Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction emphasis in Digital Literacy

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The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare master teachers and graduates with instructional leadership skills. 

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About the Program

  • Complete in as few as 36 months
  • 15 required core credit hours +  6-12 specialization credit hours + 3-9 elective credit hours
  • $589.43 per credit hour

It has three major objectives:

  • Provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and applicable research skills in curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Develop (master)teachers to serve as teacher educators, mentors, clinical teaching faculty and peer coaches.
  • Provide experience in educational research related to effective educational practice in field-settings.

This major is responsive to the needs of the South Texas’ educational community and to state and national priorities for restructuring and delivering teacher education programs. A comprehensive examination is required. Students choosing the thesis option will take EDCI 7300 and 7301 in lieu of six hours of electives.


Required Core: (15 hours)

EDFR 6302/EPSY 6304: Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development
EDCI 6304: Assessment of Learning
EDCI 7334: Curriculum Problems and Processes
EDFR 6300 Foundations of Research in Education
EDFR 6388: Introduction to Historical and Sociocultural Foundations of Education

Specialization: (6-12 hours)

Courses to be selected from another area of education or an academic discipline with approval of Graduate Advisor. With selection of specialization courses, students can meet requirements for temporary certificate I administration.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.


Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Application Deadline  April 15 October 1 March 1 March 1

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Tuition and Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown

  • $21,219.48* Total program cost
  • $589.43 Per credit hour
  • $1,254.29 Per 3-credit course

*Tuition and fee rates shown above are proposed rates for the 2015-2016 academic year. We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Approved tuition and fee rates for UTRGV should be available prior to the fee payment deadline.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $32

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If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call us at 956-665-3661 or 956-882-6552 or email

Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research is required for graduate admission. Specific criteria for unconditional admission for master’s degree seeking students in curriculum and instruction are:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or over 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
  • Applicants whose undergraduate GPA in the last 60 credit hours is less than 3.0 must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores above 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical
  • Curriculum Vita or Resume

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be considered for Conditional admission. Up to 10 percent of total applicants can be admitted Conditional, with the approval of the college dean.

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Program Contact

Program Director: Dr. Kathy Bussert-Webb (Digital Literacy Specialization only)
Phone: (956) 882-7595

Program Director: Dr. Martha Trevis
Phone: (956) 665-3434