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

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree with early childhood–grade 6 ESL generalist certification is 128, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with teacher certification must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 and either AST 1033 or PHY 1013 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Natural Sciences. IDS 2303 or IDS 2313 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Literature. BBL 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Visual and Performing Arts. HIS 1053 and HIS 2053 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in United States History and Diversity. POL 1133 is recommended to satisfy a core requirement in Political Science. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Science. ECO 2003 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Economics. A foreign language course should be used to satisfy the core requirement in World Society and Issues, if it is needed to meet the language requirement.

Degree Requirements (29–32 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 (14 semester credit hours):

    IDS   2403  Physical Science
    IDS   2413  Earth Systems Science
    IDS   3201  Inquiry in Physical Science
    IDS   3211  Inquiry in Earth Systems Science
    MAT  1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
    MAT  1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II

  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 (36 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  3023  Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6
    ESL  3033  Foundations of English as a Second Language
    ESL  3053  Literacy in a Second Language
    ESL  4013  Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition

  2. Other Certification Courses (18 semester credit hours):

    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  3513  Children’s Literature–EC–6
    RDG  3803  Writing Development and Processes
    SPE   3603  Introduction to Special Education

    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  3823  Reading Comprehension–EC–6

Professional Education Requirements (24 semester credit hours)

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

C&I  4303  Approaches to Teaching Social Studies Incorporating Language Arts and Fine Arts EC–6
C&I  4353  Approaches to Teaching Science EC–6
C&I  4403  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC–6
C&I  4616  Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6
ECE  4203  Assessment and Evaluation in EC-6
ESL  4003  Approaches to Second Language Teaching
RDG  4833  Organizing Reading Programs for Differentiated Instruction–EC–6


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

YEAR 1
Fall SpringSummer
BIO 1233 (core) 3 AST 1033 or PHY 1013 (core) 3ECO 2003 (core) 3
HIS 1053 (core) 3 HIS 2053 (core) 3 POL 1133 (core) 3
MAT 1023 (core) 3 IDS 2013 3 Intermediate-level foreign language* or World Society & Issues core 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 IDS 2113 (core and major) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 9
YEAR 2
Fall Spring Summer
BBL 2023 (core) 3 ESL 3023 3 IDS 2413 3
EDU 2103 3 ESL 3033 3 IDS 3211 1
ESL 3003 3 ESL 4013 3 ESL 3053 3
IDS 2303 or 2313 (core) 3 IDS 2403 3 RDG 3803 3
MAT 1153 3 IDS 3201 1
    MAT 1163 3    
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 10
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
YEAR 3
Fall SpringSummer
ENG 3333 3 C&I 4353 3 IDS 3713 3
IDS 3003 3 C&I 4403 3 RDG 3513 3
IDS 3013 3 ECE 4203 3    
SPE 3603 3 RDG 3823 3    
Total semester hours 12 Total semester hours 12 Total semester hours 6
YEAR 4
Fall Spring
C&I 4303 3 C&I 4616 6
ESL 4003 3    
IDS 3123 3    
RDG 4833 3    
Total semester hours 12 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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