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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

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

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Early Childhood-Grade 6 Core Subjects Certification) prepares students to pursue a career as an educator in an early childhood through sixth grade setting. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with Early Childhood-Grade 6 Core Subjects Certification is 125, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Program Options

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with teacher certification must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.

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

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 

Certification Requirements

BBL 3403  Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling

ECE 3143  Child Growth and Development

ECE 3313  Play, Creativity, and Learning

ECE 3603  Language and Literacy Acquisition

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

ESL 3023  Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC-6

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

LTED 3513  Children's Literature EC-6

LTED 3813  Writing Development and Instruction EC-6

SPE 3603  Introduction to Special Education

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

LTED 3823  Reading Comprehension EC-6

LTED 4833  Organizing Literacy Programs for Differentiated Instruction EC-6

Professional Education Requirements

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

C&I 4303  Approaches to Teaching Social Studies Incorporating Language Arts and Fine Arts EC-6

C&I 4353  Approaches to Teaching Science EC-6

C&I 4403  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC-6

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

ECE 4143  Principles and Practices of Differentiated Education EC-6

ECE 4203  Assessment and Evaluation in 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 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:

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