Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Content

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8 Bilingual Generalist Certification Concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree with grades 4–8 bilingual generalist certification is 133, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Spanish language proficiency requirement: Proficiency in oral and written Spanish at the advanced level is a requirement for bilingual generalist coursework and certification at UTSA. Students are required to complete the ALPS (Assessment for Language Proficiency in Spanish) prior to admission to the bilingual generalist certification program.

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 pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 should be used to satisfy a core requirement in Natural Sciences. IDS 2303 or IDS 2313 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Literature. BBL 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Visual and Performing Arts. HIS 1053 and HIS 2053 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in United States History and Diversity. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Science. ECO 2003 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Economics. IDS 2213 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in World Society and Issues.

Degree Requirements (76 semester credit hours)

  1. IDS Core Courses (15 semester credit hours):

    IDS  2113  Society and Social Issues
    IDS  3003  Science and Humanity
    IDS  3013  Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences
    IDS  3123  Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts
    IDS  3713  Interdisciplinary Inquiry

  2. IDS Support Courses (61 semester credit hours):

    1. 55 semester credit hours of required courses:

      BIO  1233  Contemporary Biology I
      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
      GRG  1023  World Regional Geography
      HIS  1053  United States History: Civil War Era to Present
      HIS  2053  Texas History
      IDS  2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
      IDS  2213  World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century
      IDS  2403  Physical Science
      IDS  2413  Earth Systems Science

      IDS  3201  Inquiry in Physical Science
      IDS  3211  Inquiry in Earth Systems Science

      MAT  1023  College Algebra with Applications
      MAT  1093  Precalculus
      MAT  1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
      MAT  1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II
      MAT  1203  Calculus Concepts and Applications
      RDG  3523  Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8
      RDG  3633  Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–8
      SPE  3603  Introduction to Special Education

    2. 3 semester credit hours from Level One or Level Two Science courses in a different discipline from science courses taken for Core Curriculum requirement.

    3. 3 semester credit hours from the following:*

      BBL  4003  Spanish for Bilingual Instructional Delivery             
      SPN  3063  Grammar and Composition
      SPN  4003  Advanced Language Skills

      *Students must complete one of the three listed courses with a grade of “C-” or higher. Grades of “CR” received from a Challenge Examination of a UTSA course or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) will not be accepted.

Certification Requirements (33 semester credit hours)

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements must be satisfied before enrollment in Certification, Professional Education, and Student Teaching coursework.

  1. 12 semester credit hours of required courses:

    BBL  3053  Foundations of Bilingual Studies
    BBL  3133  Language Development in Bilinguals
    ESL  3053  Literacy in a Second Language
    ESL  3063  Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence

  2. Professional Education courses (21 semester credit hours):

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

    BBL  4033*  Assessment, Learning, and Motivation in Bicultural-Bilingual Classrooms
    BBL  4063*  Bilingual Approaches to Content-Based Learning
    BBL  4073*  Language Arts in a Bicultural-Bilingual Program

    C&I  4433  Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–8
    C&I  4443  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–8

    C&I  4603  Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8
    C&I  4626  Student Teaching: Grades 4–8

    *concurrent enrollment

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Grades 4–8 Bilingual Generalist Certification Concentration — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

Fall SpringSummer
BBL 2023 (core) 3 HIS 2053 (core and major) 3ECO 2003 (core) 3
BIO 1233 (core and major) 3 IDS 2013 3 IDS 2403 3
HIS 1053 (core and major) 3 IDS 2113 (core and major) 3 POL 1013 (core) 3
MAT 1023 (core and major) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 Natural Sciences Level II core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 9
Fall Spring Summer
EDU 2103 3 IDS 3013 3 GRG 1023 3
IDS 2303 or 2313 (core) 3 IDS 3123 3 IDS 2213 (core and major) 3
IDS 2413 3 MAT 1163 3 SPE 3603 3
MAT 1093 3 MAT 1203 3 Natural Sciences Level I or II 3
MAT 1153 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 12
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
Fall Spring
BBL 3053 3 BBL 3133 3
EDP 3303 3 ESL 3053 3
ESL 3063 3 IDS 3713 3
IDS 3003 3 RDG 3523 3
IDS 3201 or 3211 1 RDG 3633 3
BBL 4003 or SPN 3063
or SPN 4003
Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 15
Fall Spring
BBL 4033* 3 C&I 4626 6
BBL 4063* 3    
BBL 4073* 3    
C&I 4433 or 4443 3    
C&I 4603 3    
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 6

* Must be taken concurrently.

Back to Top