Graduate Programs

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The College of Education and P-16 Integration offers the following graduate programs.

Please review graduate program admission requirements.

  • Criminal History Acknowledgement

    Criminal History Acknowledgement:

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

    1. In order to receive a educator 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/

  • Degree Plans

    Degree Plans

    Review graduate and certificate program requirements on the Degree Plan page.



Accelerated Online Programs

  • Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary Math and Science Education, M.Ed.

    Our 100% online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Math and Science Education enhances your ability to serve the needs of elementary students. Learn advanced skills in curriculum development and implementation while becoming a content specialist in the high-demand areas of math and science. This online M.Ed. program can advance your specialized knowledge and skills for use in the classroom or in a variety of education settings.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Elementary Math and Science Education accelerated online program.

    Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Math and Science Education
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Angela Chapman
    Assistant Professor
    665-2178 angela.chapman@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 2.626
  • Curriculum & Instruction in Mathematics Education, M.Ed.

    This online M.Ed. C&I program is designed to prepare instructional leaders to serve a diverse population in classroom and other settings

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Mathematics Education accelerated online program.

    Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Mathematics Education
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Angela Chapman
    Assistant Professor
    665-2178 angela.chapman@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 2.626
  • E-Learning (Certificate)

    This fully web-based, 12-hour accelerated graduate certificate program targets individuals interested in working as e-learning practitioners in K-12, higher education, corporate, or e-learning industries. Candidates will be able to serve as effective online educators by advancing knowledge and skills in electronic learning, both conceptual and practical; and meet changing job requirements in response to current trends in e-learning.

    Learn more about the E-Learning certificate program.

    E-Learning Certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Rene Corbeil
    Professor
    882-7540 rene.corbeil@utrgv.edu Brownsville
    BMAIN 1.318
  • Educational Leadership, M.Ed.

    This program is designed to produce change-oriented administrators who can provide administrative leadership and are competent in site-based school management, organization, school law, finance, and contemporary personnel practices.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

    Master of Education in Educational Leadership Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Federico R. Guerra, Jr.
    Assistant Professor
    665-7333 federico.guerra@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.510A
  • Educational Technology, M.Ed.

    The Online M.Ed. in Educational Technology is a 30-hour accelerated program designed to prepare persons in K-12, higher education, corporate, and military settings to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for the classrooms and boardrooms of tomorrow. Graduates of this program will have a much better understanding of the uses of technology and how they can be applied in instructional/training settings.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Educational Technology accelerated program.

    Master of Education in Educational Technology Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Rene Corbeil
    Professor
    882-7540 rene.corbeil@utrgv.edu Brownsville
    BMAIN 1.318
  • Principal Certification (Certificate)

    This certification program prepares students for central office and principal leadership positions in school settings. The program is open to students with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or in a related field.

    Learn more about the Principal certification program.

    Principal Certification Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Alejandro Garcia
    Assistant Professor
    665-3478 alejandro.garcia@utrgv.edu EEDUC 1.620
  • Special Education, M.Ed.

    Special education students need teachers and advocates with the unique expertise to guide them to a successful future. If your passion matches your ambition, you can earn your M.Ed. in Special Education online with UTRGV in as few as ten months. An initial teaching certificate is not required to enter this program. If you are a certified teacher, this TEACH Grant-eligible degree program will prepare you for additional special education certification credentials.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Special Education accelerated online program.

    Master of Education in Special Education Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. John Lowdermilk III
    Professor
    665-3465 john.lowdermilk@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.302A
  • Technology Leadership in Education (Certificate)

    This fully web-based, 9-hour accelerated graduate certificate program is geared toward providing educators with the skills and knowledge needed to be effective leaders in technology. Principals, superintendents and technology leaders currently in roles as administrators as well as teachers who seek to take more of a leadership role in their district will benefit from this certificate.

    Learn more about the Technology Leadership in Education certificate program.

    Technology Leadership in Education Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Rene Corbeil
    Professor
    882-7540 Rene.Corbeil@utrgv.edu Brownsville
    BMAIN 1.318


Certificate Programs

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (College of Education & P-16 Integration)

    The program prepares future behavior analysts to be competent, ethical and professional in working with persons with disabilities, their families, and other professionals.

    Learn more about the Board Certified Behavior Analyst certificate program.

    Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Cheryl Fielding
    Professor
    665-3404 cheryl.fielding@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.626
  • Certificado Avanzado en Educación Bilingüe

    This 15 hour graduate certificate in bilingual education targets teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school personnel interested in advancing their core knowledge about bilingual education through Spanish language based course work. The goal of the certificate is twofold: to acquire contemporary knowledge about bilingual education, while using the Spanish language in the context of schooling. Because course readings, activities and exams are conducted in Spanish, students must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish, including reading and writing abilities. Spanish proficiency will be determined by an informal assessment.

    Learn more about the Certificado Avanzado en Educación Bilingüe program.

    Certificado Avanzado en Educación Bilingüe Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Michael Guerrero
    Professor
    665-7004 michael.guerrero@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 2.624
  • Digital Literacy Leader

    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.

    Learn more about the Digital Literacy Leader certificate program.

    Digital Literacy Leader Certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Janine M. Schall
    Associate Professor
    665-5227 janine.schall@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.514A
  • E-Learning

    This fully web-based, 12-hour accelerated graduate certificate program targets individuals interested in working as e-learning practitioners in K-12, higher education, corporate, or e-learning industries. Candidates will be able to serve as effective online educators by advancing knowledge and skills in electronic learning, both conceptual and practical; and meet changing job requirements in response to current trends in e-learning.

    Learn more about the E-Learning certificate program.

    E-Learning Certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Rene Corbeil
    Professor
    882-7540 rene.corbeil@utrgv.edu Brownsville
    BMAIN 1.318
  • Higher Education Teaching

    The mission on the Graduate College in Higher Education Teaching is to equip faculty, adjunct, and teaching assistants in higher education and other learning organizations develop knowledge and skills associated with high-impact teaching while advancing their careers in the rapidly changing professional landscape of adult learning.

    Learn more about the Higher Education Teaching certificate program.

    Digital Literacy Leader Certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Janine M. Schall
    Digital Literacy Leader Certificate Program Coordinator/
    Professor
    665-5227 janine.schall@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.514
  • Master Reading Teacher

    Important Notice: The State of Texas is phasing out Master Reading Teacher certification effective Sept. 1, 2019; therefore, this program is no longer accepting applications. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Janine M. Schall at janine.schall@utrgv.edu.

    Learn about reading development, teaching, and learning! This program prepares students to take the Texas Master Reading Teacher TxMAT exam so that they can become certified Texas K-12 Master Reading Teachers. All courses in this certificate program are part of the Reading and Literacy M.Ed. program and can be used toward the completion of that degree.

    Learn more about the Master Reading Teacher certificate program.

    Master Reading Teacher Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Fernando Hernandez
    Lecturer I
    665-7454 fernando.hernandez@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EDUC 2.524
  • Principal Certification

    This certification program prepares students for central office and principal leadership positions in school settings. The program is open to students with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or in a related field.

    Learn more about the Principal certification program.

    Principal Certification Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Alejandro Garcia
    Assistant Professor
    665-3478 alejandro.garcia@utrgv.edu EEDUC 1.620
  • Reading Specialist Certification

    Students who want to become certified K-12 Reading Specialists in the state of Texas must first complete the Reading and Literacy M.Ed. program. Once this degree is finished, they are eligible to apply for the six hour Reading Specialist Certification Program.

    The purpose of the Reading Specialist Certification Program is to produce highly knowledgeable and effective K-12 reading specialists who understand and support literacy development across multiple linguistic and cultural contexts through their work with children and in collaboration with administrators, colleagues, parents/families, and community members.

    Learn more about the Reading Specialist Certification program.

    Reading Specialist Certification Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Fernando Hernandez
    Lecturer I
    665-7475 fernando.hernandez04@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EDUC 2.524
  • Secondary Bilingual Education

    How do you teach bilingual learners at the middle and high school level? This 16 hour program develops expertise in working with secondary bilingual education students. Some courses will be taught bilingually or in Spanish.

    Most courses in this certificate program are transferrable to the Bilingual Education M.Ed.

    Learn more about the Secondary Bilingual Education certificate program.

    Secondary Bilingual Education Certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Janine M. Schall
    Associate Professor
    665-5227 janine.schall@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.514A
  • Superintendent Certification

    This certification program prepares students for superintendent positions in school settings.

    Learn more about the Superintendent Certification program.

