For Immediate Release
November 15, 2006

UTB/TSC One Step Closer to Having its First Doctorate Degree


The School of Education at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is one step closer to offering a doctoral degree in education.


At their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15 , the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System gave approval for UTB/TSC to move forward in its plans to implement a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in bilingual education.  The approval now allows the university to present a full doctoral proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for final approval.


If the Coordinating Board gives approval, UTB/TSC could begin offering the doctorate in the fall of 2007.


"We are very pleased with this approval from the University of Texas System Board of Regents," said Dr. Carl A. Stockton, Dean of the School of Education.  "I would like to thank the UT System, the Chancellor, and especially President Garcia for her support of our proposal.  I would also like to thank the faculty and staff in the School of Education for their dedication and hard work over the last two years."


This year over 5,000 students or one-third of all students enrolled at UTB/TSC take classes in the School of Education. As a foundation for the doctorate program, currently, the university offers 12 master’s programs and 16 undergraduate degrees leading to teacher certification.


“The offering of this doctorate degree responds to a serious shortage of qualified educators with doctorates in Curriculum and Instruction to provide leadership in pre-K through16 education in South Texas. The more qualified our educational leaders become, the more likely our students are to become successful themselves.”


The next step is to proceed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to seek final approval to offer the new degree at their July meeting.


“Even though we are still months away from being able to offer this new degree, every day we receive calls from qualified candidates eager to apply and have the opportunity to continue their education and upgrade their skills,” said Stockton. “Already, we have had over one hundred inquiries about the possibility of applying to the new doctoral program." 


Should approval occur, the degree would become available to students in South Texas as early as September 2007.