Teacher Certification

Teacher Education seeks to engage, prepare and support teacher leaders for student-centered classrooms in a diverse society.

Rice University Teacher Education offers two options for Rice undergraduate students interested in a career in education. Students may choose to earn either a Texas teaching certificate (in a specified field) or a Texas teaching certificate and a Master of Arts in Teaching. With either option, our dedicated faculty offer pre-service teachers an exceptional amount of personal contact, coaching, support and supervision. Teacher candidates receive a support team of a field supervisor, a mentor and a cooperating teacher for multiple semesters of observation and teaching experiences. Additionally, program support continues with an internship experience that hones strong analysis of student work, classroom management, and parent-teacher relationships, and an alumni network for collaboration and support.

Plans of Study

Texas Teacher Certification

Texas Teacher Certification In the Teacher Certification program, students complete 24 hours of professional education courses and a field-based practicum in addition to 24 hours of content courses in their chosen teaching field; 12 hours must be upper-level. Certification students must choose at least one content teaching field from the list of state-approved teaching fields.

Undergraduate 5-year MAT

Undergraduate 5-year MAT Rice University’s 5-Year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 36-hour degree program that affords the opportunity for motivated undergraduate students to earn graduate credit toward their MAT while simultaneously completing their bachelor’s degree. Students earn their bachelor’s degree while majoring in the subject(s) they plan to teach while also taking graduate level professional education courses. The Rice University bachelor’s degree is conferred upon completion of undergraduate studies and the MAT and Texas teacher certification is awarded one year later after completion of a teaching internship. The MAT degree culminates with an internship in a Houston area school. During the internship year, the student is teaching on a state of Texas probationary certificate as a full-time, salaried teacher. The intern participates in a year-long seminar course at the Rice and receives extensive support from both a field supervisor and a mentor teacher throughout his/her entire first year of teaching.

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