Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

“All the professors in the program are so encouraging and readily available that I’ve always felt I am getting the most instructional experiences. I have learned how a teacher has to be understanding and flexible. I have also learned through this program how to embrace peers’ and students’ differences.”

Kimberly Johnson ’13 Alexandria, LA

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:

  1. Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Infancy and Childhood Studies
  2. 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 five concentrations: early childhood–grade 6 (EC–6) generalist certification, grades 4–8 generalist, 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 their academic advisor 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.
  3. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multicultural Early Childhood Development     
    The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multicultural Early Childhood Development (B.A. MECD) is grounded on principles of child development as well as culturally relevant pedagogy. This program’s curriculum is based on five premises that will help early childhood educators develop an in-depth knowledge of cognitive, linguistic, physical and socio-emotional development as well as appropriate teaching and learning practices. Specifically, the B.A. MECD curriculum focuses on early learning experiences for very young children of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and examines the following: (1) quality early learning experiences, (2) collaboration with families, (3) programs for dual language learners, (4) early intervention principles and practices, and (5) leadership and advocacy in early childhood settings. The curriculum for this bachelor’s degree aligns with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation.
  4. 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 their academic advisor 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.

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

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree in Infancy and Childhood Studies emphasizes the study of language and reading in early childhood development. The minimum number of semester credit hours for the B.A.A.S. degree in Infancy and Childhood Studies is 120, including Core Curriculum requirement hours. Thirty-nine of the 120 total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Infancy and Childhood Studies must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Degree Requirements

A. Organized technical program
Select 36 semester credit hours in an organized technical program completed at a community college36
B. Core Curriculum courses
Core Curriculum courses42
C. Required upper-division coursework for the major
BBL 3143Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners3
or RDG 3513 Children’s Literature–EC–6
ECE 3133Programs and Policies in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 3143Child Growth and Development3
ECE 3313Play, Creativity, and Learning3
ECE 3603Language and Literacy Acquisition3
ECE 4103Guidance of Young Children in Groups3
ECE 4123Family and Community Resources in Early Childhood3
ECE 4153Culturally Appropriate Assessment for Infants and Young Children3
HTH 3013Survey of Human Nutrition3
KIN 3123Early Childhood Development Through Movement3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education3
D. Multicultural Education
Select two of the following:6
African American Cultural Experiences
Mexican American Culture
Sociology of the Mexican American Community
Sociology of Education
Electives
Select 3 semester credit hours of elective coursework3
Total Credit Hours120

B.A.A.S. in Infancy and Childhood Studies – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

Coursework to be Completed at a Community College (Associate of Applied Science degree)
Organized technical program completed at a community college36
Core Curriculum courses42
Total Credit Hours78
Third Year
FallCredit Hours
ECE 3143Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 3313Play, Creativity, and Learning 3
ECE 3603Language and Literacy Acquisition 3
HTH 3013Survey of Human Nutrition 3
Spring
BBL 3143 or RDG 3513Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners 3
ECE 3133Programs and Policies in Early Childhood Education 3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education 3
Elective (KIN 2303 recommended) 3
Fourth Year
Fall
ECE 4103Guidance of Young Children in Groups 3
ECE 4123Family and Community Resources in Early Childhood 3
ECE 4153Culturally Appropriate Assessment for Infants and Young Children 3
KIN 3123Early Childhood Development Through Movement 3
Spring
Select two of the following: 6
AAS 3013African American Cultural Experiences 3
BBL 3023Mexican American Culture 3
SOC 3413Sociology of the Mexican American Community 3
SOC 3503Sociology of Education 3
 Total Credit Hours: 42.0

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (degree-only concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree 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 without teacher certification must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements.

MAT 1023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

IDS Degree Requirements

A. IDS Core Courses
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts3
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts3
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry3
B. IDS Required Courses
IDS 2403Physical Science3
IDS 2413Earth Systems Science3
IDS 3201Inquiry in Physical Science1
IDS 3211Inquiry in Earth Systems Science1
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I3
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II3
C. Area of Specialization
One area of specialization must be selected by the student seeking the IDS major only concentration. This involves a sequence of courses, with a minimum of 18–24 semester credit hours, including 6 hours at the upper-division level, in one specific area or discipline. The area of specialization should not include coursework in the IDS core or IDS required courses. Assistance in selection is available from the Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center. Students are encouraged to select their area of specialization as early in their program as possible. 18-24
D. Electives
Upper-division courses to complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours. Advisors in the Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center will assist interdisciplinary studies degree-only majors to use their electives to develop a coherent program of study using existing UTSA course offerings.

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Degree-only Concentration – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
American History core 3
Spring
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues (core and major) 3
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
American History core 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Second Year
Fall
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
Creative Arts core 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Spring
IDS 2403 or 3234Physical Science 3
IDS 3201 or 3224Inquiry in Physical Science 1
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
Area of Specialization course 3
Component Area Option core 3
Upper-division elective 3
Third Year
Fall
IDS 2413 or 3224Earth Systems Science 3
IDS 3211 or 3224Inquiry in Earth Systems Science 1
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
Area of Specialization course 3
Area of Specialization course 3
Upper-division elective 3
Spring
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts 3
Area of Specialization course 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division elective 3
Fourth Year
Fall
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
Upper-division Area of Specialization course 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division elective 3
Spring
Upper-division Area of Specialization course 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multicultural Early Childhood Development

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Multicultural Early Childhood Development degree 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 Multicultural Early Childhood Development must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements.

MAT 1043 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. AAS 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. BBL 2003 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. AAS 2113MAS 2013, PSY 1013, or SOC 1013 should be used to satisfy the Component Area Option core requirement.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Degree Requirements

A. Early Childhood core:
ECE 2013Introduction to Multicultural Early Childhood Education3
ECE 2123Diversity in Early Childhood (Credit cannot be earned for both ECE 2123 and BBL 2123)3
or BBL 2123 Diversity in Early Childhood
ECE 3143Child Growth and Development3
EDP 2113Theories of Learning3
HTH 3013Survey of Human Nutrition3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education3
B. Upper-division coursework:
COU 3203Child Abuse and Domestic Violence3
ECE 3133Programs and Policies in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 3313Play, Creativity, and Learning3
ECE 3603Language and Literacy Acquisition3
ECE 4103Guidance of Young Children in Groups3
ECE 4123Family and Community Resources in Early Childhood3
ECE 4153Culturally Appropriate Assessment for Infants and Young Children3
ECE 4253STEM in Early Childhood Contexts3
ECE 4342Internship in Multicultural Early Childhood Development I - Infants2
ECE 4412Internship in Multicultural Early Childhood Development II - Toddlers2
ECE 4552Internship in Multicultural Early Childhood Development III - Preschool2
ECE 4653Leadership and Management of Early Childhood Settings3
ESL 4013Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition3
KIN 3123Early Childhood Development Through Movement3
RDG 3643Children's Literature for Young Diverse Learners - Infants and Toddlers3
C. Select one of the Minor options below:18
Minor in Early Dual Immersion
Foundations of Bilingual Studies
Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners
Language Development in Bilinguals
Social Psychological Considerations in Mexican American Communities
Dual Language Education in Early Childhood
Teaching and Learning Language Development of Young Emergent Bilinguals
Minor in Early Intervention (with BCaBA certificate option)
Applied Behavior Analysis in Early Childhood
Classroom and Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities
Practicum in Special Education (Introduction)
Assessment: Students with ASD and Developmental Disabilities
Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities
Communication and Collaboration in Special Education
Total Credit Hours78

