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Graduate Programs for Educators

MLS GraduationRice University offers several graduate degree programs for educators focusing on content, pedagogy and leadership.

Master of Arts in Teaching


The Master of Arts in Teaching Program (M.A.T.) invites students with bachelor's degrees to combine professional preparation in education with graduate studies in their major subject field(s).

The Rice M.A.T. provides a strong exploration of the pedagogical and curricular issues necessary for teaching diverse students in a global society. A key element to the program is the extensive fieldwork which links the children, teachers, and classroom practices of urban schools to the course work.

Programs Offered:

  • MAT for new teachers with state of Texas teacher certification
  • MAT for experienced teachers with specialization in instructional leadership
  • MAT for experienced teachers with specialization in organizational leadership and state of Texas principal certification

Master of Liberal Studies


The Master of Liberal Studies degree program at Rice University provides a unique opportunity for professionals who wish to challenge themselves intellectually at a world-class university. Designed for those who love to learn new ideas and discuss them with others, the MLS program allows students to explore timeless and timely human questions within the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Though not specifically designed for educators, many teachers have enrolled and found the program beneficial to their professional growth.

Master of Science Teaching


The Master of Science in Teaching (MST) is a content-based, non-thesis advanced degree primarily directed towards in-service middle school, IPC (integrated physics and chemistry), physics, or astronomy high school teachers and other education and public outreach (EPO) professionals.