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.