B.A. in Multicultural Early Childhood Development Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (Core) 3
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (Core) 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (Core) 3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics (Core) 3
American History Core 3
Spring
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (Core) 3
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (Core) 3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society (Core) 3
American History Core 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core 3
Second Year
Fall
AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies (Core) 3
AAS 2113, MAS 2013, PSY 1013, or SOC 1013African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues (Core) 3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions (Core) 3
ECE 2013Introduction to Multicultural Early Childhood Education 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core 3
Spring
ECE 2123 or BBL 2123Diversity in Early Childhood 3
EDP 2113Theories of Learning 3
HTH 3013Survey of Human Nutrition 3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education 3
Select Intended Minor
BBL 3053Foundations of Bilingual Studies 13
SPE 3633Classroom and Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities 23
Third Year
Fall
COU 3203Child Abuse and Domestic Violence 3
ECE 3143Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 3313Play, Creativity, and Learning 3
ECE 3603Language and Literacy Acquisition 3
ESL 4013Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition 3
BBL 3143Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners 13
SPE 4673Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities 23
Spring
ECE 3133Programs and Policies in Early Childhood Education 3
KIN 3123Early Childhood Development Through Movement 3
RDG 3643Children's Literature for Young Diverse Learners - Infants and Toddlers 3
BBL 3043Social Psychological Considerations in Mexican American Communities 13
BBL 3133Language Development in Bilinguals 13
SPE 3303Applied Behavior Analysis in Early Childhood 23
SPE 3653Practicum in Special Education (Introduction) 23
Fourth Year
Fall
ECE 4103Guidance of Young Children in Groups 3
ECE 4123Family and Community Resources in Early Childhood 3
ECE 4153Culturally Appropriate Assessment for Infants and Young Children 3
ECE 4253STEM in Early Childhood Contexts 3
BBL 4043Dual Language Education in Early Childhood 13
SPE 3673Assessment: Students with ASD and Developmental Disabilities 23
Spring
ECE 4653Leadership and Management of Early Childhood Settings 3
ECE 4342Internship in Multicultural Early Childhood Development I - Infants 2
ECE 4412Internship in Multicultural Early Childhood Development II - Toddlers 2
ECE 4552Internship in Multicultural Early Childhood Development III - Preschool 2
ESL 4023Teaching and Learning Language Development of Young Emergent Bilinguals 13
SPE 4683Communication and Collaboration in Special Education 23
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0
1

Minor in Early Dual Immersion 

2

Minor in Early Intervention (with BCaBA certificate option)

(This program is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.)

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 http://www.tea.state.tx.us.

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

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with Early Childhood–Grade 6 generalist certification is 125, 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.

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 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.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

IDS Degree Requirements

A. IDS Core courses
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts3
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts3
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry3
B. IDS Support courses
IDS 2403
IDS 3201
Physical Science
and Inquiry in Physical Science
4
or IDS 3234 Investigations in Physical Science
IDS 2413
IDS 3211
Earth Systems Science
and Inquiry in Earth Systems Science
4
or IDS 3224 Earth Systems Science Investigations
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I3
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II3
Total Credit Hours29

Certification Requirements

BBL 3403Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling3
ECE 3143Child Growth and Development3
ECE 3313Play, Creativity, and Learning3
ECE 3603Language and Literacy Acquisition3
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society3
ESL 3023Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–63
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society3
RDG 3513Children’s Literature–EC–63
RDG 3803Writing Development and Processes3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education3
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 3823Reading Comprehension–EC–63
RDG 4833Organizing Reading Programs for Differentiated Instruction–EC–63
Total Credit Hours36

Professional Education Requirements

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 4303Approaches to Teaching Social Studies Incorporating Language Arts and Fine Arts EC–63
C&I 4353Approaches to Teaching Science EC–63
C&I 4403Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC–63
C&I 4616Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 66
ECE 4143Principles and Practices of Differentiated Education EC–63
ECE 4203Assessment and Evaluation in EC–63
Total Credit Hours21

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

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I (core) 3
MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
American History core 3
Spring
AST 1033 or PHY 1013Exploration of the Solar System (core) 3
HIS 2053Texas History (core) 3
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Summer
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues (core and major) 3
Component Area Option core 3
Second Year
Fall
AAS 2013 or MAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies 3
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
Creative Arts core (MAS 2023 recommended) 3
Spring
IDS 2403Physical Science 3
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
IDS 3201Inquiry in Physical Science 1
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
RDG 3803Writing Development and Processes 3
Summer
IDS 2413Earth Systems Science 3
IDS 3211Inquiry in Earth Systems Science 1
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education 3
Third Year
Fall
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts 3
ECE 3143Child Growth and Development 13
ECE 3313Play, Creativity, and Learning 13
ECE 3603Language and Literacy Acquisition 13
RDG 3513Children’s Literature–EC–6 3
Spring
(must be taken Fall or Spring semesters)
C&I 4353Approaches to Teaching Science EC–6 23
C&I 4403Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC–6 23
ECE 4203Assessment and Evaluation in EC–6 23
RDG 3823Reading Comprehension–EC–6 23
Summer
BBL 3403Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling 3
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
Fourth Year
Fall
(must be taken Fall or Spring semesters)
C&I 4303Approaches to Teaching Social Studies Incorporating Language Arts and Fine Arts EC–6 33
ECE 4143Principles and Practices of Differentiated Education EC–6 33
ESL 3023Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6 3
RDG 4833Organizing Reading Programs for Differentiated Instruction–EC–6 33
Spring
(must be taken Fall or Spring semesters)
C&I 4616Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6 6
 Total Credit Hours: 125.0
1

Must be taken concurrently.

2

Must be taken concurrently.

3

Must be taken concurrently.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8 Generalist Certification Concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with grades 4–8 generalist 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.

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. GRG 1013 is recommended to satisfy the Component Area Option.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

IDS Degree Requirements

A. IDS Core Courses
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts3
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts3
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry3
B. IDS Support Courses
BBL 3403Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
IDS 2403Physical Science3
IDS 2413Earth Systems Science3
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I3
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II3
Total Credit Hours33

Certification Requirements

EDP 3303Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8)3
EDP 4203Assessment and Evaluation3
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society3
ESL 3063Second Language Teaching and Learning in 4-83
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society3
RDG 3523Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–83
RDG 3633Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–83
RDG 3803Writing Development and Processes3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education3
The following course requires an advisor code and is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.
RDG 3533Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–83
Total Credit Hours30

Professional Education Requirements

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 4433Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–83
C&I 4443Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–83
C&I 4543Approaches to Teaching Social Studies–Grades 4–83
C&I 4603Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–83
C&I 4623Applied Teaching: Grades 4-83
C&I 4626Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–86
Total Credit Hours21

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Grades 4–8 Generalist Certification Concentration – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core (BIO 1233 recommended) 3
American History Core (HIS 1053 recommended) 3
Spring
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society (Core) 3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues (core and major) 3
American History Core (HIS 2053 recommended) 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core (BIO 1243 recommended) 3
Summer
IDS 2403 or 3234Physical Science 3
IDS 2413 or 3224Earth Systems Science 3
Second Year
Fall
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts 3
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core (AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 recommended) 3
Spring
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography (Core) 3
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Creative Arts Core (MAS 2023 recommended) 3
Third Year
Fall
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
BBL 3403Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling 3
EDP 3303Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8) 3
ESL 3063Second Language Teaching and Learning in 4-8 3
RDG 3523Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8 3
RDG 3803Writing Development and Processes 3
Spring
EDP 4203Assessment and Evaluation 13
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
RDG 3533Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–8 13
RDG 3633Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–8 3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education 3
Summer
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
Fourth Year
Fall
C&I 4433Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–8 1, 23
C&I 4443Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–8 1, 23
C&I 4543Approaches to Teaching Social Studies–Grades 4–8 1, 23
C&I 4603Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8 1, 23
C&I 4623Applied Teaching: Grades 4-8 1, 23
Spring
C&I 4626Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8 36
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0
1

Admission to the Teacher Certification Program is required.

