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MAT for Experienced Teachers

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for Experienced Teachers is a 36-hour, non-thesis, graduate degree program that facilitates the advanced professional needs of each practicing teacher. Coursework includes professional education courses, advanced content coursework and a capstone.  Our dedicated faculty offer experienced teachers an exceptional amount of personal contact, coaching and support through this academic program.

Each candidate is offered a unique experience rich in quality, dynamic in pedagogical practice and strong in instructional leadership. Throughout the course of study, candidates are encouraged to explore and reflect on previous experiences and bridge new understandings from course offerings into future practice. The program acknowledges strengths candidates already possess, and encourages the development of those strengths toward instructional leadership.

The program is purposefully designed to meet the evolving professional needs of experienced teachers as they hone their craft through rigorous study in professional education courses that culminate with a capstone showcasing an important issue in their professional career.

Professional Education Course Offerings

Why Choose Rice?

  • Meets the evolving professional needs of practicing teachers: The MAT for experienced teachers is a carefully designed plan of study that allows teachers to further develop their pedagogical knowledge, learn new strategies for student engagement, and broaden their instructional leadership skills.
  • Affordable: Rice University believes in the importance of developing teacher leaders. We are committed to keeping the costs of the Master of Arts in Teaching program for experienced teachers as low as possible. Financial incentives include significantly reduced tuition for all admitted students. Additionally, we offer a limited number of merit-based, partial scholarships to highly qualified students.
  • Flexible schedules: This program is designed for the practicing teacher. Classes are offered every semester – fall, spring, and summer. All of our courses in the fall and spring are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. We also are introducing Saturday courses.
  • Designed for teacher leaders: We seek to develop instructional leaders who continue to grow in their profession; honing their pedagogical skills, encouraging and mentoring their peers, and contributing to the professional development of their educational communities.


The Rice Education program is pleased to offer principal certification in the 2017-2018 academic year. The MAT plan of study can facilitate a specialization in organizational leadership, allowing you to earn your MAT and principal certification simultaneously. If you are interested in pursuing the principalship, the MAT program will prepare you to be an effective school leader.

For More Information

We regularly host information sessions on campus and invite you to join us for one at your convenience. Please visit our Information Session webpage to find a time that works for your schedule.

Also, you may request additional information or schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor by emailing teach@rice.edu. We welcome the opportunity to visit with you one-on-one to learn about your professional growth goals and discuss how our program will serve your needs.

Career Change

For those seeking a career change and who are interested in pursuing graduate study in education, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for New Teachers is the preferred route.


Join us at an upcoming information session.

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