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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

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

Bicultural-Bilingual Studies  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

Students pursuing Grades 4–8 ESL certification will complete a program of study that focuses on the content areas of reading, language arts and social studies.

Program Options

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4-8 ESL certification concentration) must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with Grades 4–8 ESL certification is 123, 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.

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 2083  Learning with Technology

IDS 2403  Physical Science

IDS 2413  Earth Systems Science

MAT 1023  College Algebra with Applications

MAT 1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I 

MAT 1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II

Select two of the following:

BBL 2243  Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools
BBL 3033  Mexican Americans in the Southwest
MAS 3413  Mexican American Family
SOC 3043  Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 3283  Poverty
SOC 3423  Mass Media in Society

Certification Requirements
Programs are subject to change without notice due to changes in the state’s certification and/or program approval requirements.
A. ESL Special Delivery System Core
ESL 3003  Language and Schooling
ESL 3033  Foundations of English as a Second Language
ESL 3053  Literacy in a Second Language
ESL 3063  Second Language Teaching and Learning for Grades 4–8 and 7–12

B. Other Certification Courses
BBL 3403  Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling
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
IDS 2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
LTED 3523  Reading for Teachers Grades 4-8
LTED 3533  Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines-Grades 4–8
or 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 

C. Professional Education Courses
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 4543  Approaches to Teaching Social Studies Grades 4-8
C&I 4626  Clinical Teaching: Grades 4-8
EDP 4203  Assessment and Evaluation
ESL 4003  Approaches to Second Language Teaching

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 English as a Second Language (ESL) educator in reading, language arts and social studies 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:

Requirements for Admission to The University of Texas at San Antonio:


Undergraduate Catalog:



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