The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Graduate College Division of Academic Affairs

TxVSN Digital Literacies (Internal Graduate Certificate)

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The TxVSN Digital Literacies Certificate is a 12-credit program that prepares teachers to teach and assess children effectively online.
*This program is offered 100% ONLINE.
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    •  Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or the World Education Services (WES) . For additional information, visit the Academic Credentials/Transcripts Evaluation section of our website.


    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Program Director: Dr. Kathy Bussert-Webb

    Phone: (956) 882-7595

    Office: Brownsville Campus, MAIN 2116


  • Deadlines

    Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
    Domestic/International April 15 October 1 N/A N/A

    Note: Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.

  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 12
    RLIT 6302: Adolescent Digital Literacy and Reading 3
    RLIT 6303: Diverse Learner Digital Literacies and Reading 3
    RLIT 6306: Assessment Practices in Digital Literacies and Reading 3
    RLIT 6308: Digital Literacies and Reading Leadership 3
    Total graduate hours for certificate: 12
    *This certificate is internal to UTRGV and is not affiliated with TEA

    Course Descriptions:

    RLIT 6302: Adolescent Digital Literacies and Reading               [3‐0]
    Candidates learn and teach strategies to address the multi‐modal literacy needs and practices of adolescents from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds across all content areas. Metacognitive and collaborative strategies for adolescents’ 21st Century success are addressed.

    RLIT 6303: Diverse Learner Digital Literacies and Reading              [3‐0]
    This course examines how diverse learners engage with traditional and digital literacies. Candidates understand: dyslexia, accessibility mandates, local support personnel, online privacy, language, background, and learning style needs. They develop differentiated online lesson plans and interventions for diverse K‐12 learners, and ensure equitable multi‐modal instruction and assessment.

    RLIT 6306: Assessment Practices in Digital Literacies and Reading              [3‐0]
    This course highlights reflective assessment and instruction in traditional and digital literacies. Candidates assess and teach diverse learners using formal and informal assessments. Candidates develop leadership skills, create and teach an online course, and interact with parents and struggling learners.

    RLIT 6308: Digital Literacies and Reading Leadership              [3‐0]
    This course focuses on leadership in digital literacies and reflective practice in schools and programs serving linguistically and culturally diverse students. Students examine policy and research in organizational change, mentoring, and leading adult learners. Literacy and digital literacies program evaluation as well as parent and community involvement are highlighted.