University of Texas Online Consortium

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Digital Literacy

The online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Digital Literacy (C&I/Digital Literacy), offered by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), is a 36-credit program designed to prepare master teachers and graduates with instructional leadership skills. It has three major objectives:image of people using laptop computers outside of a builiding

  • 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.

The specialization, digital literacy, involves “socially situated practices supported by skills, strategies, and stances that enable the representation and understanding of ideas using a range of modalities enabled by digital tools.” (O’Brien & Scharber, 2008, pp. 66-67)

Careers

  • K-12 teacher
  • Independent school district staff development or curriculum specialist
  • Consulting and training
  • Regional Educational Service Center or Texas Education Association staff
  • Master Technology Teacher
  • Master Reading Teacher

Admission Requirements

Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

  1. Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.ApplyTexas.org. 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.
  2. Register on the UTRGV Recommenders and Document Upload Webpage. This is where you will request recommenders and upload program requirement documents, and where the graduate office will upload your transcripts. If you do not complete this step, we will not be able to process your application.
  3. Request your transcripts and other supporting documentation to be 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

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Online application at www.ApplyTexas.org. 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 non-refundable.
  • 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. If applicant does not meet minimum undergraduate GPA criterion, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical are required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for five years.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal statement detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
  • Resume including educational background and work experience.

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

  • 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 two years. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • 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 two years. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.
  • Financial Documentation showing sufficient funds (minimum of $25,000) to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. Link to Graduate Studies Financial Documentation for additional information.
  • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. Link to Graduate Studies Current Immigration Documents for additional information.

Application Deadlines

  Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Jul 3 Nov 15 May 1 Jun 1
International Jun 1 Oct 1 Mar 1 Apr 1

Degree Plan

To earn a Master of Education in C&I/Digital Literacy from UTRGV, students must complete 36 credits according to the following degree plan:

  • Required courses - 30 credits
  • Designated electives - 6 credits
  • Capstone requirement - portfolio

Degree Options

Students enrolled in the C&I/Digital Literacy program have the option to complete additional courses and requirements to earn the following certificates:

  • Technology Leadership in Education Certificate (TLE)
    This 9-graduate credit certificate is geared toward providing skills and knowledge needed to be an effective leader 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.
  • Digital Literacy Leader Certificate
    The purpose of the 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.
  • TxVSN Digital Literacies Certificate
    Candidates must hold a valid teaching certificate. The purpose of the program is to supply schools with teachers who can teach and assess children effectively online.

Courses

Link to a list of the courses required for the degree plan. To find out when the courses will be offered, link to the Course Schedule, select UT Rio Grande Valley from the Host Campus menu, and Curriculum and Instruction (MEd) or Educational Technology (MEd) from the UTOC Program menu, and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Rio Grande Valley

Kathy Bussert-Webb, PhD

Program Director, Professor
(956) 882-7595
kathy.bussertwebb@utrgv.edu

Admissions
Degree Awarded: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Digital Literacy
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the time requirements for a course?
    The online courses in this program will require approximately the same time as a traditionally offered course. Students should plan on committing approximately 10-hours per week. All courses will follow the regular semester schedule.
  • How much will it cost?
    Links to estimated tuition and fees and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • What kind of certification will I receive?
    Receiving an MEd in C&I/Digital Literacy will NOT confer teacher certification to you from the State of Texas. To receive Texas Teacher Certification you must complete other requirements outside the scope of this program. The Texas Education Agency does provide an endorsement in Information Processing Technologies. The information processing technologies endorsement may be added to valid teacher certificates, special education certificates, or vocational education certificates that require a college degree. Some school districts require their teachers to be certified in information or communications technology in order to teach a technology-related course. This degree may satisfy the district's certification requirements. It is recommended that you consult with the school district's certification office to make sure that this degree does satisfy your district's specific requirements. The required courses in the online Technology Leadership in Education Certificate (TLE) program fit directly into the online MEd in C&I/Digital Literacy degree.
  • Can courses from a previous Master's degree apply toward this degree?
    You are allowed to transfer up to nine credits from an existing master's degree into the C&I/Digital Literacy MEd with approval from your advisor. These courses must have been taken from an accredited university within the past seven years in order to be considered.
  • Do I have to take the GRE?
    No, the GRE is no longer a requirement for admission to the MEd in C&I/Digital Literacy program if the candidate has at least a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA.
  • Do I have to take the comprehensive exam?
    No, for graduation requirements, the C&I/Digital Literacy MEd has an e-portfolio system to determine candidates’ mastery of the knowledge and skills.