Dr. Patricia Reiff | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rice Space Institute, MS-108
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892
A professional Masters degree for educators administered by the Physics and Astronomy Department. Approved by full Rice University faculty March 17, 2004.
Teachers: Please send email to Dr. Pat Reiff (email@example.com) if you are interesting in attending any of our special teacher courses, either for credit or just as an auditor. You need not be in the MST program to take our courses. However, teachers interested in applying for the MST program are encouraged to take these classes, because up to 9 hours of Rice credit can apply to your degree. Some tuition waivers are available; after those are exhausted, a special MST discounted teacher tuition rate applies. These classes are also generally open to Rice undergraduate non-majors. Both the Space and Earth programs follow a four-semester sequence, which can be begun at any time.
A content-based, non-thesis, advanced degree primarily directed towards inservice middle school, IPC (Integrated Physics and Chemistry), Physics, or Astronomy high school teachers and other Education and Public Outreach (EPO) professionals. Thirty credit hours required, of which at least 15 will be content or combination content/tools courses. The remaining credits can either be content, tools, education, research, or practicum, with no more than 12 hours total in research and practicum credits. A special project is required as part of the research or practicum hours. Each student will have a 3-person committee, with at least two members from the tenure-track faculty, to approve the student's proposed program, advising which specific courses will best suit the student's needs, and approving their final project. At least one of the members of the committee will be an experienced Education Professional, who will ensure the appropriateness of the courses to the educator's program. At least one person of the committee will be an expert in the content area that is the student's primary teaching interest. The usual other MS requirements will apply; for example, no more than 9 hours as a Class III studen't, no more than 6 hours transfer credit, and at least 15 hours at the 500 level and above. The students apply through the Physics and Astronomy Department; GREs are required. A 3-person committee with at least one Education Professional will review applications.
The teachers who finish the program are encouraged to become master teachers in their district, multiplying the impact of the program manifold by giving workshops and other inservice programs to other teachers both in state and across the country. Many of our teachers have become NASA mission Ambassadors, e.g. Lollie Garay is a "Messenger Ambassador"; Molly Nipper and Nancy Fiegel are "Heliophysics Educator Ambassadors". Kevin Robedee (MST 2003) just earned his Ph.D. in Administration in 2010 - congrats, Kevin!