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curriculum and instruction - 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.

International Students

International students wishing to pursue online degrees are not eligible for an F1 or F3 student visa.

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