2

Must be taken concurrently.

3

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

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.

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.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

IDS Degree Requirements

A. IDS Core Courses
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts3
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts3
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry3
B. IDS Support Courses
BBL 3403Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling3
IDS 2403Physical Science3
IDS 2413Earth Systems Science3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I3
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II3
Total Credit Hours33

Certification Requirements

EDP 3303Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8)3
EDP 4203Assessment and Evaluation3
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society3
ESL 3063Second Language Teaching and Learning in 4-83
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society3
RDG 3523Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–83
RDG 3633Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–83
RDG 3803Writing Development and Processes3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education3
The following course requires an advisor code and is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.
RDG 3533Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–83
Total Credit Hours30

Professional Education Requirements 

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 4543Approaches to Teaching Social Studies–Grades 4–83
C&I 4553Approaches to Service-Learning in Social Studies–Grades 4–83
C&I 4603Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–83
C&I 4623Applied Teaching: Grades 4-83
C&I 4626Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–86
Total Credit Hours18

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

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core (BIO 1233 recommended) 3
American History Core (HIS 1053 recommended) 3
Spring
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core ) 3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues (core) 3
IDS 2013Introduction 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 3234Physical Science 3
IDS 2413 or 3224Earth Systems Science 3
Second Year
Fall
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts 3
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core (AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 recommended) 3
Spring
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society(core) 3
Component Area Option Core (COM 2113 recommended) 3
Creative Arts Core (MAS 2023 recommended) 3
Third Year
Fall
ESL 3063Second Language Teaching and Learning in 4-8 3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography 3
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
RDG 3803Writing Development and Processes 3
Spring
BBL 3403Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling 3
EDP 3303Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8) 3
RDG 3523Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8 3
RDG 3633Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–8 3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education 3
Summer
EDP 4203Assessment and Evaluation 3
Fourth Year
Fall
RDG 3533Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–8 13
C&I 4543Approaches to Teaching Social Studies–Grades 4–8 13
C&I 4553Approaches to Service-Learning in Social Studies–Grades 4–8 13
C&I 4603Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8 13
C&I 4623Applied Teaching: Grades 4-8 13
Spring
C&I 4626Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8 26
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0
1

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

2

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

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science Certification Concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science certification is 120 hours, 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.

MAT 1023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 and AST 1013 or AST 1033 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.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

IDS Degree Requirements

A. IDS Core Courses
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts3
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts3
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry3
B. IDS Support Courses
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
or AST 1033 Exploration of the Solar System
IDS 3201Inquiry in Physical Science1
or IDS 3211 Inquiry in Earth Systems Science
IDS 2403Physical Science3
IDS 2413Earth Systems Science3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
MAT 3103Data Analysis and Interpretation3
MAT 3123Fundamentals of Geometry3
PHY 1603Algebra-based Physics I3
PHY 1611Algebra-based Physics I Laboratory1
Total Credit Hours42

Certification Requirements

EDP 3303Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8)3
EDP 4203Assessment and Evaluation3
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society3
ESL 3063Second Language Teaching and Learning in 4-83
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education3
RDG 3523Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–83
The following course requires an advisor code and is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.
RDG 3533Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–83
Total Credit Hours24

Professional Education Requirements

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 4433Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–83
C&I 4443Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–83
C&I 4603Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–83
C&I 4623Applied Teaching: Grades 4-83
C&I 4626Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–86
Total Credit Hours18

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science Certification Concentration – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
American History Core (HIS 1053 recommended) 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core (BIO 1233 recommended) 3
Spring
AST 1013 or 1033Introduction to Astronomy (core) 3
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society 3
MAT 1093Precalculus 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
American History Core (HIS 2053 recommended) 3
Summer
IDS 2403 or 3234Physical Science 3
IDS 2413 or 3224Earth Systems Science 3
Second Year
Fall
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues (core and major) 3
MAT 1214Calculus I 4
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Language Philosophy & Culture Core (AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 recommended) 3
Spring
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 3123Fundamentals of Geometry 3
PHY 1603
PHY 1611
Algebra-based Physics I 4
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Creative Arts Core (MAS 2023 recommended) 3
Summer
Component Area Option Core (COM 2113 recommended) 3
Third Year
Fall
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
EDP 3303Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8) 3
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts 3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
IDS 3201 or 3211Inquiry in Physical Science (if IDS 2403 and IDS 2413 were taken) 1
MAT 3103Data Analysis and Interpretation 3
Spring
EDP 4203Assessment and Evaluation 13
ESL 3063Second Language Teaching and Learning in 4-8 3
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
RDG 3523Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8 3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education 3
Fourth Year
Fall
C&I 4433Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–8 1, 23
C&I 4443Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–8 1, 23
C&I 4603Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8 1, 23
C&I 4623Applied Teaching: Grades 4-8 1, 23
RDG 3533Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–8 1, 23
Spring
C&I 4626Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8 36
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0
1

Admission to the Teacher Certification Program is required.

2

Must be taken concurrently.

3

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

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.

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.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

IDS Degree Requirements

A. IDS Core Courses
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts3
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts3
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry3
B. IDS Support Courses
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I3
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II3
Total Credit Hours21

Certification Requirements

ECE 3603Language and Literacy Acquisition3
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society3
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society3
RDG 3523Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–83
RDG 3803Writing Development and Processes3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education3
SPE 3693Special Education Law3
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 3623Assessment of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPE 3633Classroom and Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities3
SPE 3673Assessment: Students with ASD and Developmental Disabilities3
SPE 3683Special Education Across the Lifespan3
SPE 4683Communication and Collaboration in Special Education3
SPE 4693Assistive Technology3
Total Credit Hours39

Professional Education Requirements

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 3653Practicum in Special Education (Introduction)3
SPE 4623Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities3
SPE 4643Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPE 4653Practicum in Special Education (Advanced)3
SPE 4673Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities3
Clinical Teaching:
C&I 4716Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–126
Total Credit Hours21

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

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I (core) 3
MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core ) 3
Spring
AST 1033 or PHY 1013Exploration of the Solar System (core) 3
HIS 2053Texas History (core) 3
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society 3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues (core and major ) 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Summer
AAS 2013 or MAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies (core) 3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions (core) 3
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core ) 3
Component Area Option core 3
Second Year
Fall
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
IDS 3123Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
MAT 1153Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
RDG 3803Writing Development and Processes 3
American History core 3
Spring
ECE 3603Language and Literacy Acquisition 3
IDS 3013Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 1163Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education 3
SPE 3693Special Education Law 3
Third Year
Fall
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
RDG 3523Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8 3
SPE 3623Assessment of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 13
SPE 3653Practicum in Special Education (Introduction) 13
SPE 4623Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities 13
SPE 4643Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 13
Spring
IDS 3003STEM in Social Contexts 3
SPE 3633Classroom and Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities 23
SPE 3673Assessment: Students with ASD and Developmental Disabilities 23
SPE 3683Special Education Across the Lifespan 23
SPE 4673Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities 23
Fourth Year
Fall
IDS 3713Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
SPE 4653Practicum in Special Education (Advanced) 33
SPE 4683Communication and Collaboration in Special Education 33
SPE 4693Assistive Technology 33
Spring
C&I 4716Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12 6
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0
1

Must be taken concurrently.

