Professional Development Programs

Non-credit and credit programs are available.

Advanced Placement & International Baccalaureate

Center for College Readiness
The Center for College Readiness (CCR) is the only provider of both Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) trainings in the nation. CCR’s programs serve the needs of teachers, students, counselors and administrators. Programs for teachers focus on improving content knowledge and instructional strategies; programs for students emphasize personal growth through curriculum-based education and authentic experiences; and programs for administrators and counselors are designed to build awareness about the role of rigor in preparing students for college and how to create a college-going culture within the school community.

College Access Counseling

College Access Counseling Certificate
The College Access Counseling Certificate Program is a 40-hour minimum (non-credit, Continued Professional Education - CPE) online certificate program that fulfills the professional needs of secondary college access counselors. Courses may be taken individually or in efforts to receive the certificate.

Early Childhood Education

Early Literacy Leadership Academy
The Early Literacy Leadership Academy (ELLA) is a rigorous two year certificate program designed to bring together early childhood professionals from public, private and charter school settings who are committed to serving as teacher leaders from their classrooms. Teachers chosen to participate in ELLA experience a unique combination of three semesters of monthly seminars and mentored learning plus one semester of independent study, with all four semesters supported by online learning. Participating ELLA teachers will also join in an exclusive three day summer institute in their first year of programming followed by the opportunity to teach at Creative Writing Camp their second summer in the program.

Summer Institute for Teachers
In this weeklong institute, early childhood teachers rethink their reading and writing practices in light of new research trends. Join a community of teachers committed to thinking deeply about best literacy practices and bring home hundreds of classroom ideas. Participants in our Classroom Storytelling Project are encouraged to enroll in this Summer Institute, which reinforces and deepens the learning of the school-year sessions.

School Literacy and Culture
The School Literacy and Culture Project (SLC) is a teacher-education program that unites teachers around a single passion – a belief that all children deserve a high-quality early literacy education. SLC offers a variety of professional development programs that target the early literacy needs of Houston area schools, parents and children.

Masters Programs for Educators

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.

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.


This 3-day summer professional development opportunity prepares educators to bring biological engineering and synthetic biology into their classrooms and laboratories.

Rice University School Mathematics Project
The Rice University School Math Project (RUSMP) provides a bridge between the Rice University mathematics research community and the Houston PreK-12 mathematics teaching community by helping teachers and school administrators better understand the nature of mathematics, the effective teaching and assessing of mathematics, and the importance of mathematics in today’s society.

Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM)
The Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) supports and promotes Rice’s wide ranging efforts to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Houston-area school districts.

Teacher Certification

Teacher Certification Program
The Rice University Education Certification Program is a pathway for Rice undergraduates and Visiting Post-Baccalaureate students to attain state of Texas teacher certification in art, biology, chemistry, economics, English language arts & reading, French, German, health science, technology education, history, Latin, life sciences, mathematics, physical education, physical science, physics, physics/mathematics, political science, psychology and sociology.

Principal Certification

Principal Certification Program
The Rice Principal Certification program is appropriate for educators who already hold a master's degree and a Texas teaching certificate and seek focused training in educational leadership. This eighteen-month program is designed for K-12 educators that have at least two years of teaching experience and are motivated to learn the skills necessary to be an effective school leader.