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Learn How to Earn Your Doctorate of Education at UTB at Information Session

The College of Education at The University of Texas at Brownsville will host an information session for prospective students interested in joining its fall 2013 cohort from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9  at the Education and Business Complex Building Room 2.402.


Sandra Rodriguez 
Dr. Sandra Rodriguez received her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction during Winter Commencement.

Professors from the Doctorate of Education Curriculum and Instruction Program will be at the information meeting to provide students information about the requirements, guidelines and application deadlines for the program.  


According to the College of Education, doctoral candidates in the Curriculum and Instruction Program can specialize in a variety of areas including early childhood education, bilingual studies, education leadership, educational technology, higher education teaching and literacy.


The specialization areas targeted during this information session are education leadership, education technology and higher education technology.  

A recent graduate of the program, Sandra Rodriguez, 56, received her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction during the 2012 Winter Commencement.


“I pursued this degree to continue my love of learning and to provide my children with the knowledge that anyone, at any age, can get a doctorate degree if they are willing to dedicate time and effort,” said Rodriguez who worked as administrator for special programs for Point Isabel Independent School District. 

Rodriguez was one of the three Doctor of Education degree recipients at Commencement. The other recipients were Angela M. Gonzalez, a social studies specialist for curriculum and instruction at Harlingen Independent School District; and Miriam Guerra, the principal at C.E. Vail Elementary in the La Feria Independent School District.


Rodriguez plans to pursue a superintendent’s position with her degree, one of the many avenues that opened up as a result of her achievement. During her time spent pursuing her degree, Rodriguez focused her research on English language learners in academic settings.

“I plan to use my newly learned knowledge and experiences to help the teachers of our district understand the unique needs of these students,” Rodriguez said. 

The application deadline for the program for the fall semester is Monday, April 1.

For more information on the information session, contact Dr. Peter Gawenda at or call 956 882-5769.

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