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October 22, 2016
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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


Special General Advisement Sessions

Questions about Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree plans with specializations in early childhood, bilingual education or special education? Questions regarding Fall 2015 Teacher Education Program Admission Requirements? Questions about Fall 2015 schedule?

Special Advisement Sessions have been scheduled on Monday, June 1st 12-1 p.m. EDUC 1.102 and Tuesday, June 2nd 12-1 p.m. EDUC 1.102. All students invited to attend. For information contact Office of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Criselda Garcia,
(*These are for advisement purposes only and do not replace official degree plans on DegreeWorks).


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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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