Welcome to the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University

The mission of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is to further Rice University’s commitment to educational outreach by providing lifelong personal and professional development opportunities to the larger community. Established in 1967 with its first courses offered in 1968, the school now attracts just short of 20,000 enrollments each year to its non-credit and credit programs and is the leading university continuing education program in Houston. In 2006, Continuing Studies officially became the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies to honor a generous endowment gift from Houstonians and Rice alumni Melbern G. and Susanne M. Glasscock.

Personal development opportunities are offered in arts, humanities, sciences, creative writing, studio art, photography, lifestyle and personal finance. Professional development programs include courses in human resources, paralegal studies, sustainability and facility management, communication skills, financial services and the Rice E-Learning Design and Development Institute.

Operating one of the largest Language Programs in the state, the Glasscock School offers classes in eight foreign languages as well as in English as a Second Language. The ESL program has welcomed students from more than 100 countries since its inception.

The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership offers a wide range of courses designed to improve the capacity of nonprofit organizations in the community and to advance the practice and impact of philanthropy.

The Center for College Readiness provides opportunities for teachers, administrators and students to deepen their knowledge of academic content and increase their awareness of the importance of college-readiness skills. School Literacy and Culture promotes effective teaching through rigorous professional educational initiatives that emphasize early literacy, child development, writing and culture.

The Glasscock School also offers two master’s degree programs. The Master of Liberal Studies degree program is designed for those interested in furthering their formal education in the liberal arts. Teacher Education offers the Teacher Certification and Master of Arts in Teaching programs providing professional education courses that include extensive study of critical issues in education and effective pedagogy for diverse learners.

To accommodate the continued growth of the Glasscock School, the D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center will open as our new home in spring 2014. The 53,000-square-foot building will help the Glasscock School increase its scope and grow its enrollment. It will include 24 classrooms, conference rooms, a language center, a freestanding auditorium and a commons area and terrace for events.