU 206Developmental Education Psychology3
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Language Elective 13
History Elective3
Literature Elective3
Science Electives (one lab)7
Technology Elective3
NCT 010Freshman Seminar0
General Studies Electives6
Total Credits49

Professional Education

(31 credits minimum)

Methodology, curriculum and instruction courses, with associated field experiences: 2
ELD 307Emergent Literacy P-33
ELD 376Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-63
ELD 375Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms3
ELD 308Fostering Language and Literacy Development3
ELD 350Early Adolescence1
SPE 300Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers3
Education Elective3
Capstone professional semester of student teaching:
EDU 465Student Teaching and Seminar 312
Total Credits31
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.

2

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

3

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

Multidisciplinary Concentration 

(31 credits minimum)

ENG 236Applied Grammar & Syntax3
MTH 151Mathematics for Education Majors II 13
MTH 152Mathematics for Education Majors III 13
English Literature Elective3
History Elective3
History Elective3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 23
Science Elective with Lab (bio/phy)4
Total Credits31
1

Or other approved mathematics course.

2

These electives must be used to acquire a total of 15 credits in English, history, science or mathematics. 

Minor in Early Childhood Education

(12 credits minimum)

ECE 200Infant and Toddler Care and Education3
ECE 332Families, Community, and Diversity in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 450Developmental Methods and Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
PSY 230Child Development3
Total Credits12

Concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies with a minor in Special Education

(123 credits minimum)

Elementary Education General Studies Requirements

(43 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
COM 104Speech Communication3
MTH 150Mathematics for Education Majors, I 13
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
EDU 106Contexts Of Schooling3
EDU 206Developmental Education Psychology3
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Language Elective 13
History Elective
Literature Elective3
Science Electives (one lab)7
Technology Elective3
NCT 010Freshman Seminar0
General Studies Elective (LAS or EDU)3
Total Credits43

Professional Education

(28 credits minimum)

Methodology, curriculum and instruction courses with associated field experiences: 2
ELD 307Emergent Literacy P-33
ELD 375Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms3
ELD 308Fostering Language and Literacy Development3
ELD 376Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-63
ELD 350Early Adolescence1
Education Elective3
Capstone professional semester of student teaching:
EDU 465Student Teaching and Seminar 312
Total Credits28
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.

2

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

3

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

Multidisciplinary Concentration 

(31 credits minimum)

ENG 236Applied Grammar & Syntax3
MTH 150Mathematics for Education Majors, I 13
MTH 152Mathematics for Education Majors III 13
English Literature Elective3
History Elective3
History Elective3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective3
Science Elective with lab (bio/phy)4
Total Credits31
1

Or other approved mathematics course.

2

These electives must be used to acquire a total of 15 credits in English, history, science or mathematics. 

Minor in Special Education

(21 credits minimum)

PSY 212Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis3
PSY 237Cognitive Disabilities3
SPE 201Inclusion and Students Disabilities3
SPE 202Society and Inviduals with Disabilites3
SPE 303Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities3
SPE 304Assessment and Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom3
TEC 404Assistive and Augmentative Technology3
Total Credits21

Academic Plans of Study

The following educational plans are 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.



Elementary Education with a Concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors, I 1 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (Fine Arts Elective) 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 151 Mathematics for Education Majors II 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ELD 350 Early Adolescence 1
MTH 152 Mathematics for Education Majors III 3
English Literature Elective 3
History Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
General Studies Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
ENG 236 Applied Grammar & Syntax 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
History Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 4 3
Literature Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Sciene Elective with lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 5 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 5 3
Education Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Liberal arts and Science Elective 4 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
General Studies Elective 2 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation123
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.

2

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

3

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

4

 Any course in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences may be used as a Liberal Arts and Science elective provided the prerequisites have been met.

5

ELD 375 and ELD 375 must be taken concurrently.  Students must pass all sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (Test Code 5751) in order to register for these courses.  