2

Must be taken concurrently.

3

Must be taken concurrently.

Secondary Certification Programs

Students seeking certification to teach at the secondary level (grades 8–12) must obtain a bachelor’s degree in the academic area in which they plan to teach. They should consult with their advisor in the department in which their degree is contained. They should also consult with their academic advisor for information regarding secondary certification requirements and admission to the Teacher Certification Program. Requirements for degrees and certificates have been carefully coordinated; however, there may be specific degree requirements that are not required in the certification program, and specific certification requirements that may not be required in the degree program. Certificate program requirements are approved by the State of Texas.

Core Curriculum Requirements: Students should refer to the appropriate section of this catalog for a listing of Core Curriculum requirements for the degree they are seeking.

The number of semester credit hours required for secondary certification is 30. There are additional requirements for students seeking certification in English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR). Students seeking certification in ELAR should consult their certification advisor for information.

Certification Requirements
(For proper sequencing of these courses, students should consult a certification advisor.)
BBL 3403Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling3
EDP 3203Learning and Development in the Secondary School Adolescent3
EDU 2103Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society3
IDS 2013Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society3
SPE 3603Introduction to Special Education3
Professional Education and Reading Coursework
Students must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program before enrolling in Professional Education and Clinical Teaching coursework.
C&I 4203Models of Teaching in the Content Areas of the Secondary School3
EDP 4203Assessment and Evaluation3
RDG 3773Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Secondary3
C&I 4203, EDP 4203, and RDG 3773 are restricted classes. Advisor authorization for these classes will be issued only if all prerequisites have been completed. C&I 4203 is not offered in the Summer Semesters.
Clinical Teaching Component
C&I 4646Clinical Teaching: Grades 8–126
Total Credit Hours30

American Sign Language (ASL) Courses

ASL 1013. American Sign Language: Basic I. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = SGNL 1301)

A study of American Sign Language, including basic concepts and sign lexicon. Grammatical features, including structure of American Sign Language, will be stressed. Each student will be expected to demonstrate to the instructor basic expressive and receptive ASL skills.

ASL 1023. American Sign Language: Basic II. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = SGNL 1302)

Prerequisite: ASL 1013 or consent of instructor. Continued study of American Sign Language including sign language colloquialisms used in conversational signing. Expands students’ receptive and expressive ASL skills and provides a summary of information currently available dealing with ASL grammatical structure and its sociolinguistic and pragmatic usage.

Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Courses

C&I 4203. Models of Teaching in the Content Areas of the Secondary School. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, EDP 3203, and EDU 2103. Prior or concurrent enrollment in EDP 4203 is required. Not required for music majors. Study of curricular, instructional, and management approaches to subject areas taught in the secondary schools. Emphasis on developing instructional and curricular strategies that are effective in teaching content areas. Course will address special population of students, application of instructional media, technology, and classroom management for the content areas. This course may be offered in multiple sections according to subject-matter emphasis. Not offered in the summer. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4646 Clinical Teaching: Grades 8–12. This course must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4716 Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12. Field experience. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4213. Approaches to Teaching Music. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, EDP 3203, and EDU 2103. Designed to provide preservice music teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare for successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating music instruction. Field experience required. Generally offered: Fall.

C&I 4303. Approaches to Teaching Social Studies Incorporating Language Arts and Fine Arts EC–6. (2-2) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, C&I 4353, C&I 4403, ECE 4203, and RDG 3823. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 4143 and RDG 4833 is required. May not be taken concurrently with C&I 4353, C&I 4403, ECE 4203 or RDG 3823. A study of methods, materials, and processes for teaching social studies incorporating the language arts and fine arts. Topics include the effective implementation of social studies curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation from EC–grade 6. Special emphasis is placed on integrating the various social sciences through thematic teaching. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4616 Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4353. Approaches to Teaching Science EC–6. (2-2) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, ECE 3143, ECE 3313, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4403, ECE 4203 and RDG 3823 is required. A study of pedagogical approaches, materials, and resources designed to support children’s meaningful exploration, discovery, and construction of basic concepts and skills in EC–Grade 6. Emphasis in the course will be on the interrelatedness of science in the daily lives of students, unifying concepts and processes common to all sciences, development of effective learning environments for science both inside and outside of the classroom, planning and implementation of inquiry-based science lessons, assessment of student learning, and the use of an integrated approach to teaching. This course must be completed with a grade of "B-" or better for students to enroll in Block C courses. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4616 Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required. (Same as BBL 4353. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4353 and BBL 4353.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4403. Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC–6. (2-2) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, ECE 3143, ECE 3313, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4353, ECE 4203 and RDG 3823 is required. This course involves the study of instructional methods and materials that support diverse children’s meaningful exploration, discovery, and development of basic concepts and skills in mathematics from EC–Grade 6. Emphasizing a constructivist approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics, this course also advances the use of technology to facilitate mathematics understanding. Attention will be given to understanding the interrelatedness of mathematics and other content areas, creating effective learning environments, planning and implementing lesson plans to meet the differentiated needs of a wide variety of learners, and assessing student learning in mathematics. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for students to enroll in Block C courses. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4616 Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required. (Same as BBL 4403. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4403 and BBL 4403.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4433. Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–8. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4443, C&I 4603, C&I 4623, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to clinical teaching. Study of curricula, instructional, and management approaches to teaching science grades 4–8. This course emphasizes a constructivist approach in developing inductive and inquiry teaching methods. Special emphasis is placed on the integration of technology in diverse learning environments. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. (Formerly C&I 4413. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: BBL 4433, C&I 4413, or C&I 4433.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4443. Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–8. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4433, C&I 4603, C&I 4623 and RDG 3533 in semester prior to clinical teaching. Study of curricula, instructional, and management approaches to teaching mathematics grades 4–8. This course emphasizes a constructivist approach to the teaching of mathematics, including the use of technology in diverse learning environments. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. (Formerly C&I 4423. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: BBL 4443, C&I 4423, or C&I 4443.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4543. Approaches to Teaching Social Studies–Grades 4–8. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4553, C&I 4603, C&I 4623, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to clinical teaching. This course emphasizes student-centered curricula that meet the needs of diverse students in grades 4–8. Preservice teachers examine models of teaching and learning to develop the knowledge, values, and experiential bases necessary for effective teaching. Students will demonstrate proficiency by creating lesson plans that specifically address the 4th–8th grade Social Studies standards as well as integrate other content, incorporate technology, and address diversity. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. (Formerly C&I 4513. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4543 and C&I 4513.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4553. Approaches to Service-Learning in Social Studies–Grades 4–8. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4443, C&I 4543, C&I 4603, C&I 4623, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to clinical teaching. This course examines the philosophy, methodology, and components of service-learning. Service-learning is the engagement of students in activities designed to address or meet a community need, where students learn how their service makes a difference to themselves and in the lives of the service recipients, and where learning is intentionally linked to academics. Students will design a service-learning project having social studies as the focus. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. (Formerly C&I 4523. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4553 and C&I 4523).

