The University of Texas Pan-American
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May 22, 2015
Welcome to The College of Education

Changes and Opportunities as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Begins

We’re making history! The consolidation between the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas at Brownsville is an exciting time, with new opportunities for students and faculty. Our new university, the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), will officially open September 1, 2015 with expanded programs and a bright future.
Any student who has been admitted to UTPA and has taken classes Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and/or Summer 2015 and who has not graduated before September 1, 2015 will automatically be transferred to UTRGV.

Students in UTPA College of Education certification programs will also need to transfer to a UTRGV certification program. This is a separate process from the general university transfer. As we make our transition to UTRGV, read the following information to help you transfer into UTRGV teacher education and professional certification programs!

Who Needs to Transfer to UTRGV Educator Preparation or Professional Certification Programs?

Any student who has been admitted to an undergraduate Teacher Education Program or a graduate Professional Certification Program and who is currently taking courses toward that program. An important information session will be held to inform you of specific procedures and the form you'll need to complete. The transfer process will be explained and you'll be able to ask any questions.

What If I Already Graduated But Haven't Yet Gotten Certified?

If you have already graduated, but haven't yet gotten certified, we will be sending you a letter detailing the transfer process. If you still intend to pursue certification, you will need to complete a transfer form so that the UTRGV Educator Preparation Office can recommend you for the TExES exam and certification.

What If I Have Questions?

We will make every effort to contact all our current students and our graduates who have not yet been fully certified. However, if you haven't heard from us by the end of June 2015, or if you have any questions about the process, please email

Vision and Mission

College of Education Vision Statement
The COE will become a national learner-centered research College that prepares professionals with the knowledge and practical skills to transform schools and communities to participate in a global society.
Approved November 17, 2006

College of Education Mission Statement
The mission of the College of Education at the University of Texas-Pan American is to continually improve the educational process in the College and the community through teaching, research, and service. The College values the rich cultural and linguistic history of the international border area and directs its program and course offerings toward the preparation of professionals for an increasingly diverse population of learners.

Admission to Teacher Education
All undergraduate students must be admitted prior to taking education courses. Admission to Teacher Education is required for all undergraduate students seeking teacher certification. Admission requirements include minimum THEA/TASP/ACCUPLACER score and minimum credit hour requirements, as well as GPA and specific grade requirements for entrance to the program. Applicants should receive early advisement and follow application and degree plan requirements closely. Students seeking admission should contact the Office of Teacher Certification and Admission Services.

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Dr. Laura Saenz

Dr. Laura Saenz
Interim Dean of the College of Education
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Dr. Criselda Garcia

Dr. Criselda Garcia
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
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Dr. Janine Schall

Dr. Janine Schall
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
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