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Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction with a Bilingual Emphasis via Videoconferencing


Research has shown that students studying in English do better academically when they are provided with high quality bilingual and ESL/EFL programs.

Educators across the country need to understand that bilingualism is not only an asset, but is essential for success in a global society.

In order to compete politically, economically, socially, and academically all students must be bilingual or, at the very least, they must have a level of English proficiency to allow them to compete in an English-speaking world.

The Department of Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies and the Department of Teaching and Innovation in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Brownsville is offering a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Bilingual Studies to meet the 21st century needs of the ELL population locally and the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) populations beyond.


The courses are conducted from the University of Texas at Brownsville via videoconference and students’ written assignments are done electronically. UTB has a very sophisticated web-based system, Blackboard, that all students would have access to assignments and interaction with each other and bilingual students elsewhere.

Student interaction also takes place through discussion board via Blackboard. All student assignments are posted on Blackboard and professors respond electronically.

The University of Texas at Brownsville is offering the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program with a specialization in Bilingual Studies via synchronous, face-to-face videoconference and limited online coursework beginning Fall, 2012. The program consists of 66 units. Students take two courses each semester plus three courses in the summer for a total of seven courses or 21 units per year. The coursework would, then, take three and one half years to complete with additional time to complete the dissertation.

Curriculum Core 27 units (9 courses)
EDCI 8300 Advanced Research Methods in Education
EDCI 8301 Qualitative Research
EDCI 8302 Quantitative Research
EDCI 8320 Advanced Curriculum Instructional Design and Development
EDCI 8321 Adult Learning Strategies
EDCI 8322 Sociological Applications for Education
EDCI 8323 Advanced Models of Teaching
EDCI 8324 Literacy Across the Curriculum
EDCI 8326 Teacher Leadership in Education

Bilingual Studies Specialization 15 units (5 courses)
BILC 8340 History, Politics, and Models of Bilingual Education
BILC 8341 Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition
BILC 8342 Content Area Instruction in Bilingual Programs
BILC 8344 Language Use in Bilingual Classrooms
BILC 8346 Issues and Assessment in Bilingual/ESL Programs

Electives 12 units (4 courses)
Courses to be negotiated with faculty and students

Dissertation 12 units (4 courses)
EDCI 8380 Dissertation
EDCI 8381 Dissertation
EDCI 8390 Dissertation
EDCI 8391 Dissertation


Dr. Peter Gawenda, Coordinator of the Doctor of Education C&I
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