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The Alternative Teacher Certification program (non-credit, non-transcribable) at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies prepares new graduates and career changers for the rigors of the middle and high school classrooms. Students will meet Texas Education Agency requirements and complete a paid teaching internship, supervised and guided by Rice faculty.

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Plan of Study

Includes state of Texas teacher certification

Complete minimum 300 clock hours of (non-credit) coursework and 30 hours of field observations

Plan of Study

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55 Years

Preparing Teachers to Lead in the Classroom



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The Rice Experience

Why you should choose Rice's Alternative Teacher Certification?

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Rice University has a rich history of bringing great minds together in service to society, with a 55-year history in the education field. School districts all over Texas trust and hire Rice graduates as valued members of their campuses.

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Your time is valuable. Your educational experience should be personal. We work one-on-one with students to ensure their success in and out of the classroom.

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A Rice teacher's impact goes far beyond the classroom. With preparation focused on classroom, campus, and community leadership, students graduate with all the skills needed to change lives.

Admission Cycle Classes Start Application Deadline
Spring Entry January October 15


Resuming an application: To resume an application, please log in to your student portal. You will find a saved instance of your application in the tab titled “My Applications”.

Looking for a master's degree?

Learn more about our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. With plans of study for new and experienced teachers, MAT is the perfect path for those seeking an advanced degree plan.

Application Requirements Checklist

  • Alternative Teacher Certification Application
  • Content hour requirements1
    • 15 hours (min.) for math and science
    • 12 hours (min.) for English language arts and reading, social studies, and history
  • Official transcripts of all college or university coursework
    • 2.75 or higher GPA, overall
    • 2.75 or higher GPA, content area
  • Three letters of reference
    • Must be professional or academic
    • Includes recommender evaluation form
  • Statement of Intent
  • Criminal background check/Fingerprinting* (optional)
  • Complete Breakthrough online application (if applicable)
  • Application Fee ($85)

1 If content hours requirements are not met, please contact us at for alternate options.

* See Additional Details for more information.


Rice University is committed to keeping the costs of the Alternative Teacher Certification program as low as possible to attract the most qualified people to teach in Houston-area public schools. The tuition for this non-credit, alternative teacher certification program is $4,396 (includes $156 student activity fee). Other fees like books, exam fees, certificate fees, parking, etc. are not included in the tuition fees.

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Notes on the Plan of Study

Field Observations 30 (minimum)
Professional Education Coursework 180
Internship Fall Semester 90
Internship Spring Semester 45

Passing of the content exam is necessary to secure a teaching position for the internship and for approval of teaching certificates.

Passing of edTPA test and the completion of your first year of teaching with principal approval for your continued work as a teacher are necessary for approval for standard teacher certification.

Details on Fingerprinting & Criminal Background Checks

Candidates will not be issued either a probationary or a standard teaching certificate from the State of Texas without the fingerprinting/criminal background check. Candidates may apply for the criminal background check prior to submitting an application into an educational preparation program, but must be done prior to being on any school campus with the program. If the results of the process are unsatisfactory, the candidate may petition the TEA for reconsideration of the results.

For further information about preliminary checks:

A school district may deny the placement of a participant with a criminal background.

Criminal history record information includes both conviction and arrest records. The State of Texas (by House Bill 1508 in 2017) the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) require that an educator preparation program inform all certification program applicants and candidates about the State’s rules on criminal background checks from the Texas Occupations Code Chapter 53, the Texas Education Code Chapter 22.0831 and the Texas Administrative Code, Part VII, Chapter 227, Subchapter B. For further information about criminal history checks see TEA’s Investigations web page:

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