C&I 4603. Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4433, C&I 4443, C&I 4623, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to clinical teaching for Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science Certification Option; Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4543, C&I 4553, C&I 4623, and RDG 3533 for Grades 4–8 Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies Certification Option Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4433, C&I 4443, C&I 4543, C&I 4623 for Grades 4–8 Generalist Certification Option. Preservice teachers will design developmentally appropriate mathematics and science curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Preservice teachers will also identify effective classroom management strategies. This course must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. (Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4603 and BBL 4603.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4616. Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; completion of all requirements for admission to the EC–6 clinical teaching semester, and completion of 21 semester credit hours of Professional Education: C&I 4303, C&I 4353, C&I 4403, ECE 4143, ECE 4203, RDG 3823, and RDG 4833. A grade of “B-” or better in C&I 4303, C&I 4353, C&I 4403, RDG 3823, and RDG 4833. A grade of “C-” or better is required for C&I 4616 to be recommended for teacher certification. Individuals must apply to the director of clinical teaching one semester in advance. Bilingual EC–6 prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; completion of all requirements for admission to the EC–6 clinical teaching semester, completion of 18 semester credit hours of Professional Education: BBL 4033, BBL 4063, BBL 4073, BBL 4353, BBL 4403, and RDG 3823. Full semester of full-day clinical teaching in a regular or bilingual EC–grade 6 classroom under the supervision of University faculty. Student teacher will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in collaboration with the cooperating teacher and in conjunction with the UTSA supervisor. Seminars explore issues in teaching practice. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4623. Applied Teaching: Grades 4-8. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4433. C&I 4443, C&I 4603, and RDG 3533 for Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science Certification Option; C&I 4543, C&I 4553, C&I 4603, and RDG 3533 for Grades 4–8 Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies Certification Option; C&I 4433, C&I 4443, C&I 4543, C&I 4603, and RDG 3533 for Grades 4–8 Generalist Certification Option. This field experience course provides preservice teachers the opportunity to work with students in grades 4-8 in school settings under the supervision of a university instructor. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8.

C&I 4626. Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; completion of all requirements to the 4–8 clinical teaching semester, including all relevant practice TExES examinations, and completion of 21 semester credit hours: C&I 4603, EDP 3303, ESL 3063, MAT 1023, RDG 3533, RDG 3633, RDG 3803. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the clinical teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. Individuals must apply to the director of clinical teaching one semester in advance. 4–8 Generalist students: A grade of “B-” or better is required for RDG 3533. A grade of “C-” or better is required for C&I 4603. 4–8 Mathematics/Science students: The following courses completed with a grade of “B-” or better: C&I 4433, C&I 4443, C&I 4603, RDG 3523, and RDG 3533. 4–8 Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies students: The following courses completed with a grade of “B-” or better: C&I 4543, C&I 4553, RDG 3523, RDG 3533, RDG 3633. 4–8 ESL students: Completion of a minimum of 15 semester credit hours of the ESL specialization; and completion of ESL 4003, EDU 2103, EDP 3303, EDP 4203, or BBL 5053. 4–8 Bilingual students: Completion of all requirements for admission to the Bilingual 4–8 clinical teaching semester, and completion of 15 semester credit hours of Professional Education: BBL 4033, BBL 4063, BBL 4073, C&I 4433 or C&I 4443, and C&I 4603. Full semester of full-day clinical teaching in a regular upper elementary/middle school classroom under the supervision of University faculty is required. Student teacher will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in collaboration with the cooperating teacher and in conjunction with the UTSA supervisor. Seminars explore issues in teaching practice. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4646. Clinical Teaching: Grades 8–12. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program and the clinical teaching semester, and completion of C&I 4203, EDP 3203, EDP 4203, and RDG 3773. Can lack no more than 6 hours in content subject matter. A grade of “B-” or better in C&I 4203. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the clinical teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. Individuals must apply to the director of clinical teaching one semester in advance. Full semester of full-day clinical teaching in grades 8–12. Student teacher will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in collaboration with the cooperating teacher and in conjunction with the UTSA supervisor. Individuals pursuing a Basic Secondary Certificate, Concentration A, will student teach in the single teaching field for which certification is sought. Individuals with two teaching fields will student teach in their major teaching field. Seminars explore issues in teaching practice. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4716. Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; completion of all requirements for the All-Level clinical teaching semester. All Level Physical Education students: Completion of KIN 4203 and KIN 4303 with a grade of “C-” or better. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the clinical teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. All Level Health Education students: Completion of C&I 4203, and EDP 3303 with a grade of “C-” or better. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the clinical teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. Special Education students: All courses required for the degree and certification in All Level special education must be completed prior to clinical teaching. SPE 3653 and SPE 4653 must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better to serve as prerequisites for C&I 4716. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the clinical teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. All Level Music students: Completion of C&I 4203, C&I 4213, EDP 3203, and RDG 3773. A grade of “C-” or better in C&I 4203 and C&I 4213. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the clinical teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. All Level Art students: Completion of all requirements for admission to the clinical teaching semester, and C&I 4203, EDU 2103, EDP 3203 or EDP 3303, EDP 4203, and RDG 3523 or RDG 3773. A grade of “B-” or better in C&I 4203. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the clinical teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. Languages other than English students: Completion of all requirements for admission to the clinical teaching semester, and C&I 4203, EDP 3203, EDP 4203, and RDG 3773. Can lack no more than 6 hours in content subject matter. A grade of “B-” or better in C&I 4203. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the clinical teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. All courses for degree/certification plan must be completed prior to clinical teaching. Full semester of full-day clinical teaching in an elementary or middle school setting and in a high school setting (grades 8–12) in the certificate area sought. Student teacher will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in collaboration with the cooperating teacher and in conjunction with the UTSA supervisor. Meets clinical teaching requirements for the All-Level certificate. Seminars explore issues in teaching practice. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the clinical teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. Individuals must apply to the director of clinical teaching one semester in advance. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

C&I 4911. Independent Study. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

C&I 4912. Independent Study. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

C&I 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

C&I 4923. Internship in Education. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; a bachelor’s degree; completion of all coursework requirements for the certification program; consent of the Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center; and consent of the director of clinical teaching. Internships to be jointly supervised by an employing school district and UTSA. Experiences will relate to the intern as the teacher-of-record in the classroom. May be repeated for credit.

C&I 4926. Internship in Education. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; a bachelor’s degree; completion of all coursework requirements for the certification program; consent of the Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center; and consent of the director of clinical teaching. Internships to be jointly supervised by an employing school district and UTSA. Experiences will relate to the intern as the teacher-of-record in the classroom. May be repeated for credit.

Early Childhood (ECE) Courses

ECE 2013. Introduction to Multicultural Early Childhood Education. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Examination of the history of Early Childhood Education, curriculum, and current issues with a special emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse families and young children. Field experience required.

ECE 2123. Diversity in Early Childhood. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Study of diversity within early childhood contexts including culture, language, traditions, beliefs, family structure, socioeconomic background, ability, and national origin within the US and the world. (Same as BBL 2123. Credit cannot be earned for both ECE 2123 and BBL 2123).

ECE 3133. Programs and Policies in Early Childhood Education. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a survey of historical, philosophical, and sociocultural foundations of early childhood programs and policies. Students will examine past and current trends in early childhood education and their impact on early childhood practices and policies. A variety of early childhood programs-national and international, traditional and culturally responsive, federal and state-funded-will be examined. Early childhood policies and their impact on teachers and students will be discussed at length. Generally offered: Fall.

