Digital Literacy Leader (Certificate)

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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.

*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/TSC, 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.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Kathy Bussert-Webb

    Phone: (956) 882-7595

    Office: Brownsville Campus, MAIN 2116

  • Deadlines


    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.


    • This program only admits applicants during Fall and Spring semesters.
    • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.
  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 12
    RLIT 6301: Digital Literacies and Reading for Young Children 3
    RLIT 6302: Adolescent Digital Literacies and Reading 3
    RLIT 6303: Diverse Learner Digital Literacies and Reading 3
    RLIT 6308: Digital Literacies and Reading Leadership 3
    Total hours required for completion: 12
    *This certificate is internal to UTRGV and is not affiliated with TEA

    Course Descriptions

    RLIT 6301: Digital Literacies and Reading for Young Children               [3‐0]

    This course focuses on digital literacies for young children of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Students will research digital literacies. They will reflect on instructional practices and materials involving traditional and digital literacies, as well as how digital literacies can impact change in educational contexts.

    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 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.