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Dual Credit Teacher Credentialing

For English and History Teachers  — Teach your students about the rigors of higher learning while they earn credit in both high school and college.

Texas high school students are able to participate in dual credit coursework, helping them earn college credit, or even an associate’s degree, before they step foot on a post-secondary campus. The only roadblock? Qualified teachers. 

Dual credit courses are designed to challenge students with rigorous, college-level curriculum, and provide them with a jumpstart on their futures—all public colleges and universities in Texas are required to accept dual credit. Teachers that possess the appropriate credentials to teach dual credit courses in their content areas are in high demand and have the potential to maximize their earning power while providing college access and increasing college affordability for their students. 

With Rice University's Dual Credit Teacher Credentialing, you are

Increasing your earning potential

Providing your students with first-hand exposure to college-level instruction

Making a 2 or 4 year degree more affordable for your students

Filling your district needs for qualified teachers

 

This development opportunity is designed for the practicing teacher. Classes are offered every semester – fall, spring, and summer. All of our courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.

 

A Path for All Teachers

For college-level academic courses, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires dual credit teachers to hold a master’s or doctoral degree in the content area or a masters degree with 18 graduate hours in the discipline being taught.

Dual credit classes are taught by educators who are expected to mirror the profile of a traditional college instructor.  For example, the dual credit instructors will not only possess the appropriate credentials, but also the course will meet rigorous post-secondary standards and utilize instructional strategies that advance critical thinking and problem solving.  At Rice, we meet teachers where they are and provide two paths to accommodate every teacher's professional development needs.

 

Created for teachers who hold a master’s degree but lack the required 18 graduate content hours, this option helps teachers with a master’s degree efficiently meet the requirements to teach dual credit courses. Currently, courses are only available in the following disciplines: English and Social Sciences/History. 

Credits

18 Graduate Credits

Duration

1 year minimum

Class Size

12:1 student to faculty ratio

Meetings

1 evening class/week

Location

On-campus

Style

Instructor-led

 

Ready to Apply?

Teachers in need of content hours are invited to attend Rice University as a Visiting Post Baccalaureate student. 

The following materials must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online Application for Admission
  • $85 non-refundable application fee
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement (Please review personal statement instructions before submitting your application.)
  • Writing sample (Please review writing sample instructions before submitting your application.)
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended, sent directly to the Graduate Liberal Studies office
  • Two letters of recommendation, each accompanied by a completed Letter of Recommendation form
  • Application interview

All application documents, including resume, personal statement, writing sample, and letters of recommendation will be submitted online. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to the MLS program. Electronic transcripts are accepted and should be sent to mls@rice.edu. Application materials become property of Rice University and will not be returned.

Mailing Address:

Rice University
Master of Liberal Studies - MS 550
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2020 Application deadline: May 15, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Application deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Summer 2021 Application deadline: March 15, 2021

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Teachers who need a master's degree can complete their credentialing requirements to teach dual credit via the Rice University Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program.  Teachers will earn their dual credit credentialing requirements as part of the Master in Liberal Studies degree, our customizable advanced degree.  The MLS plan of study will allow you to earn a master degree while specializing in the English or History content you wish to teach.

No GRE is required for admission.

Credits

33 Graduate Credits

Duration

2 year minimum

Class Size

12:1 student to faculty ratio

Meetings

1-2 evening classes/week

Location

On-campus

Style

Instructor-led

 

Ready to Apply?

The following materials must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online Application for Admission
  • $85 non-refundable application fee
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement (Please review personal statement instructions before submitting your application.)
  • Writing sample (Please review writing sample instructions before submitting your application.)
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended, sent directly to the Graduate Liberal Studies office
  • Two letters of recommendation, each accompanied by a completed Letter of Recommendation form
  • Application interview

All application documents, including resume, personal statement, writing sample, and letters of recommendation will be submitted online. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to the MLS program. Electronic transcripts are accepted and should be sent to mls@rice.edu. Application materials become property of Rice University and will not be returned.

Mailing Address:

Rice University
Master of Liberal Studies - MS 550
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2020 Application deadline: May 15, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Application deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Summer 2021 Application deadline: March 15, 2021

To access the personal statement and writing sample information in a printable format, please download the MLS Application Instructions.

apply online

Tuition

Rice University is committed to keeping the costs of the Rice Dual Credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program as low as possible. Incentives include significantly reduced tuition for all admitted students.

Tuition for the Rice Dual Credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in the 2020-2021 academic year is $3,125 per course. This reflects a significantly reduced rate from normal Rice University tuition, and is designed to accommodate part-time students.

Fees

Fees include but are not limited to:

  • Parking fee: $89-$288 per year; varies depending on the parking permit selected
  • Graduate Student Association: $22 per semester (for Path 2: Master of Liberal Studies with Dual Credit Content Specialization participants only)
  • Graduate Liberal Studies Student Activity Fee: $52 per semester (for Path 2: Master of Liberal Studies with Dual Credit Content Specialization participants only)

Additional information regarding tuition and fees can be found on the Cashier's website.

Tuition Waivers

Rice University believes in the importance of developing education leaders for our city. The Dual Credit Teacher Credentialing program offers a limited number of merit-based, partial tuition waivers to highly qualified prospective students. 

Tuition waiver opportunities can be discussed during the interview stage of the application process.

A Long History. A Bright Future.

Rice University has a 50-year history of exceptional education. Our programs for teachers are designed by teachers and administrators with decades of hands-on experience. 

Small Classes. Big Results

We believe in personal attention and customized educational experiences. 

Locally Grown. Globally Recognized.

As the preeminent research institution in the state of Texas, our program lives up to the standards expected of the name we carry. And adding that name to your resume, let's everyone know that you do, too.

 

Join us for an upcoming information session to learn more about how you can advance your career and make a lasting impact in your student's lives with the Dual Credit Credentialing Program at Rice.