The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Teacher Education courses are open to Rice students studying for careers in teaching and to Rice students interested in studying the complexities of the educational system and its role in society. Ideas and issues central to courses in education include education and democracy, global education, the organization of knowledge, and the nature of learning. Education, learning, and teaching are considered broadly, but the particular focus is on inquiry learning for diverse student populations.
The teacher education program engages, prepares, and supports its teacher leaders for student-centered classrooms in a diverse society. The program emphasizes the value of equity in education and the political and educational policies that should undergird that equity. Students acquire a strong foundation in assessment, classroom culture, instructional strategies, literacy across the curriculum and human developmental processes. All teachers will use culturally relevant content and pedagogy in working with English language and diverse learners as this program acknowledges the changing face of Houston and the nation.
The Rice teacher education program balances academic integrity with Texas Education Agency compliance. Students seeking additional information about the teacher education program are encouraged to meet with an advisor in Teacher Education.
Texas Teaching Credential (the Texas Teacher Certificate)—Rice is approved by the State of Texas to offer teacher preparation programs in the following fields: art, English language arts and reading, history, Latin, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, physics/mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish.
After satisfactory completion of the Rice teacher education program, which includes the state-mandated examinations for teachers, students are recommended for a Texas teaching credential. The Texas Education Agency then awards a Texas Teacher Certificate (Grades 7–12).
The Higher Education Act (HEA) of the U.S. Congress requires each institution of higher education with a teacher preparation program that enrolls students receiving federal assistance under this act to report annually “to the State and the general public” certain information. This information includes the pass rate of their program completers on assessments required by the state for teacher licensure or certification, the statewide pass rate on those assessments and other basic information on their teacher preparation program.
Rice University’s Teacher Education Program is accredited by the state of Texas. The first year pass rate for program completers on assessments required by the state for 2014-2015 was 100%, compared with 94% for the overall state pass rate. Thirteen students were enrolled in the program in 2014-2015. Student teachers spent an average of 40 hours per week in supervised student teaching with a student/faculty ratio of 1.3-to-1. Rice teacher education program graduates are regularly recruited by school districts in Houston and the surrounding areas because of their innovative ideas, content knowledge, expertise, leadership abilities, and dedication to the teaching profession.
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Rice University Teacher Education seeks to engage, prepare, and support teacher leaders for student-centered classrooms in a diverse society. While Rice does not award a formal certificate for teacher education, Rice University Teacher Education does offer a program to current Rice degree-seeking undergraduate students which fulfills all requirements for Texas Teacher Certification for grades 7-12. Upon completion of the Teacher Education program, all undergraduate degree requirements, and certification by the State of Texas, Rice students will receive an acknowledgement and formal notation of their Texas certification on their Rice academic transcript.
Undergraduate students participating in the Teacher Education program, who wish to obtain Texas Teacher Certification must complete:
In addition, undergraduate students in this program must satisfy the following requirements:
The following courses fulfill requirements for Texas Teacher Certification. For additional information regarding requirements, students should contact Teacher Education.
Students may apply to the Rice University Teacher Education program for admission if they show:
A completed plan of study approved by a department advisor and the major field advisor is required before completion of the Teacher Education program. Once completed, and after completion of the student's Rice undergraduate degree requirements, and certification by the State of Texas, an acknowledgement and formal notation of the student's Texas certification will be made on their Rice academic transcript.
Upon completing the requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, students will be able to:
Admission—Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, scholarly ability, and a commitment to teaching, and they must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years. Specific requirements include:
Education team members review each application. Limited tuition assistance is available. See Admission to Graduate Study. Admitted students must pass or be exempted from the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) exam prior to enrolling in any education courses.
Degree Requirements—For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching degree must complete:
The MAT is a nonthesis degree program for students who want to qualify for secondary school teaching following a bachelor's degree. Most candidates entering the program have had no professional education courses. By completing the program, candidates fulfill all requirements for a Texas Standard Teaching Certificate for grades 7–12. The specific requirements for the Texas Standard Teaching Certificate are listed below.
The cooperating school districts pay a regular salary for internship teaching.
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTSStudents must complete the following 11 courses (36 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the MAT degree requirements. At the discretion of the associate dean and academic advisor, some students may require additional courses to address deficiencies prior to seeking Texas State teacher certification.
Rice undergraduate students can pursue both their undergraduate and graduate degrees concurrently, completing the MAT with generally one additional year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students seeking additional information about the 5-year MAT program are encouraged to meet with an advisor in Teacher Education.
Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree for Experienced Teachers must complete:
The MAT degree program is offered for experienced teachers that have a minimum of two years experience teaching.
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete the following 8 courses (24 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the MAT degree requirements for experienced teachers.
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining requirements for the MAT Degree for Experienced Teachers, students must complete a total of 4 additional courses (12 credit hours) from Professional Education courses or Academic Content Specialization. These courses can be found below:
Descriptions and Codes Legend
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the graduate Master of Arts in Teaching degree program. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: EDUCDepartment Description and Code - Education: EDUCDegree Description and Code - Master of Arts in Teaching degree: MATDegree Program Description and Code - Degree Program in Education : EDUC
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for Education can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Education, see the department's website: http://teach.rice.edu/.