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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies - Grades 4-8 Math/Science Certification

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4-8 Mathematics/Science Certification Concentration) program prepares students to pursue a career as a science and mathematics 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 Mathematics/Science certification is 120 hours, 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

AST 1013  Introduction to Astronomy

or AST 1033  Exploration of the Solar System

IDS 2403  Physical Science

IDS 2413  Earth Systems Science

IDS 3201  Inquiry in Physical Science

IDS 3211  Inquiry in Earth Systems Science

MAT 1093  Precalculus

MAT 2113  Functions and Modeling

MAT 3103  Data Analysis and Interpretation

MAT 3123  Fundamentals of Geometry

PHY 1603  Algebra-based Physics I

PHY 1611  Algebra-based Physics Laboratory

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 

SPE 3603  Introduction to Special Education 

LTED 3523  Reading for Teachers-Grades 4–8

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 4433  Approaches to Teaching Science Grades 4-8

C&I 4443  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics 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 mathematics and science 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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