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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies - Grades 4-8 Generalist Certification

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4-8 Generalist Certification Concentration) program prepares students to pursue a career as an educator in a fourth through eight grade classroom setting. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with grades 4–8 generalist certification is 120, 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. 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 and BIO 1243 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Natural Sciences. All IDS majors must complete AIS 1203, and either AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 is recommended to satisfy the core requirements in Language, Philosophy and Culture. HIS 2053 is recommended to satisfy a core requirement in American History. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. MAS 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts. COM 2113 is recommended to satisfy the Component Area Option. 

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

BBL 3403  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society

GRG 1013  Fundamentals of Geography

IDS 2403  Physical Science

IDS 2413  Earth Systems Science

MAT 1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I

MAT 1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II

Certification Requirements

EDP 3303  Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4-8)

EDP 4203  Assessment and Evaluation 

ESL 3063  Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence

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

RDG 3523  Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8 

RDG 3633  Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–8 

RDG 3803  Writing Development and Processes 

SPE 3603  Introduction to Special Education 

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

RDG 3533  Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–8 

Professional Education Requirements

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

C&I 4433  Approaches to Teaching Science Grades 4-8

C&I 4443  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics Grades 4-8

C&I 4543  Approaches to Teaching Social Studies Grades 4-8

C&I 4603  Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies Grades 4-8

C&I 4623 Applied Teaching: Grades 4-8

C&I 4626  Student Teaching: Grades 4-8

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 all subject areas in a fourth through eighth 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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