ECE 3143. Child Growth and Development. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Concurrent enrollment in ECE 3313 and ECE 3603 is required. Examination of child development theories (conception through elementary years) within different domains that affect children’s development and learning including, physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional. Emphasis on multicultural theoretical perspectives of child development addressing culturally and linguistically diverse populations and children with atypical patterns of development. Field experience required. (Formerly ECE 2103. Credit cannot be earned for both ECE 3143 and ECE 2103.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ECE 3313. Play, Creativity, and Learning. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Concurrent enrollment in ECE 3143 and ECE 3603 is required. A study of play theories as they relate to creativity, development, and learning. Will provide early childhood and elementary educators with knowledge and skills necessary to promote and guide children’s play as a fundamental learning mechanism within culturally, linguistically, and cognitively diverse classrooms. Emphasis on effective strategies, equipment, materials, and activities that support and encourage children’s play and creativity at the early childhood and elementary grades. Field experience required. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ECE 3603. Language and Literacy Acquisition. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Concurrent enrollment in ECE 3143 and ECE 3313 is required. Exploration of theories of language and literacy development in young children with implications for acquisition of language and early literacy concepts for all children. Explores ways that educators can enhance language and literacy development and introduces appropriate, research-based approaches to teach early reading and writing in diverse classroom settings. Field experience required. (Formerly titled “Language and Cognitive Development in EC–4.”) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ECE 4103. Guidance of Young Children in Groups. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Study of effective strategies for guiding the social-emotional development and learning of children, including those with special needs, in group settings. Emphasis on classroom management and discipline methods; understanding human interactions and the cultural dynamics of groups; and guiding children in task involvement. Examination of strategies for facilitating cooperative activities and use of materials; the design of effective learning environments; conflict resolution techniques, and strategies for enhancing the inclusion of children with special needs in social and learning contexts. Field experience required. Generally offered: Spring.

ECE 4123. Family and Community Resources in Early Childhood. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Study of approaches to family, community, societal, cultural, and ideological support systems in children’s growth, learning, and development. Emphasis on how these factors are related in the permissive-restrictive dimensions of child rearing and socialization in broad perspectives across environmental contexts. Examination of resources and systems to address the special needs of families with children who are “at risk” or have disabilities. Review of technological tools used to locate and compile information on community resources. Field experience required. Generally offered: Spring.

ECE 4143. Principles and Practices of Differentiated Education EC–6. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, completion of C&I 4353, C&I 4403, ECE 4203, and RDG 3823. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4303 and RDG 4833 is required. May not be taken concurrently with C&I 4353, C&I 4403, ECE 4203, and RDG 3823. This course addresses the exploration of culturally responsive instruction for diverse groups of learners with a broad range of abilities, interests, and backgrounds. Identification of theoretical perspectives and principles for differentiated education in early childhood and elementary settings will be explored. Emphasis is on the development of effective instructional planning, supportive learning environments, and flexible teaching practices that accommodate individual needs within group settings. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ECE 4153. Culturally Appropriate Assessment for Infants and Young Children. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Selecting and employing culturally fair assessment and evaluation techniques that are reliable, valid, and developmentally appropriate for infants and young children. Includes the examination of strategies such as developmental checklists, parent interviews, play-based, portfolios, and informal observations for conducting assessment. Using assessment outcomes appropriately for instructional and curricular planning.

ECE 4203. Assessment and Evaluation in EC–6. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, completion of ECE 3143, ECE 3313, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4353, C&I 4403, and RDG 3823. Principles of designing and using assessment and evaluation techniques that are culturally fair, intellectually sound, reliable, dependable, and content-valid for children in EC–grade 6. Emphasis on differentiation among criterion-referenced, norm-referenced, individual, informal, authentic, and group assessments. Review of learning theories and strategies for using assessment data to inform instructional planning, and matching assessment techniques to individual children and learning situations. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ECE 4253. STEM in Early Childhood Contexts. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in early childhood settings. Participants will examine the design of developmentally appropriate methodologies to engage young children in interdisciplinary learning in authentic settings.

ECE 4342. Internship in Multicultural Early Childhood Development I - Infants. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of required courses in the major and the minor. Students engage in an internship experience where the focus is on the development and growth of infants. Emphasis is on experiences that benefit infants and families in different contexts. There is a study abroad option.

ECE 4412. Internship in Multicultural Early Childhood Development II - Toddlers. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of required courses in the major and the minor. Students engage in an internship experience where the focus is on the development and growth of toddlers. Emphasis is on experiences that benefit toddlers and families in different contexts. There is a study abroad option.

ECE 4552. Internship in Multicultural Early Childhood Development III - Preschool. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Students engage in an internship experience where the focus is on the development and growth of preschoolers. Emphasis is on experiences that benefit preschoolers and families in different contexts. There is a study abroad option.

ECE 4653. Leadership and Management of Early Childhood Settings. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course will focus on the leadership aspects related to sustaining high-quality Early Childhood Education programs. Developmentally Appropriate Practice and growth and development practices for young children will be explored. Special attention will be given to effective ECE practices in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

ECE 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Courses

IDS 2013. Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Introductory course for all prospective teachers. This course is designed to help students understand the complexity of K–12 teaching in our contemporary society. Students will examine the history, policies and practices that have shaped schooling in the United States. Contemporary dilemmas of equity, the achievement gap, and other marginalizing practices will be considered to better understand the culture of schooling and classrooms, and the complex role of the teacher. Emphasis will be on, but not limited to, students as learners, curriculum standards and assessment, effective teaching practices for diverse learners, professionalism, and the sociopolitical challenges confronting today’s teachers. Field experience required. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

IDS 2083. Learning with Technology. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

This course investigates theoretical and practical issues surrounding the use of digital technologies in formal and informal contexts of learning. The course offers opportunities for learners to explore current and emergent technologies for learning, and how the use of these technologies can be optimized for diverse learning contexts. (Formerly titled “Technology for Learning and Teaching.”).