6

ELD 308 and ELD 376 must be taken concurrently in the semester preceding student teaching.

7

Students must have a “C+” or higher in all education courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before enrolling in EDU 465.  In addition, students must present evidence of a passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessments test:  Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test (Test Code 5001) six months prior to Student Teaching (by March 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the fall semester and July 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the spring).


Elementary Education with a concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies with an ESL/Bilingual Endorsement

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors, I 1 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 151 Mathematics for Education Majors II 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
MTH 152 Mathematics for Education Majors III 3
English Literature Elective 3
History Elective 3
Multicultural Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
EDU 320 Introduction to Linguistics and Psycholinguistics 3
ENG 236 Applied Grammar & Syntax 3
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
ELD 350 Early Adolescence 1
History Elective 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 4 3
EDU 358 Literacy and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child 3
Education Elective 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3 3
Technology Elective 1
 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
EDU 420 Teaching a Second Language 3
General Studies Elective 6 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120
1

For proper course placement please visit this website

2

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

3

Any course in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences may be used as a Liberal Arts and Science elective provided the prerequisites have been met.

4

ELD 307 and ELD 375 must be taken concurrently.  Students must pass all sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (Test Code 5751) in order to register for these courses.

5

ELD 308 and ELD 376 must be taken concurrently in the semester preceding student teaching. 

6

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

7

Students must have a “C+” or higher in all education courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before enrolling in EDU 465.  In addition, students must present evidence of a passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessments test:  Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test (Test Code 5001) six months prior to Student Teaching (by March 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the fall semester and July 1 for those students 


Elementary Education with a concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies with a minor in Middle School 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors, I 1 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 151 Mathematics for Education Majors II 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ELD 350 Early Adolescence 1
MTH 152 Mathematics for Education Majors III 3
English Literature Elective 3
History Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 3
ENG 236 Applied Grammar & Syntax 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
History Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 4 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
One course from 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  
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 5 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 5 3
ELD 355 Teaching in the Inclusive Middle School Classroom 1
Education Elective 3
General Studies Elective 2 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 4 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
ELD 360 Structure and Culture of Middle School Classroom 1
General Studies Elective 2 1
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 4 3
Literature Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation123
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.

2

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

3

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

4

Any course in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences may be used as a Liberal Arts and Science elective provided the prerequisites have been met.

5

ELD 307 and ELD 375 must be taken concurrently.  Students must pass all sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (Test Code 5751) in order to register for these courses.  

6

ELD 308 and ELD 376 must be taken concurrently in the semester preceding student teaching.

7

Students must have a “C+” or higher in all education courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before enrolling in EDU 465.  In addition, students must present evidence of a passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessments test:  Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test (Test Code 5001) six months prior to Student Teaching (by March 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the fall semester and July 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the spring).


Elementary Education with a concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors, I 1 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 151 Mathematics for Education Majors II 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ECE 200 Infant and Toddler Care and Education 3
ELD 350 Early Adolescence 1
MTH 152 Mathematics for Education Majors III 3
English Literature Elective 3
History Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
ENG 236 Applied Grammar & Syntax 3
PSY 230 Child Development 3
Literature Elective 3
Technology Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
ECE 332 Families, Community, and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
SPE 300 Inclusive Practices for General Education Teachers 3
History Elective 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 4 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 4 3
Education Elective 3
General Studies Elective 5 3
Technology Elective 1
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
ECE 450 Developmental Methods and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 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 5 3
Liberal arts and Science Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation123
1

For proper course placement please visit this website.

2

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

3

 Any course in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences may be used as a Liberal Arts and Science elective provided the prerequisites have been met.

4

ELD 307 and ELD 375 must be taken concurrently.  Students must pass all sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (Test Code 5751) in order to register for these courses.  

5

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

6

ELD 308 and ELD 376 must be taken concurrently in the semester preceding student teaching.

