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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (EC–12 Special Education Certification Concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with EC–12 Special Education 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 either AST 1033 or PHY 1013 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences. AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Language, Philosophy, and Culture. MAS 2023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts. 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.

IDS Degree Requirements (21 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 (6 semester credit hours):

    MAT  1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
    MAT  1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II

Certification Requirements (39 semester credit hours)

ECE   3603  Language and Literacy Acquisition
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
SPE  3693  Special Education Law

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

SPE  3623  Assessment: Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPE  3633  Classroom and Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities
SPE  3673  Assessment: Students with AU and Developmental Disabilities
SPE  3683  Special Education Across the Lifespan
SPE  4683  Communication and Collaboration in Special Education
SPE  4693  Assistive Technology

Professional Education Requirements (21 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. IDS degree requirements and IDS support courses listed above are prerequisite to enrollment in Professional Special Education courses.

SPE  3653  Practicum in Special Education (Introduction)
SPE  4623  Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
SPE  4643  Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPE  4653  Practicum in Special Education (Advanced)
SPE  4673  Instruction for Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Student Teaching (6 semester credit hours):

C&I  4716  Student Teaching: All Level EC-12


B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: EC–12 Special Education Certification Concentration — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
BIO 1233 Contemporary Biology I (core) 3
MAT 1023 College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Spring
AST 1033 or PHY 1013 Exploration of the Solar System (core) 3
HIS 2053 Texas History (core) 3
IDS 2013 Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society 3
IDS 2113 Society and Social Issues (core and major ) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Summer
AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 Introduction to African American Studies 3
MAS 2023 Latino Cultural Expressions (core) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Component Area Option core   3
Second Year
Fall
EDU 2103 Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
ESL 3023 Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6 3
IDS 3123 Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
MAT 1153 Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
RDG 3803 Writing Development and Processes 3
Spring
ECE 3603 Language and Literacy Acquisition 3
IDS 3013 Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 1163 Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
SPE 3603 Introduction to Special Education 3
SPE 3693 Special Education Law 3
Third Year
Fall
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program  
RDG 3523 Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8 3
SPE 3623 Assessment of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities * 3
SPE 3653 Practicum in Special Education (Introduction) * 3
SPE 4623 Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities * 3
SPE 4643 Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities * 3
Spring
IDS 3003 STEM in Social Contexts 3
SPE 3633 Classroom and Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities ** 3
SPE 3673 Assessment: Students with ASD and Developmental Disabilities ** 3
SPE 3683 Special Education Across the Lifespan ** 3
SPE 4673 Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities ** 3
Fourth Year
Fall
IDS 3713 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
SPE 4653 Practicum in Special Education (Advanced) *** 3
SPE 4683 Communication and Collaboration in Special Education *** 3
SPE 4693 Assistive Technology *** 3
Spring
C&I 4716 Student Teaching: All Level EC–12 6
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* Must be taken concurrently.
** Must be taken concurrently.
*** Must be taken concurrently.

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