IDS 2113. Society and Social Issues. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course explores contemporary social issues resulting from modern globalization and transnationalism from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Students investigate data and relate scholarship to understand the nature of global changes, as well as their impact on the world's people and global societies. Personal and social responsibility in relation to social issues will be explored through a variety of global, national, regional, and community-based topics. Students will be expected to synthesize disciplinary studies and demonstrate their connections of global issues to local contexts through written, oral, and visual representations. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 2403. Physical Science. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements. Study of fundamental laws that govern the universe, including mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum theory, and how these relate to physics and chemistry. Topics will include but not be limited to: basic scientific problem-solving techniques, fundamental forces; energy and how it is conserved and transformed; matter; atomic structure; and chemical interactions. (Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2403 and IDS 3234.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 2413. Earth Systems Science. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements. This course provides a look at the Earth system as a whole. Emphasis will be on the interrelationships between biological, geological, hydrological, climatological, and human systems on local, continental and global scales. The interactions between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, and lithosphere that together make up the Earth system will be studied. This interdisciplinary view of our planet highlights the manner in which all systems of the Earth control or influence each other. (Formerly IDS 3213. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2413 and IDS 3213. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2413 and IDS 3224.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 3003. STEM in Social Contexts. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: IDS 2113, WRC 1013 and WRC 1023. An exploration of inquiry in STEM fields and how it is situated in local and global sociocultural contexts across time. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to studying the nature of inquiry, knowledge, and theory development, as well as the mutual relationships between STEM fields and social contexts. (Formerly titled “Science and Humanity.”) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 3013. Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: IDS 2113. This course offers learners opportunities to explore issues of diversity and equity by examining the social construction of race, class, sex, sexuality and other markers that may cause social oppression. Students will be invited to engage in in-depth inquiry about knowledge production and identity construction within the dominant discourse, as well as in critical reflection on social transformation practices in schools and communities. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 3123. Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: IDS 2113, WRC 1013, and WRC 1023. The goal of this course is to engage students in inquiry on how issues embedded within and across cultures/time periods are reflected, challenged, and reinterpreted, through literature, art, music, film, and other forms of cultural expression. By contrasting and comparing cultural discourses and identities, students will have opportunities to develop respect, empathy, and understanding of diversity and social responsibility from an interdisciplinary perspective. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 3201. Inquiry in Physical Science. (0-3) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements. Hands-on experimental inquiry with standard laboratory tools and techniques in the fields of physics and chemistry. Major themes include energy, forces, and atomic and subatomic interactions. (Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 3201 and IDS 3234.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 3211. Inquiry in Earth Systems Science. (0-3) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements. Course familiarizes students with laboratory and field tools, techniques, and safety issues and allows them to form a better understanding of major topics in Earth systems science, especially in the areas of hydrology, soils, atmosphere, land cover, and GPS. Students will participate in scientific inquiry investigations of the Earth’s systems and components. (Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 3211 and IDS 3224.) (Formerly titled "Advanced Earth Systems Science Laboratory.") Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 3224. Earth Systems Science Investigations. (2-4) 4 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements. Integrated online lecture and laboratory course that provides a look at the Earth system as a whole. Emphasis will be on the interrelationships between biological, geological, hydrological, and human systems on local, continental and global scales. The interactions between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere that together make up the Earth system will be studied. This interdisciplinary view of our planet highlights the manner in which all systems of the Earth influence each other. Credit for IDS 3224 is equivalent to credit for both IDS 2413 and IDS 3211. Credit cannot be earned for IDS 2413 (or IDS 3213) and IDS 3211 if this course is taken. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 3234. Investigations in Physical Science. (2-4) 4 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements. Integrated online lecture and laboratory course that provides learners with varied opportunities to build an understanding of intricate relationships commonly addressed in the fields of physics and chemistry, and to evaluate these relationships as a holistic system. Explorations of conceptual ideas will include varied methods of engagement, including hands-on and minds-on experimentation. Credit for IDS 3234 is equivalent to credit for both IDS 2403 and IDS 3201. Credit cannot be earned for IDS 2403 (or IDS 3203) and IDS 3201 if this course is taken. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 3713. Interdisciplinary Inquiry. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: IDS 2113, IDS 3003, IDS 3013, IDS 3123, WRC 1013, and WRC 1023. This course fosters opportunities for engaging in the study of thinking in the sciences, social studies, mathematics, language arts, and fine arts through interdisciplinary investigations. Course experiences include development, practice, and analysis of ways of inquiring in several subject areas and seeking their implications for interdisciplinary inquiries toward critical reflection and transformative praxis. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

IDS 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

IDS 4993. Honors Thesis. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to candidates for honors in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching during the last two semesters; consent of the Honors College. Supervised research and preparation for an honors thesis. May be repeated once with advisor’s approval.

Reading (RDG) Courses

RDG 3513. Children’s Literature–EC–6. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Designed to familiarize students with children’s books from diverse cultures that are appropriate for EC–grade 6. Topics will include: the contributions of children’s books, criteria for selecting materials, the evaluation of individual books, a survey of the genres of children’s literature, literary response, and the discussion of current issues in the field of children’s literature. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

RDG 3523. Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

An overview of the development of reading across the grades with an emphasis on grades 4 through 8. This course focuses on the reading process, techniques for developing oral and written language facility, word identification and comprehension of readers from various sociocultural backgrounds and with differing abilities, and classroom assessment of reading. This course must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

RDG 3533. Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–8. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: RDG 3523. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4543, C&I 4553, and EDP 4203 in semester prior to clinical teaching for Grades 4–8 LA/RDG/SS certification. Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Study of the teaching and learning of content area reading in grades 4 through 8 including the textual, contextual, and cultural factors that influence reading. The course considers the range of reading abilities of intermediate and middle grade students, texts used in these grade levels, and strategies for teaching and evaluating vocabulary, comprehension, and thinking skills in the content areas. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. (Formerly titled “Content Area Reading-Grades 4–8.”) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

RDG 3633. Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–8. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to familiarize students with literature and other texts appropriate for students in grades 4 through 8. These texts include trade books, informational books, electronic texts, and other real-world texts that are appropriate for teaching and learning. Topics will include: examination of critical issues in children’s books and young adult literature, evaluation and selection of texts, and literary response. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. Generally offered: Spring.

RDG 3643. Children's Literature for Young Diverse Learners - Infants and Toddlers. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to familiarize students with formats and genres of children's books appropriate for young children from 0 to age 5, with a particular focus on books from diverse cultures. Topics will include: the values of children's books for promoting social, linguistic, emotional, and cognitive development, criteria for selecting books, the evaluation of individual books, and ways of fostering young children's engagement with books.

RDG 3673. Reading for Secondary Teachers–Grades 8–12. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

An overview of the developmental nature of reading across the grades with an emphasis on grades 8 through 12. This course focuses on the reading process, including word identification, fluency, vocabulary, higher-order levels of comprehension, and metacognition. This course considers social and cultural factors that influence the adolescent reading processes, including the role of social interaction in reading, language variations, and background knowledge that are a part of the reading process. Other topics include differences in student ability and motivation as well as new approaches to assessment. This course also explores literacy programs that fit the needs of diverse adolescents, especially programs that address the challenges of struggling secondary readers. This course must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

RDG 3773. Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Secondary. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of all requirements for admission to the Teacher Certification Program, including but not limited to satisfying the TSI requirement, and completing EDP 3203 and EDU 2103. Study of the reading process and of materials and techniques for supporting reading and writing in the secondary school. Considers the range of reading ability of secondary students, texts used, and strategies for teaching vocabulary, and comprehension in different content areas. Directed field experiences in secondary school classrooms are required. Opportunities for cross-disciplinary applications. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. (Formerly titled “Introduction to Content Area Reading–Secondary.”) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

RDG 3803. Writing Development and Processes. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Examines the nature of written language and facets of the writing process. The course focuses on the developmental nature of writing, stages in the writing process, writing in different genres, writing in the content areas, writing to learn, writing in relation to other communication processes, the evaluation of writing, and the place of technology in writing. For EC–6 generalists, this course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4616 Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6 and C&I 4626 Clinical Teaching: Grades 4–8. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

RDG 3823. Reading Comprehension–EC–6. (2-2) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, ECE 3143, ECE 3313, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4353, C&I 4403, and ECE 4203 is required. May not be taken concurrently with C&I 4303, ECE 4143, and RDG 4833. Study of the reading comprehension process, including how textual, reader, psychological, contextual, and cultural factors affect understanding of text. Emphasis is placed on cognitive reading strategies for comprehending narrative and expository text. Emphasis is also placed on strategies for teaching and evaluating vocabulary, comprehension, and thinking skill in the content areas. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for students to enroll in Block C courses. For EC–6 generalists, this course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4616 Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required. (Credit cannot be earned for both RDG 3823 and BBL 3823.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

RDG 4833. Organizing Reading Programs for Differentiated Instruction–EC–6. (2-2) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, ECE 3143, ECE 3313, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4353, C&I 4403, and ECE 4203 is required. May not be taken concurrently with C&I 4303, ECE 4143, and RDG 4833. Study of the reading comprehension process, including how textual, reader, psychological, contextual, and cultural factors affect understanding of text. Emphasis is placed on cognitive reading strategies for comprehending narrative and expository text. Emphasis is also placed on strategies for teaching and evaluating vocabulary, comprehension, and thinking skill in the content areas. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for students to enroll in Block C courses. For EC–6 generalists, this course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4616 Clinical Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

RDG 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

Special Education (SPE) Courses

SPE 3303. Applied Behavior Analysis in Early Childhood. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides a basic introduction to applied behavior analysis and the highly beneficial role that it can play in Early Childhood Education for both typically developing children and those with special needs. The objective of the course is to provide future and current early childhood professionals with the tools that they need to positively impact the lives of young children. Specifically, the course will describe and provide useful examples related to implementing effective techniques for changing behavior, strategies for every day challenges both in the classroom and at home, strategies for addressing less frequent issues, and suggestions for how to consult with and correspond with parents and caretakers.

