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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Early Childhood–Grade 6 Bilingual Generalist Certification Concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree with early childhood–grade 6 bilingual generalist certification is 128, 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 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 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 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.

Degree Requirements (41 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 (26 semester credit hours):

    ECE  3313  Play, Creativity, and Learning
    EDU  2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society
    IDS  2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
    IDS  2403  Physical Science
    IDS  2413  Earth Systems Science
    IDS  3201  Inquiry in Physical Science
    IDS  3211  Inquiry in Earth Systems Science
    MAT  1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
    MAT  1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II
    SPE  3603  Introduction to Special Education

Certification Requirements (48 semester credit hours)

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

  1. Early Childhood–Grade 6 Bilingual Generalist courses (24 semester credit hours):

    BBL  3013  Language Analysis and Bilingualism

    BBL  3023  Mexican American Culture
    or
    BBL  3033  Mexican Americans in the Southwest

    BBL  3053  Foundations of Bilingual Studies (prerequisite to BBL 4033, BBL 4063, BBL 4073, and BBL 4403)
    BBL  3133  Language Development in Bilinguals
    BBL  3143  Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners
    ESL  3023  Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6
    ESL  3053  Literacy in a Second Language

    RDG  4833  Organizing Reading Programs for Differentiated Instruction–EC–6 (recommended)
    or
    RDG  3803  Writing Development and Processes

  2. Professional Education courses (24 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.

    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
    BBL  4353   Approaches to Teaching Science EC–6
    BBL  4403*  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC–6
    C&I  4616   Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6
    RDG  3823   Reading Comprehension–EC–6

    *concurrent enrollment

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Early Childhood–Grade 6 Bilingual Generalist Certification Concentration — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

YEAR 1
Fall SpringSummer
BIO 1233 (core) 3 AST 1033 or PHY 1013 (core) 3ECO 2003 (core) 3
HIS 1053 (core) 3 HIS 2053 (core) 3 IDS 2213 (core) 3
MAT 1023 (core) 3 IDS 2013 3 POL 1133 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 IDS 2113 (core and major) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 9
YEAR 2
Fall Spring Summer
BBL 2023 (core) 3 BBL 3053 3 IDS 2413 3
EDU 2103 3 IDS 2403 3 IDS 3211 1
IDS 2303 or 2313 (core) 3 IDS 3123 3 RDG 4833 or 3803 3
IDS 3013 3 IDS 3201 1 SPE 3603 3
MAT 1153 3 MAT 1163 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 13 Total semester hours 10
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
YEAR 3
Fall SpringSummer
BBL 3013 3 BBL 3023 or 3033 3 IDS 3713 3
BBL 3133 3 BBL 3143 3    
ECE 3313 3 BBL 4353 3    
ESL 3023 3 ESL 3053 3    
IDS 3003 3 RDG 3823 3    
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 3
YEAR 4
Fall Spring
BBL 4033* 3 C&I 4616 6
BBL 4063* 3    
BBL 4073* 3    
BBL 4403* 3    
Total semester hours 12 Total semester hours 6

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