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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction emphasis in Digital Literacy

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare master teachers and graduates with instructional leadership skills. It has three major objectives:

  • 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. An e-portfolio is required. 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). For course descriptions and other information related to graduate studies visit our website at


Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research is required for graduate admission. Specific criteria for unconditional admission for master’s degree seeking students in curriculum and instruction are:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or over 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
  • Applicants whose undergraduate GPA in the last 60 credit hours is less than 3.0 must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores above 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical
  • Curriculum Vita or Resume

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be considered for Conditional admission. Up to 10 percent of total applicants can be admitted Conditional, with the approval of the college dean.

36-HOUR non-thesis program

For course descriptions and other information related to graduate studies, visit

Required Core: (9 hours)

EDFR 6300 Foundations of Research in Education
EPSY 6304 Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development
EDFR 6388 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education

Prescribed Electives: (15 hours)
EDCI 7334 Curriculum Development - Problems and Processes
EDCI 6367 Statistical Methods
EDTC 6340 Applications of Adv. Technologies in the Pk-12 Classroom
EDTC 6341 Student Centered Learning Using Technology
EDTC 6342 Technology Leadership

Specialization: (12 hours)
EDLI 6310 Emergent Print and Digital Literacy Research, Instruction, and Leadership for Emergent Bilinguals
EDLI 6320 Adolescent Print and Digital Literacy Instruction and Leadership for Emergent Bilinguals
EDLI 6330 Diverse Learner Print and Digital Issues, Instruction, and Leadership
EDLI 6360 Assessment Practices and Leadership in Print and Digital Literacies for Diverse Learners Completion of E-Portfolio.

contact information

Dr. Jacqueline B. Koonce, Advisor
Main 2.110 | 956-882-6516

Office of Graduate Studies
University Boulevard
Classroom Building 1.202
Phone: 956-882-6552
Fax: 956-882-7279

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