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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 126, 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 is recommended to satisfy the Level One core requirement in Natural Sciences. IDS 2303 or IDS 2313 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Literature. HIS 1053 and HIS 2053 are recommended to satisfy the core requirement in United States History and Diversity. POL 1133 is recommended to satisfy a core requirement in Political Science. 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 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in World Society and Issues.

IDS Degree Requirements (39 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 (24 semester credit hours):

    IDS  2083  Technology for Learning and Teaching
    IDS  2213  World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century
    IDS  2403  Physical Science
    IDS  2413  Earth Systems Science
    GRG 1013  Fundamentals of Geography
    GRG  1023  World Regional Geography
    MAT  1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
    MAT  1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II

Certification Requirements (30 semester credit hours)

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
ESL  3063  Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence
IDS  2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
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  3523  Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8
RDG  3533  Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines-Grades 4-8
RDG  3633  Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–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  4533  Language Arts and Social Studies Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8
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  4626  Student Teaching: Grades 4–8
EDP  4203  Assessment and Evaluation


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

YEAR 1
Fall SpringSummer
BIO 1233 (core) 3 HIS 2053 (core) 3IDS 2403 or 3234 3
HIS 1053 (core) 3 IDS 2013 3 IDS 2413 or 3224 3
MAT 1023 (core) 3 IDS 2113 (core and major) 3    
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Visual & Performing Arts core 3 Natural Sciences Level II core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 6
YEAR 2
Fall Spring Summer
EDU 2103 3 GRG 1023 3 IDS 2213 (core and major) 3
IDS 2303 or 2313 (core) 3 IDS 3013 3 ECO 2003 (core) 3
IDS 3003 3 IDS 3123 3    
MAT 1153 3 MAT 1163 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 POL 1133 (core) 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 6
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
YEAR 3
Fall Spring
ESL 3063 3 BBL 3403 3
GRG 1013 3 EDP 3303 3
IDS 2083 3 RDG 3523 3
IDS 3713 3 RDG 3633 3
RDG 3803 3 SPE 3603 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
YEAR 4
Fall Spring
C&I 4533* 3 C&I 4626 6
C&I 4543* 3    
C&I 4553* 3    
EDP 4203* 3    
RDG 3533* 3    
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 6

* Must be taken concurrently.

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