Education programs

Read program requirements and course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog:
Early Childhood:
B.A. Early Childhood Education  
Education and Community Leadership:
B.A. Education and Community Leadership  
B.A. Elementary Education  
B.A. Biology Education  
B.A. English Education  
B.A. Mathematics Education  
B.A. Modern Language Education  
B.A. Social Studies Education  
B.A. Special Education  

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There are many reasons Rivier's education programs stand out. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • 95% pass rate on national certification exams*
  • Extensive field experience and teaching starting freshman year
  • Eligibility for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories; the Department of Defense Education Activity; Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement 


Division of Education facilities and resources 

Rivier's Benoit Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in northern New England. It includes the Landry Early Childhood Center, an NAEYC accredited eight-room early childhood laboratory school for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years, where students can conduct observations and gain hands-on experience. The LECC also offers parenting resources, a state certified kindergarten program, four observation rooms, state of the art outdoor equipment, and high-speed internet and Wi-Fi network access.

The Benoit Education Center is also home to the Cho Education Resource Center. An extensive curriculum library, the ERC includes recently published textbooks, teaching materials, an extensive collection of children’s literature, a useful project space and computer lab. Rivier has become a statewide leader in preparing teachers to succeed in the inclusive and technologically equipped classroom. All materials are available to alumni.

Hands-on experience 

From freshman year, students observe classrooms in different schools and grade levels; through field experiences and student teaching students learn to connect theory, research and practice; and during the senior year student teaching internship, students create lesson plans, teach, and assess student learning under the guidance of cooperating teachers and a university supervisor. Through these experiences students will become confident and engaging teachers. 


Rivier educators are found in leadership roles at every level—they're in early childhood programs, elementary, middle and secondary schools, and teaching in higher education. They work in local schools, across the United States and around the world.


*Source: 2014 Title II Report   

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