New education master’s degree concentrations available

Mary Natividad

The University of Houston-Victoria is offering three new graduate-level concentrations this fall through the School of Education & Human Development.

The new programs will fill needs for counselors, adult educators, and high school and community college instructors and offer more career opportunities for students.

All three new programs require 36 graduate level hours and are available in Victoria, Sugar Land or online.

The new student affairs concentration in the master’s degree of counseling will prepare graduates for any job in student support services in academia, including career counseling, academic advising, enrollment management, and student services coordination.

“This degree is designed to qualify individuals to guide students to the next step in their professional or educational path,” said Mary Natividad, interim dean of School of Education & Human Development.

The program is available entirely online to make it available to students anywhere and allow the maximum scheduling flexibility.

The adult and higher educational leadership concentration under the master’s degree in administration & supervision will prepare graduates to take leadership roles in business, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that provide adult development opportunities.

“We all need to be lifelong learners to function in our rapidly advancing society,” said Margaret Rice, UHV chief of staff, who helped develop the program. “The days of completing your education as a young adult and then using those same skills until you retire are over.”

The curriculum will cover topics such as how people learn differently as adults and how adult learners’ experiences can be incorporated into the learning environment. Students also will learn about leadership roles in education, along with social and legal issues that can arise when teaching adult learners.

Sandy Hybner

The secondary education certificate under the master’s degree in curriculum & instruction will prepare someone to be a stronger high school teacher or a community college instructor, or to teach dual high school/college credit courses.

“We need more teachers in this region who are qualified for dual-credit courses,” said Sandy Hybner, recruitment coordinator. “Teachers with this degree also can serve as adjunct faculty members at community colleges.”

Along with advanced education classes, the curriculum includes 18 hours in the specific subject the student wishes to teach after graduation. Students can focus on English, biology, computer science, history, math or other subjects through special arrangements.

For more information on the new programs, contact Hybner at 361-570-4252 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Thomas Doyle 361-570-4342