Doctoral Specializations

The objective of the Doctor in Education Curriculum and Instruction program is to advance highly skilled educational professionals poised to transform local, regional and national systems of educational opportunity through innovative models of teaching & learning, cutting-edge research, and dynamic collaboration.

Bilingual Studies (Available 100% Online).

The Specialization in Bilingual Studies prepares highly qualified bilingual and ESL/EFL educators, supervisors, administrators, and curriculum developers with the knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership in the area of bilingual and ESL education. Emphasis is given to understand the value of bilingualism and biliteracy and the appreciation for other languages and cultures. The program emphasizes research in bilingualism, biliteracy, curriculum development of ESL and dual language programs, and teaching for social justice in linguistically and culturally diverse communities.

For more information about this program please contact:

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Dr. Sandra Musanti
Faculty Lead
882-5738 Sandra.Musanti@utrgv.edu Brownsville
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Early Childhood

The Early Childhood specialization is designed to create highly skilled professionals who meet the educational needs of researchers and teacher educators in an intercultural world. The students will improve their investigative and instructional skills in early childhood education settings striving for cutting edge research that is responsive to diverse community and regional needs. Courses, field experiences, and research studies are complemented with progressively more involved curricula encompassing young children in group settings within public and private settings. Such training is the best possible preparation for careers in higher education, in schools as educational leaders and in child-related agencies such as mental health agencies, hospitals, and related fields.

For more information about this program please contact:

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Dr. Vejoya Viren
Faculty Lead
882-8886 Vejoya.Viren@utrgv.edu Brownsville
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Educational Technology (Available 100% Online)

With a focus on e-Learning, the specialization in Educational Technology will further enhance candidates' career opportunities in the PK-12, higher education, business and corporate arenas by enabling them to design, develop, and teach courses through Web-based instruction (e-learning). This program allows students to acquire knowledge and skills in the areas of instructional systems design, learning and instructional theories, and development of Web-based and interactive multimedia learning environments using various state-of-art technology-based systems. The Educational Technology courses are offered 100% online. Visit http://utrgv.edu/edtech for more information.

For more information about this program please contact:

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Rene Corbeil, Ed.D.
Faculty Lead
882-7540 Rene.Corbeil@utrgv.edu Brownsville
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Higher Education Teaching

This specialization is designed for scholar-practitioners. Graduates will possess the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for investigating, understanding, and shaping dynamic relations among students, institutions of higher education, and society. Graduates pursue careers in public education (such as dual enrollment teaching), community colleges, four-year colleges, universities, corporate-sponsored education, and research centers. Students coming to this program have diverse backgrounds.

For more information about this program please contact:

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Dr. Irma Jones
Faculty Lead
882-7125 Irma.Jones@utrgv.edu Brownsville
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Literacy

The specialization in Literacy prepares highly qualified educators with the knowledge and skills to provide leadership, research, and instruction in reading and 21st century literacies. The purpose is to augment candidates’ professional knowledge and skills in literacy-related theories, models, research, historical trends, transnational and border issues, policy, leadership, community and family literacy, digital literacies, and critical literacies.

For more information about this program please contact:

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Dr. Kathy Bussert-Webb
Faculty Lead
882-7595 Kathy.BussertWebb@utrgv.edu Brownsville
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Mathematics Education

The Mathematics specialization is designed so that graduates receive a foundation in research and best teaching practices in mathematics education through a research-based degree program that emphasizes mathematics learning with understanding and how to advance mathematics performance for all students. The program includes mathematics education theory, involvement with research, and writing and presenting. Graduates would be able to obtain faculty positions in mathematics education at colleges and universities, or leadership positions in school districts as curriculum specialists.

For more information about this program please contact:

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Dr. James Telese
Faculty Lead
882-7669 James.Telese@utrgv.edu Brownsville
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Science Education

The Specialization in Science Education provides master teachers with a strong foundation in curriculum leadership and scholarship to strengthen science education reform and innovation in K-12 settings. Graduates from this degree will be able to investigate, develop, and implement rigorous and relevant science programs that meet the changing landscape of curriculum reform. Furthermore, the specialization emphasizes studies that explore access for a diverse student population that must be ready to enter a scientifically and technologically literate world.

For more information about this program please contact:

Name Phone (956) Email Campus
Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez
Faculty Lead
882-7255 Reynaldo.Ramirez@utrgv.edu Brownsville
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