SPE 3603. Introduction to Special Education. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A study of individuals, groups, and populations with disabilities or exceptionalities. Content covered includes special education and disability law, critical issues in special education, special education processes and procedures, etiology, characteristics, prevalence, and placement options. Knowledge and competencies necessary for providing research-based, empirically derived best practices in curriculum and instruction to preschool and school-aged children and youth with exceptionalities in inclusive settings will also be presented. (Formerly ATE 3603, EDP 3603, and IDS 3303. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: ATE 3603, EDP 3603, IDS 3303, or SPE 3603.) (Formerly titled "Introduction to Exceptionality.") Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

SPE 3623. Assessment of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3693, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 3653, SPE 4623, and SPE 4643 is required. An introduction to assessment of students with mild/moderate disabilities. Informal and formal assessment instruments, procedures, and systems for assessment of aptitude, achievement, adaptive behavior, and language abilities will be studied. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4716 Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12. (Formerly EDP 3623. Credit cannot be earned for both SPE 3623 and EDP 3623.) (Formerly titled “Assessment of Exceptional Children.”).

SPE 3633. Classroom and Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3623, SPE 3653, SPE 3693, SPE 4623, SPE 4643, ECE 3603, and RDG 3523. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 3673, SPE 3683, and SPE 4673 is required. A study of common behavior problems in children with disabilities, behavior management, and other research-supported strategies for addressing behavior issues in children with disabilities. Research related to alternative explanations for behavior and behavior change will be included. Planning, application, and evaluation of a behavior change project is required. (Formerly ATE 3633 and EDP 3633. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: ATE 3633, EDP 3633, or SPE 3633.) (Formerly titled “Classroom and Behavior Management for Exceptional Children.”).

SPE 3653. Practicum in Special Education (Introduction). (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3693, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 3623, SPE 4623, and SPE 4643 is required. Instructional practices for students with disabilities will be studied including instructional design and creation of individual education plans. Application of course content in the field with students with disabilities will be required. Students enrolled in this course will be required to spend 6–8 hours a week in field-based placements, for a total of 60 to 80 hours, dependent upon the field placement program needs and requirements and on instructor requirements. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4716 Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. (Formerly EDP 3653. Credit cannot be earned for both SPE 3653 and EDP 3653.).

SPE 3673. Assessment: Students with ASD and Developmental Disabilities. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3693, ECE 3603, and RDG 3523. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 3633, SPE 3683, and SPE 4673 is required. An introduction to formal and informal standardized assessment procedures for students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Course emphasis will be on the evaluation of instruction through assessment and using assessment for instructional design and programmatic planning for students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4716 Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12.

SPE 3683. Special Education Across the Lifespan. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3693, ECE 3603, and RDG 3523. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 3633, SPE 3673, and SPE 4673 is required. The study of programs and services in special education, including early childhood intervention and transition, that impact students with disabilities throughout the lifespan. The course will focus on supports, procedures, and resources for facilitating transitions and communication of transition activities involving the student and families. Generally offered: Spring.

SPE 3693. Special Education Law. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A study of the local, federal and state laws, regulations, rules, and ethics that govern special education. Course topics will include due process, confidentiality, monitoring and evaluation requirements, and the provision of related services. Emphasis on terminology, definitions, classification systems, and current issues and trends. Generally offered: Spring.

SPE 4623. Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3693, ECE 3603, MAT 1153, and MAT 1163. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 3623, SPE 3653, and SPE 4643 is required. The study of the learning and development of mathematical concepts, procedures, and skills for students with disabilities. Concepts, methods, and appropriate use of technology related to numbers, patterns, operations, problem solving, geometry, and algebraic reasoning will be included. Research-based methods and strategies will be applied in the field. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4716 Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12. Generally offered: Fall.

SPE 4643. Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3693, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 3623, SPE 3653, and SPE 4623 is required. This course is a study of the development and implementation of research-validated instructional strategies. Students will learn how to select learning strategies to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. Specific learning strategies will be evaluated and implemented in classroom settings. Strategies will address the acquisition, storage, and expression of knowledge. Class sessions will involve direct development in learning strategies and specific problem solving associated with strategies instruction. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4716 Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12. (Formerly titled “Specialized Instructional Methods for Students with Exceptionalities.”).

SPE 4653. Practicum in Special Education (Advanced). (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3623, SPE 3633, SPE 3653, SPE 3673, SPE 3683, SPE 3693, SPE 4623, SPE 4643, SPE 4673, ECE 3603, and RDG 3523. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 4683 and SPE 4693 is required. The study of the planning, application, and evaluation of Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) and the specialized educational and related services provided under the law to students with disabilities. Students enrolled in this course will be required to spend 6 to 8 hours a week in field-based placements for a total of 60 to 80 hours, dependent upon field placement program needs and requirements and on instructor requirements. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4716 Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. (Formerly EDP 4653. Credit cannot be earned for both SPE 4653 and EDP 4653.).

SPE 4673. Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3693, ECE 3603, and RDG 3523. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 3633, SPE 3673, and SPE 3683 is required. This course is a study of the development and implementation of research-validated instructional strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Course topics will include the use of formal and informal assessments to determine appropriate academic, social, and behavioral goals and objectives for students and identifying research-validated strategies to assist students with meeting these goals. This course must be completed with a grade of "B-" or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4716 Clinical Teaching: All Level EC–12.

SPE 4683. Communication and Collaboration in Special Education. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3623, SPE 3633, SPE 3653, SPE 3673, SPE 3683, SPE 3693, SPE 4623, SPE 4643, SPE 4673, ECE 3603, and RDG 3523. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 4653 and SPE 4693 is required. This course will focus on the collaborative roles and responsibilities of teachers, school district personnel, and parents/families in providing individualized educational programs to students with disabilities. Effective strategies for communication and collaboration will be studied. Additional course topics include consultation, collaborating with general education teachers, and designing and managing the activities of paraprofessionals.

SPE 4693. Assistive Technology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification Program, SPE 3603, SPE 3623, SPE 3633, SPE 3653, SPE 3673, SPE 3683, SPE 3693, SPE 4623, SPE 4643, SPE 4673, ECE 3603, and RDG 3523. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 4653 and SPE 4683 is required. This course is a study of the use of technology in facilitating the teaching and learning of students with disabilities. Course will emphasize the selection and use of assistive technology devices and services for students, including those used for communication and mobility and those that facilitate performance in academic environments.

SPE 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.