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Digital Literacy Leader Certificate



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Digital Literacy Leader Certificate

Format: Online

Program Description:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Digital Literacy Leader Certificate is a 15-credit online program that prepares teachers to provide leadership in the area of digital literacy development.


  • K-12 Teacher
  • Educational Technology Consultant and Liaison
  • Independent School District Specialist
  • Independent School District Staff Development
  • Consulting and Training
  • Regional Educational Service Center Staff
  • Texas Education Agency Staff
  • Developmental Education Instructor of Children or Adults (GED, ESL, and Tutorial programs)



Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

  1. Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at 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 The university application fee of $50 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.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).


Students whose native language is not English or who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

  • 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.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). 


Application Deadlines


  • Fall - Jul 1
  • Sring - Nov 15


Note: Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.


All courses are offered by UT Rio Grande Valley.

  • EDTC 6341 Student-Centered Learning Using Technology
  • EDTC 6342 Technology Leadership
  • RLIT 6301 Digital Literacies and Reading for Young Children
  • RLIT 6302 Adolescent Digital Literacy and Reading
  • RLIT 6308 Digital Literacies and Reading Leadership



UT Rio Grande Valley

Kathy Bussert-Webb, PhD
Program Director, Professor
(956) 882-7595

Certificate Awarded: Digital Literacy Leader Certificate


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 15

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $353 in-state; $743 out-of-state USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Large City

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