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Rice University

Rice University


Located on a 300 acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 6-to-1. Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. 

Students enter our program as undergraduates following a teacher certification path or a five year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Post-baccalaureate students follow both a certification and MAT path. Experienced teachers hone their pedagogical skills and develop a master level research project for implementation in their home school. Students with master’s degrees are pursuing principal certification in the state of Texas.

The teacher preparation program is based on five key pillars: creating environments where students discover and construct meaning from content, understanding and serving needs of diverse learners, incorporating authentic assessments, integrating educational technologies and digital learning into curriculum and developing teachers as instructional leaders. The program’s teacher training encourages the use of culturally relevant content and pedagogy when working with English language and diverse learners.

All students work with a select group of instructional leaders as they participate in a small, cohort-based classroom and field-based experience. Rice is building a network of education leaders who are prepared and committed to work in high-need schools.

  • College or University
  • Houston, TX

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  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Online Application
Natasha Cruz

As one of the few Latina teachers, Rice taught me to model to students, and especially students of color, what it takes to navigate the world when they leave school—to equip them with the tools necessary to problem solve, inquire about the world around them and ultimately find success, no matter what challenges they face.

Natasha Cruz

Rice University


Bachelor’s & certification

Teacher Certification for Undergraduate Students

  • 48 months

    Program Duration

  • Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

Undergraduate students enter our program with well developed content skills, ready to add culturally relevant and critical pedagogy to academic rigor in 10, three hour courses that fulfill all requirements for a Texas Standard Teaching Certificate.

Students thrive as they move from course work to field-based work and apply what they are learning from courses to classrooms iteratively. A year-long clinical teaching experience readies these candidates for their first-year of teaching. In the fall semester, these preservice teachers take pedagogical classes, observe a cooperating teacher 5-10 hours a week and prepare unit and lesson plans that they defend before faculty and cooperating teachers. The spring semester offers clinical teaching with cooperating teachers in one of our lab schools.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Oct. 15, 2024

  • Jan. 15, 2025

  • Mar. 15, 2025


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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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  • $46,600

    In State Tuition

  • $46,600

    Out of State Tuition

  • $0

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Rice University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Rice University to see if you can, too!


Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

  • Raise Your Hand Texas, Raising Texas Teachers Scholarship 
  • Rice University Full Tuition Packages for all Rice undergraduates

For more information visit:Financial Aid Office


Art (Pre-K-12)
English Language Arts and Reading (7-12)
French (Pre-K-12)
History (7-12)
Latin (Pre-K-12)
Life Science (7-12)
Mathematics (7-12)
Physical Science / Science (7-12)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Spanish (Pre-K-12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

Program Hallmarks


  • Male

  • Female



  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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