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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8 Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies Certification Concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required 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.

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 and BIO 1243 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Natural Sciences. All IDS majors must complete AIS 1203, and either AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 is recommended to satisfy the core requirements in Language, Philosophy and Culture. HIS 2053 is recommended to satisfy a core requirement in American History. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. MAS 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts. COM 2113 is recommended to satisfy the Component Area Option.

IDS Degree Requirements (33 semester credit hours)

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

    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

  2. IDS Support Courses (18 semester credit hours):

    BBL  3403  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
    IDS  2403  Physical Science
    IDS  2413  Earth Systems Science
    GRG 1013  Fundamentals of Geography
    MAT 1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
    MAT 1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II

Certification Requirements (30 semester credit hours)

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 Acquisition in Early Adolescence
IDS   2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
RDG  3523  Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8
RDG  3633  Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–8
RDG  3803  Writing Development and Processes
SPE  3603  Introduction to Special Education

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

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

Professional Education Requirements (18 semester credit hours)

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  4553  Approaches to Service-Learning in Social Studies–Grades 4–8
C&I  4603  Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8
C&I  4623  Applied Teaching: Grades 4–8
C&I  4626  Student Teaching: Grades 4–8


B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Grades 4–8 Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies Certification Concentration — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1023 College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core (BIO 1233 recommended)   3
American History Core (HIS 1053 recommended)   3
Spring
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core ) 3
IDS 2113 Society and Social Issues (core) 3
IDS 2013 Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core (BIO 1243 recommended)   3
American History Core (HIS 2053 recommended)   3
Summer
IDS 2403 or IDS 3234 Physical Science 3
IDS 2413 or IDS 3224 Earth Systems Science 3
Second Year
Fall
EDU 2103 Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
IDS 3003 STEM in Social Contexts 3
MAT 1153 Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core (AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 recommended)   3
Spring
IDS 3013 Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 1163 Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society(core) 3
Component Area Option Core (COM 2113 recommended)   3
Creative Arts Core (MAS 2023 recommended)   3
Third Year
Fall
ESL 3063 Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence 3
GRG 1013 Fundamentals of Geography 3
IDS 3713 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
IDS 3123 Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
RDG 3803 Writing Development and Processes 3
Spring
BBL 3403 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society 3
EDP 3303 Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8) 3
RDG 3523 Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8 3
RDG 3633 Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–8 3
SPE 3603 Introduction to Special Education 3
Summer
EDP 4203 Assessment and Evaluation 3
Fourth Year
Fall
RDG 3533 Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–8 * 3
C&I 4543 Approaches to Teaching Social Studies–Grades 4–8 * 3
C&I 4553 Approaches to Service-Learning in Social Studies–Grades 4–8 * 3
C&I 4603 Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8 * 3
C&I 4623 Applied Teaching: Grades 4-8 * 3
Spring
C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8 ** 6
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* Admission to the Teacher Certification Program is required. Courses must be taken concurrently.

** A grade of "C-" or better is required to be recommended for the Teacher Certificate.

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