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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. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

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

IDS Degree Requirements (29 semester credit hours)

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

    IDS  2113  Society and Social Issues
    IDS  3003  STEM in Social Contexts
    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  3201  Inquiry in Physical Science
    or IDS  3234  Investigations in Physical Science

    IDS  2413  Earth Systems Science
    & IDS  3211  Inquiry in Earth Systems Science
    or IDS  3224  Earth Systems Science Investigations

    MAT  1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
    MAT  1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II

Certification Requirements (36 semester credit hours)

BBL  3403  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society  
ECE  3143  Child Growth and Development
ECE  3313  Play, Creativity, and Learning
ECE  3603  Language and Literacy Acquisition
EDU  2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society
ESL  3023  Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6          
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 courses require an advisor code and are restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.

RDG  3823  Reading Comprehension–EC–6
RDG  4833  Organizing Reading Programs for Differentiated Instruction–EC–6

Professional Education Requirements (21 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  4143  Principles and Practices of Differentiated Education EC–6
ECE  4203  Assessment and Evaluation in EC–6


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

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

* Must be taken concurrently.
** Must be taken concurrently.
*** Must be taken concurrently.


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