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B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies - Early Childhood-Grade 6 Bilingual Generalist

Bicultural-Bilingual Studies  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

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

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 courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see below.

MAT 1023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 should be used to satisfy a core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences. All IDS majors must complete AIS 1203, and either AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture. MAS 2023 is recommended to satisfy a core requirement in Creative Arts. HIS 1053 and HIS 2053 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in United States History and Diversity. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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 Student Teaching coursework.

A. Early Childhood–Grade 6 Bilingual Generalist 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

RDG 3803 Writing Development and Processes

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 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 Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6
RDG 3823 Reading Comprehension–EC–6

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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