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B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies - Early Childhood-Grade 6 Bilingual Core Subjects Certification

Bicultural-Bilingual Studies  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Early Childhood-Grade 6 Bilingual Core Subjects Certification Concentration) program prepares students to pursue a career as an educator in an early childhood through sixth grade bilingual classroom setting. 

Program Options

Core Curriculum requirements

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with teacher certification must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree with early childhood-grade 6 bilingual generalist certification is 128, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.

Spanish language proficiency requirement: Proficiency in oral and written Spanish at the advanced level is a requirement for bilingual generalist coursework and certification at UTSA. Students are required to complete the ALPS (Assessment for Language Proficiency in Spanish) prior to admission to the bilingual generalist certification program.

IDS Degree Requirements

A. IDS Core courses

IDS 2113  Society and Social Issues 

IDS 3003  STEM in Social Contexts 

IDS 3013  Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 

IDS 3123  Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 

IDS 3713  Interdisciplinary Inquiry

B. IDS Support courses

ECE 3313  Play, Creativity, and Learning 

EDU 2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society

IDS 2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society

IDS 2403 & IDS 3201  Physical Science and Inquiry in Physical Science

or IDS 3234  Investigations in Physical Science

IDS 2413 & IDS 3211  Earth Systems Science and Inquiry in Earth Systems Science

or IDS 3224  Earth Systems Science Investigations

MAT 1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I 

MAT 1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II 

SPE 3603  Introduction to Special Education

Certification Requirements

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements must be satisfied before enrollment in Certification, Professional Education, and Clinical Teaching coursework.

A. Early Childhood- Grade 6 Bilingual Core Subjects courses

BBL 3013  Language Analysis and Bilingualism

BBL 3023  Mexican American Culture

or BBL 3033  Mexican Americans in the Southwest

BBL 3053  Foundations of Bilingual Studies (prerequisite to BBL 4033, BBL 4063, BBL 4073, and BBL 4403)

BBL 3133  Language Development in Bilinguals

BBL 3143  Children's Literature for Bilingual Learners

ESL 3023  Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC-6

ESL 3053  Literacy in a Second Language

LTED 3813  Writing Development and Instruction-EC–6

B. Professional Education courses
The following courses require an advisor code and are restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.

BBL 3823  Reading Comprehension in Bilingual Settings

BBL 4033  Assessment, Learning, and Motivation in Bicultural-Bilingual Classrooms*

BBL 4063  Bilingual Approaches to Content-Based Learning*

BBL 4073  Language Arts in a Bicultural-Bilingual Program*

BBL 4353  Approaches to Teaching Science EC-6

BBL 4403  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC-6*

C&I 4616  Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood-Grade 6

*concurrent enrollment

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the program, graduate from the university, and obtain their teacher certification will be able to pursue a career as an educator in an early childhood through sixth grade bilingual classroom.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended (previous college experience). In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

Requirements for Admission to The University of Texas at San Antonio:


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