Program Development

The Office of Curriculum and Student Learning guides and facilitates the development of new academic and workforce education programs at South Texas College. Faculty members interested in developing new certificates or degrees should gain approval from their Department/Program Chair and Dean before initiating the program development process. The Dean of each Instructional Division identifies the certificates, degrees, and specializations that will be developed each academic year.

The information presented on this page is an overview of the current program development process utilized by South Texas College. Faculty assigned by their division Dean as a program developer should contact the Office of Curriculum & Student Learning to schedule a meeting and discuss in detail the process for developing their proposed program.


Name E-mail Phone Location
Vacant - Dean of Curriculum & Student Learning
Cavazos, Christina - Curriculum & Student Learning Manager cycavazos 956-872-6422 Pecan D-100
Wickboldt, Kandee - Curriculum Specialist kwickbol 956-872-3494 Pecan D-100
Watkins, Seth - Curriculum Specialist sawatkin 956-872-6759 Pecan D-100


How long does the program development process take?

The process can range anywhere from 12-24 months, depending on whether the department is adding to an established program or creating a new program. Program developers are urged to contact the Office of Curriculum & Student Learning to initiate the process as soon as they are tasked with program development by their respective Dean.

My Dean has assigned me to develop a new field of study/program. What is my first step?

The first step is to contact the Office of Curriculum & Scheduling to inquire when the next available training and information session regarding Program Development will be held.

What is the difference between developing a new CIP program and developing a specialization?

A new CIP program is a program the institution is currently not offering CIP stands for Classification of Instructional Programs. A specialization does not result in a different degree but rather as a concentrated area within an established degree. Specializations must have at least 50% of the discipline’s coursework in common. For example, an institution could offer a single degree program, AAS in Hospitality Management, with two specializations, one in Hotel Management and another in Tourism.