    Superintendent Certification Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Roberto Zamora
    Assistant Professor
    665-7831 roberto.zamora@utrgv.edu EEDUC 1.620
  • Technology Leadership in Education

    This fully web-based, 9-hour accelerated graduate certificate program is geared toward providing educators with the skills and knowledge needed to be effective leaders in technology. Principals, superintendents and technology leaders currently in roles as administrators as well as teachers who seek to take more of a leadership role in their district will benefit from this certificate.

    Learn more about the Technology Leadership in Education certificate program.

    Technology Leadership in Education certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Rene Corbeil
    Professor
    882-7540 Rene.Corbeil@utrgv.edu Brownsville BMAIN 1.318
  • TxVSN Digital Literacies (Internal Graduate Certificate)

    How do you teach and assess K-12 students in online environments? This program prepares certified teachers to work in online contexts. Program completers receive the Texas Virtual Schools Network (TxVSN) Document of Completion.

    Learn more about the TxVSN Digital Literacies certificate program.

    TxVSN Digital Literacies Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Janine M. Schall
    TxVSN Digital Literacies Program Coordinator/
    Department Chair/ Associate Professor
    665-5227 janine.schall@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.514A


Doctoral Programs

  • Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D.

    The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction at UTRGV prepares educational leaders and practitioner-scholars with expertise to design and lead P-16 programs and initiatives in school districts, institutions of higher education and other educational organizations throughout Texas and nationwide. Additionally, our program provides a highly qualified pool of teacher educators, instructional designers and curriculum developers dedicated to student success for institutions of higher education throughout Texas and the nation. The Ed.D. offers face-to-face and fully online options.

    Learn more about the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

    Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Laura Jewett
    Program Coordinator
    882-8269 Laura.Jewett@utrgv.edu Brownsville
    BMAIN 2.310
  • Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

    This doctoral program prepares educational leaders to act as change agents in improving educational institutions for children, youth, and adults of all ages. Candidates are prepared for careers in a variety of educational settings: K-12, community college, or university.

    Learn more about the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

    Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Director
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Roberto A. Peña
    Professor
    665-7444 roberto.pena@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.610


Master's Programs

  • Bilingual Education, M.Ed.

    The program will provide teachers with a thorough understanding the enrichment of bilingual education programs and practices that not only meet the educational needs of native Spanish speakers, but would also provide bilingual / biliterate / bicultural enrichment opportunities for all children. The degree provides an opportunity to prepare experts in various specialized education areas to promote and support enrichment bilingual education.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Bilingual Education.

    Master of Education in Bilingual Education Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Zulmaris Diaz
    Associate Professor
    665-5362 zulmaris.diaz@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 2.610
  • Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.

    The Master of Education (MED) in Early Childhood Education is offered to professionals who aspire to develop expertise in the areas of child development, early language and literacy development, theory of development, and application of developmentally-appropriate practices. A primary outcome of the program is to advocate for the quality early education of children from diverse backgrounds.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education.

    Master of Education in Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Hilda Medrano
    Professor
    665-3891 hilda.medrano@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 2.504A
  • Educational Leadership, M.Ed.

    This program is designed to produce change-oriented administrators who can provide administrative leadership and are competent in site-based school management, organization, school law, finance, and contemporary personnel practices.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

    Master of Education in Educational Leadership Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Federico R. Guerra, Jr.
    Assistant Professor
    665-7333 federico.guerra@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.510A
  • Reading and Literacy, M.Ed.

    This program is for pre-K through grade 12 educators who want to learn more about practical and theoretical aspects of literacy development, learning, and teaching. Students enrolled in the program gain a thorough understanding of the reading process, how children learn to read and write in monolingual and bilingual contexts, and how to work with struggling readers and writers.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Reading and Literacy.

    Master of Education in Reading and Literacy Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Janine M. Schall
    Associate Professor
    665-5106 janine.schall@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.514A
  • School Psychology, M.A.

    This program prepares school psychologists to work in schools and agencies that provide treatment and educational programs for diverse populations. Students will become proficient in conducting applied and basic research; psychological and educational assessment for intervention; cognitive-behavioral-psychodynamic psychotherapy; and interdisciplinary consultation with teachers, administrators, parents, and community agencies.

    Learn more about the Master of Arts in School Psychology.

    Master of Education in School Psychology Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Nancy Razo
    Associate Professor in Practice
    665-3490 nancy.razo@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.222
  • Teacher Leadership, M.Ed.

