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B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies - Grades 4-8 Bilingual Core Subjects Certification

Bicultural-Bilingual Studies  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4-8 Bilingual Core Subjects Certification Concentration) program prepares students to pursue a career as an educator in a fourth through eight 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 grades 4–8 bilingual core subjects certification is 132, 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

1. Required Courses:
BIO 1233  Contemporary Biology I
EDP 3303  Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4-8)
EDU 2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society
GES 1023  World Regional Geography
HIS 1053  United States History: Civil War Era to Present
HIS 2053  Texas History
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 1023  College Algebra with Applications
MAT 1093  Precalculus
MAT 1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
MAT 1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II
MAT 1214  Calculus I
LTED 3523  Reading for Teachers Grades 4-8
LTED 3633  Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas Grades 4-8
SPE 3603  Introduction to Special Education

2. Level One or Level Two Science courses in a different discipline from science courses taken for Core Curriculum requirement.

3. Select one of the following: 1
BBL 4003  Spanish for Bilingual Instructional Delivery
SPN 3063  Grammar and Composition
SPN 4003  Advanced Language Skills

Certification Requirements

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

A. Required courses
BBL 3053  Foundations of Bilingual Studies
BBL 3133  Language Development in Bilinguals
ESL 3053  Literacy in a Second Language
ESL 3063  Second Language Teaching and Learning for Grades 4–8 and 7–12

B. Professional Education courses
The following courses require an advisor code and are restricted to students who have applied 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* 
C&I 4433  Approaches to Teaching Science Grades 4-8
or C&I 4443  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics Grades 4-8
C&I 4603  Classroom Management Strategies Grades 4-8
C&I 4626  Clinical Teaching: Grades 4-8

*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 a fourth through eighth 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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