7

Students must have a “C+” or higher in all education courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before enrolling in EDU 465.  In addition, students must present evidence of a passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessments test:  Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test (Test Code 5001) six months prior to Student Teaching (by March 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the fall semester and July 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the spring). 


Elementary Education with a concentration in Multidisciplinary Studies with a minor in Special Education

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
MTH 150 Mathematics for Education Majors, I 1 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
History Elective 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
COM 104 Speech Communication 3
MTH 151 Mathematics for Education Majors II 3
Foreign Language Elective 1 3
Science Elective (bio/phy) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
ELD 350 Early Adolescence 1
MTH 152 Mathematics for Education Majors III 3
SPE 201 Inclusion and Students Disabilities 3
English Literature Elective 3
History Elective 3
Science Elective with a lab (bio/phy) 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 2 3
EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 2 3
ENG 236 Applied Grammar & Syntax 3
PSY 212 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
History Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
PSY 237 Cognitive Disabilities 3
SPE 202 Society and Inviduals with Disabilites 3
Education Elective 3
General Studies Elective 3 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 4 3
Literature Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
ELD 307 Emergent Literacy P-3 5 3
ELD 375 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms 5 3
SPE 303 Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities 3
Liberal Arts and Science 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 6 3
ELD 376 Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts N-6 6 3
SPE 304 Assessment and Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom 3
TEC 404 Assistive and Augmentative Technology 3
Liberal Arts and Science Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 7 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation123
1

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2

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

3

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

4

Any course in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences may be used as a Liberal Arts and Science elective provided the prerequisites have been met.

5

ELD 307 and ELD 375 must be taken concurrently.  Students must pass all sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (Test Code 5751) in order to register for these courses.  

6

ELD 308 and ELD 376 must be taken concurrently in the semester preceding student teaching.

7

Students must have a “C+” or higher in all education courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before enrolling in EDU 465.  In addition, students must present evidence of a passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessments:  Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test (Test Code 5001) six months prior to Student Teaching (by March 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the fall semester and July 1 for those students applying for student teaching in the spring). 


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. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

EDU 106 Contexts Of Schooling 3 Credits

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

EDU 206 Developmental Education Psychology 3 Credits

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

EDU 320 Introduction to Linguistics and Psycholinguistics 3 Credits

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

EDU 358 Literacy and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child 3 Credits

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

EDU 420 Teaching a Second Language 3 Credits

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

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

EDU 451 Special Topics in Education 1-6 Credits

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

EDU 460 Educating and Evaluating the Bilingual Child 3 Credits

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

EDU 465 Student Teaching and Seminar 12 Credits

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

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

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. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106 and EDU 206.

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 five (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 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 hour’s credit to be assigned is determined by the department.

SPE 201 Inclusion and Students Disabilities 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the inclusive classroom. Students will develop the ability to design and manage the instructional environment in an inclusive classroom setting. Through the use of case studies and classroom interactions, students will develop effective communication and collaboration skills for professional interactions. Attitudes and behaviors that influence children with special needs will be addressed. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

SPE 202 Society and Inviduals with Disabilites 3 Credits

This course will focus on the transition, community, and daily living concerns of individuals with disabilities. Through active participation in class and field sites and research, students will become aware of the various social issues related to family, education, transition, and work experiences of individuals with disabilities. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 30 weekday field hours in addition to regularly scheduled class hours. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): SPE 201.

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 give students the opportunity to evaluate, select, develop, and adapt assessment and instructional materials for children with disabilities. The legal, cultural, and ethical implications of assessment and instruction will be discussed. The use of formal and informal assessment to inform instruction will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on using assessment information to make decisions about appropriate placement and learning environments, as well as making decisions for effective instruction in the classroom. A field experience with children with disabilities will enable students to apply knowledge in realistic classroom setting. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106, EDU 206 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 will be addressed. A field experience with children with disabilities will enable students to apply knowledge in a realistic classroom setting. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 106, EDU 206 and SPE 201.