    This 30 semester credit hours Master's of Education program is designed to prepare teachers as instructional leaders, coaches, and mentors based upon national professional standards. This program is designed to respond directly to a growth-sector need identified through an analysis conducted collaboratively with regional community partners. This program will help graduates diversify and extend their professional brand while allowing them to market themselves as highly effective teachers who have demonstrated their ability to facilitate positive instructional effectiveness on their campus and cultivate a positive school climate.

    The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership degree is designed to provide career opportunities with specific programmed raises upon completion that keep will help to retain teachers in the South Texas region. Overall, the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership provides remunerated pathways for developing teachers’ careers and thereby ameliorates teacher retention that is so critical in the RGV region.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership.

    Master of Education in Teacher Leadership Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Velma D. Menchaca
    Professor
    665-2943 velma.menchaca@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.510


Online Programs

  • Bilingual Education, M.Ed.

    The program will provide teachers with a thorough understanding the enrichment of bilingual education programs and practices that not only meet the educational needs of native Spanish speakers, but would also provide bilingual / biliterate / bicultural enrichment opportunities for all children. The degree provides an opportunity to prepare experts in various specialized education areas to promote and support enrichment bilingual education.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Bilingual Education.

    Master of Education in Bilingual Education Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Zulmaris Diaz
    Associate Professor
    665-5362 zulmaris.diaz@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 2.610
  • Digital Literacy Leader (Graduate 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.

    Learn more about the Digital Literacy Leader certificate program.

    Digital Literacy Leader Certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Janine M. Schall
    Associate Professor
    665-5227 janine.schall@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.514A
  • Educational Technology, M.Ed.

    The Online M.Ed. in Educational Technology is a 30-hour accelerated program designed to prepare persons in K-12, higher education, corporate, and military settings to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for the classrooms and boardrooms of tomorrow. Graduates of this program will have a much better understanding of the uses of technology and how they can be applied in instructional/training settings.

    Learn more about the Master of Education in Educational Technology accelerated program.

    Master of Education in Educational Technology Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Rene Corbeil
    Professor
    882-7540 rene.corbeil@utrgv.edu Brownsville
    BMAIN 1.318
  • E-Learning (Certificate)

    This fully web-based, 12-hour accelerated graduate certificate program targets individuals interested in working as e-learning practitioners in K-12, higher education, corporate, or e-learning industries. Candidates will be able to serve as effective online educators by advancing knowledge and skills in electronic learning, both conceptual and practical; and meet changing job requirements in response to current trends in e-learning.

    Learn more about the E-Learning certificate program.

    E-Learning Certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Rene Corbeil
    Professor
    882-7540 rene.corbeil@utrgv.edu Brownsville
    BMAIN 1.318
  • Master Reading Teacher (Certificate)

    Important Notice: The State of Texas is phasing out Master Reading Teacher certification effective Sept. 1, 2019; therefore, this program is no longer accepting applications. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Janine M. Schall at janine.schall@utrgv.edu.

    Learn about reading development, teaching, and learning! This program prepares students to take the Texas Master Reading Teacher TxMAT exam so that they can become certified Texas K-12 Master Reading Teachers. All courses in this certificate program are part of the Reading and Literacy M.Ed. program and can be used toward the completion of that degree.

    Learn more about the Master Reading Teacher certificate program.

    Master Reading Teacher Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Fernando Hernandez
    Lecturer I
    665-7454 fernando.hernandez@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EDUC 2.524
  • Technology Leadership in Education (Certificate)

    This fully web-based, 9-hour accelerated graduate certificate program is geared toward providing educators with the skills and knowledge needed to be effective leaders in technology. Principals, superintendents and technology leaders currently in roles as administrators as well as teachers who seek to take more of a leadership role in their district will benefit from this certificate.

    Learn more about the Technology Leadership in Education certificate program.

    Technology Leadership in Education certificate Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Rene Corbeil
    Professor
    882-7540 Rene.Corbeil@utrgv.edu Brownsville BMAIN 1.318
  • TxVSN Digital Literacies (Internal Graduate Certificate)

    How do you teach and assess K-12 students in online environments? This program prepares certified teachers to work in online contexts. Program completers receive the Texas Virtual Schools Network (TxVSN) Document of Completion.

    Learn more about the TxVSN Digital Literacies certificate program.

    TxVSN Digital Literacies Program Coordinator
    Name Phone (956) Email Campus
    Dr. Janine M. Schall
    TxVSN Digital Literacies Program Coordinator/
    Department Chair/ Associate Professor
    665-5227 janine.schall@utrgv.edu Edinburg
    EEDUC 1.514A