Diverse students in a changing global society influence our focus on developing effective teacher leaders who are committed to student-centered learning. This program provides extensive field-based experiences to engage, prepare and support our students in the exploration of critical issues in education.
The Teacher Certification and Master of Arts in Teaching programs provide professional education courses that include extensive study of critical issues in education and effective pedagogy for diverse learners. Additionally, we facilitate a network of support for our students and alumni so that we ensure our teacher leaders continue to grow and evolve as professionals. Through a first-year internship experience that hones strong analysis of student work, classroom management, and parent-teacher relationships, an online alumni network for collaboration and support, and access to high-quality professional development training offered at Rice University, we nurture teachers in the development of their content and pedagogy skills.
All of our courses include field-based experiences that encourage students to compare and apply their theoretical work to what is actually happening in schools. Our approach to the educational history, philosophy, learning theories and human developmental processes is influenced by the growing diversity of learners in the globalizing context of our nation’s schools.
As the face of our Houston metropolitan area changes we stress the use of culturally relevant content and pedagogy in working with English language and diverse learners. Our program fosters the use of inquiry that promotes student-centered learning.