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Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching is to:

  • Advance the intellectual and professional development of ­students and faculty through research, ­critical reflection and ­dialogue, civic responsibility, and transformative leadership;
  • Promote equality and social justice by advocating for educational change and reform; and
  • Nurture the personal and professional integrity of all learners.

Vision Statement

To be a model interdisciplinary education program that prepares professionals to work with diverse learners in a global setting.

Core Values

The Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching will create a context of equitable access that nurtures interdisciplinary learners who embody the ­following core values:

  • Intellectual: Demonstrates content, cultural, and technological knowledge, as well as pedagogical-content knowledge;
  • Transformative: Recognizes and engages in research-based, developmentally, culturally and linguistically responsive practices, that are life-changing for all learners;
  • Inquisitive: Critically analyzes, produces, and disseminates research;
  • Critically conscious: Understands the interrelationship among socio-cultural, historical, and political contexts of U.S. education and engages in empowering practices;
  • Ethical: Exhibits ethical behavior in all their interactions with all populations; and
  • Professional: Articulates a philosophy and demonstrates a strong professional identity that respects a diverse global society.

Department Honors

The Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching awards Department Honors to certain outstanding students and provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision.

Selection for honors designation is based on the student’s academic performance and recommendation by the faculty of the student’s major discipline. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 at UTSA and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their major at UTSA. The minimum grade point averages must be maintained for students to receive the approval of the Department Honors Committee and the discipline faculty. Students applying for Department Honors are expected to enroll in the appropriate honors thesis course during their final two semesters. The completed thesis must be approved by the supervising faculty sponsor and another departmental faculty member. Students interested in this program should contact their professors for additional information.

Department Information

The Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching offers the following degrees and certifications:

I. Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Infancy and Childhood Studies


II. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies


  1. Degree-Only Concentration

    The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree-only concentration may be used as preparation for careers in government service or work with youth in a nonteaching capacity, or as an opportunity to prepare for graduate or professional study in areas such as business, counseling, or social work. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the B.A. in IDS degree-only concentration, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. Students selecting this concentration also choose an academic specialization. See the section entitled “Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (degree-only concentration)” for a listing of the requirements for this degree.

  2. Degree with Certification Concentrations

    Students who choose the IDS major can also seek teacher certification. The IDS program is designed to give successful students the opportunity to become teachers who understand their own thinking and learning processes and can successfully foster children’s conceptual, intellectual, and affective growth. Within the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, IDS majors who select teacher certification can choose from four concentrations: early childhood–grade 6 (EC–6) generalist certification, grades 4–8 language arts/reading/social studies certification, grades 4–8 mathematics/science certification, or EC–12 special education concentration. For additional information regarding requirements for these certifications, students should consult the section of this catalog entitled “IDS Degree Program with Teacher Certification Concentrations.” They should also consult with an advisor in the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) Advising and Certification Center for information regarding certification requirements and for information on admission to the Teacher Certification Program.

    IDS majors seeking bilingual or ESL certification for EC–6 and 4–8 should refer to the section of this catalog entitled Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies.

    Please note that certification programs and requirements are subject to change depending on changes mandated by the state.

III. Secondary Certification


The Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching offers coursework required for students seeking secondary certification (grades 8–12). Students seeking certification to teach at the secondary level must obtain a bachelor’s degree in the academic area in which they plan to teach. They should consult with an advisor in the college in which their degree is contained. They should also consult with an advisor in the COEHD Advising and Certification Center for information regarding secondary certification requirements and for information on admission to the Teacher Certification Program. For additional information regarding secondary certification requirements, students should consult the section of this catalog entitled “Secondary Certification Programs.”

Teacher certification requirements are subject to change; students should consult with an advisor for the most current certification requirements.

Degrees and Certification Programs


Degree Programs Without Teacher Certification


IDS Degree Program With Teacher Certification Concentrations

Programs are subject to change without notice due to changes in the state’s certification and/or program approval requirements. Teacher certification programs address standards of the State Board for Educator Certification. Standards can be found at www.sbec.state.tx.us.


Course Descriptions


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