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

Students pursuing Grades 4–8 ESL certification will complete a program of study that focuses on the content areas of reading, language arts and social studies. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with Grades 4–8 ESL certification is 129–132, 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 (Grades 4–8 ESL certification concentration) must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1023 or a higher math course should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. IDS 2303 or IDS 2313 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Literature. BBL 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Visual and Performing Arts. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Science. ECO 2003 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Economics. IDS 2213 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in World Society and Issues.

Degree Requirements (36–39 semester credit hours)

  1. IDS Core Courses (15 semester credit hours):

    IDS  2113  Society and Social Issues
    IDS  3003  Science and Humanity
    IDS  3013  Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences
    IDS  3123  Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts
    IDS  3713  Interdisciplinary Inquiry

  2. IDS Support Courses (21 semester credit hours):

    IDS  2083  Technology for Learning and Teaching
    IDS  2403  Physical Science
    IDS  2413  Earth Systems Science
    MAT  1023  College Algebra with Applications
    MAT  1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
    MAT  1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II

    3 semester credit hours from the following:

    BBL  3033  Mexican Americans in the Southwest 
    MAS  3413  Mexican American Family
    SOC  3043  Race and Ethnic Relations
    SOC  3283  Poverty
    SOC  3423  Mass Media in Society

  3. Language Requirement (0–3 semester credit hours):

    Documented oral communication skills in a language other than English at the intermediate level (2000 level). Courses include, but are not limited to: ASL, CHN, FRN, GER, ITL, JPN, RUS, SPN at 2013 level and SPN 2003 Spanish for Elementary Education. Grades of “CR” received from a Challenge Examination of a UTSA course in which student demonstrates oral communication skills in a language other than English will be accepted.

Certification Requirements (57 semester credit hours)

Programs are subject to change without notice due to changes in the state’s certification and/or program approval requirements.

  1. ESL Special Delivery System Core (18 semester credit hours):

    ENG  3333  Introduction to the Structure of English
    ESL  3003  Language and Schooling
    ESL  3033  Foundations of English as a Second Language
    ESL  3053  Literacy in a Second Language
    ESL  3063  Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence
    ESL  4013  Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition

  2. Other Certification Courses (24 semester credit hours):

    BBL  3403  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
    EDP  3303  Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8)
    EDU  2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society
    IDS  2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
    RDG  3523  Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8

    RDG  3533  Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines-Grades 4-8
    or
    RDG  3633  Literature and Other Texts Across the Content Areas–Grades 4–8

    RDG  3803  Writing Development and Processes
    SPE  3603  Introduction to Special Education

  3. Professional Education Courses (15 semester credit hours):

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

    C&I  4533  Language Arts and Social Studies Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8
    C&I  4626  Student Teaching: Grades 4–8 (formerly C&I 4996)
    EDP  4203  Assessment and Evaluation
    ESL  4003  Approaches to Second Language Teaching

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Grades 4–8 ESL Certification Concentration — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

YEAR 1
Fall SpringSummer
MAT 1023 (core) 3 IDS 2013 3ECO 2003 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 IDS 2113 (core) 3 IDS 2213 (core) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3 IDS 2403 3
Natural Sciences Level I core 3 Natural Sciences Level II core 3
U.S. History & Diversity core 3 U.S. History & Diversity core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 9
YEAR 2
Fall Spring Summer
EDU 2103 3 ESL 3033 3 BBL 2023 (core) 3
ESL 3003 3 IDS 2083 3 ESL 3053 3
IDS 2413 3 IDS 2303 or 2313 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 2113 (core) 3
IDS 3013 3 IDS 3003 3 SPE 3603 3
MAT 1153 3 MAT 1163 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 12
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
YEAR 3
Fall Spring
EDP 3303 3 BBL 3033, or MAS 3413, or
SOC 3043, 3283, or 3423
3
ENG 3333 3 BBL 3403 3
IDS 3713 3 ESL 3063 3
RDG 3803 3 ESL 4013 3
Foreign language* 0-3 RDG 3523 3
       
Total semester hours 12-15 Total semester hours 15
YEAR 4
Fall Spring
C&I 4533 3 C&I 4626 6
EDP 4203 3    
ESL 4003 3    
IDS 3123 3    
RDG 3533 or 3633 3    
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 6

* Grades of “CR” received from a Challenge Examination of a UTSA course in which student demonstrates oral communication skills in a language other than English at the 2000 level will be accepted.

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