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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies - Grades 4-8 Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4-8 Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies Concentration) program prepares students to pursue a career as a language arts, reading and/or social studies educator in a fourth through eight grade classroom setting. The minimum number of semester credit hours for the IDS degree with grades 4-8 Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies 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. 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

BBL 3403  Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling

GES 1013  Fundamentals of Geography

HIS 1043  United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (3 hours in addition to the History courses used to satisfy the core requirements)

or HIS 1053  United States History: Civil War Era to Present

or HIS 2053  Texas History

HIS 3623  History of the Civil Rights Movement

or HIS 3843  Migration and History

HIS 3123  Colonial Texas under Spanish and Mexican Rule to 1836

or GES 3153  Geography of Texas

ENG 3303  Theory and Practice of Composition

Certification Requirements

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

EDP 4203  Assessment and Evaluation 

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

ESL 3063  Second Language Teaching and Learning for Grades 4–8 and 7–12

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

LTED 3523  Reading for Teachers-Grades 4–8

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

LTED 3803  Writing Development, Processes, and Instruction-Grades 4–8 

SPE 3603  Introduction to Special Education 

The following course requires an advisor code and is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.

LTED 3533  Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines Grades 4-8

Professional Education Requirements

The following course requires an advisor code and is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.

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

C&I 4553  Approaches to Service-Learning in Social Studies Grades 4-8

C&I 4603  Classroom Management Strategies Grades 4-8

C&I 4623  Applied Teaching: Grades 4-8

C&I 4626  Clinical 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 a language arts, reading, and/or social studies educator 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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