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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. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with Grades 4–8 ESL certification is 129–132, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Program Options

Core Curriculum requirements
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8 ESL certification concentration) 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 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 and either AST 1033 or PHY 1013 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences. BBL 2003 is recommended to satisfy the Component Area Option. MAS 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts. HIS 1053 and HIS 2053 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in American History. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. A foreign language course should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture if it is needed to meet the language requirement, otherwise AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 are recommended.

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 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

C. Language Requirement

Documented oral communication skills in a language other than English at the intermediate level (2000 level). Courses include, but are not limited to: ASL, CHN, FRN, GER, ITL, JPN, RUS, SPN at 2013 level and SPN 2003 Spanish for Elementary Education. Grades of “CR” received from a Challenge Examination of a UTSA course in which student demonstrates oral communication skills in a language other than English will be accepted.

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
ENG 3333 Introduction to the Structure of English
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 Acquisition in Early Adolescence
ESL 4013 Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition

B. Other Certification Courses
BBL 3403 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
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
RDG 3523 Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8
RDG 3803 Writing Development and Processes
SPE 3603 Introduction to Special Education
RDG 3633 Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–8 (this course requires admission to the teacher certification program)
or RDG 3533 Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–8

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 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8 6
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:

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