Bilingual and Literacy Studies: Graduate Certification Programs

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Reading Specialist Certification

This track within the Reading and Literacy M.Ed. program allows participants to take the state Reading Specialist TExES exam in order to become certified K-12 Reading Specialists.

Master Reading Teacher (Certificate)

This 18 hour program allows participants to take the state Master Reading Teacher Exam in order to become certified as a Master Reading Teacher.

Program Coordinator

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Dr. Janine M. Schall
Associate Professor
665-5227 janine.schall@utrgv.edu Edinburg
EDUC 1.514A

Digital Literacy Leader (Certificate)

The purpose of the Digital Literacy Leader certificate program is to supply schools with teachers who can provide leadership in the area of digital literacy development. Students take 15 hours of graduate classes.

Program Director

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Dr. Kathy Bussert-Webb
Professor
882-7595 kathy.bussertwebb@utrgv.edu Brownsville
BMAIN 2.116
Dr. Jacqueline Koonce
Assistant Professor
882-6516 jacqueline.koonce@utrgv.edu Brownsville
BMAIN 2.110

TxVSN Digital Literacies (Internal Graduate Certificate)

The TxVSN Digital Literacies Program prepares teachers to teach and assess children effectively online. Once the program is finished, participants receive a TxVSN Document of Completion that allows them to teach in K-12 online environments in Texas.

Program Director

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Dr. Kathy Bussert-Webb
Professor
882-7595 kathy.bussertwebb@utrgv.edu Brownsville
BMAIN 2.116
Dr. Jacqueline Koonce
Assistant Professor
882-6516 jacqueline.koonce@utrgv.edu Brownsville
BMAIN 2.110

Entrance to a professional certification program requires formal admission and a signed letter of acceptance.

Once all certification program requirements have been met, students must apply for certification. The following policy applies:

UTRGV Professional Certification Policy

Students in professional certification programs will have two years after program completion to take their certification exam. Within this two year period, program completers who are requesting test approval will be reviewed by the department chair/program coordinator before approval is granted to ensure that all TAC requirements have been met. After the two-year period, program completers requesting testing approval will be reviewed by the department chair/program coordinator so that a new certification plan can be created as needed. This certification plan may include additional coursework or professional development and must be completed before testing approval is granted.

Change in State Standards and Teacher Certification

If TEA certification standards change between the time that the program is complete and the time that certification is sought, the new standards must be met. This may mean taking additional courses or completing additional requirements in the form of a certification plan.

Criminal History Acknowledgement

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

  1. In order to receive certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  3. You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation:
https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Investigations/Preliminary_Criminal_History_Evaluation-FAQs/