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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 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 Life and Physical Sciences. BBL 2003 is recommended to satisfy the Component Area Option. MAS 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts. HIS 1053 and HIS 2053 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in American History. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. A foreign language course should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture if it is needed to meet the language requirement, otherwise AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 are recommended.

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 (15 semester credit hours):

    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

    6 semester credit hours from the following:

    BBL  2243  Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools
    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

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1023 College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
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
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Summer
BBL 2003 Language, Culture, and Society (core) 3
IDS 2113 Society and Social Issues (core) 3
IDS 2403 Physical Science 3
Second Year
Fall
EDU 2103 Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
ESL 3003 Language and Schooling 3
IDS 2413 Earth Systems Science 3
IDS 3013 Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 1153 Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
Spring
ENG 2013 or ENG 2383 Introduction to Literature 3
ESL 3033 Foundations of English as a Second Language 3
IDS 2083 Technology for Learning and Teaching 3
IDS 3003 STEM in Social Contexts 3
MAT 1163 Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
Summer
ESL 3053 Literacy in a Second Language 3
MAS 2023 Latino Cultural Expressions (core) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
SPE 3603 Introduction to Special Education 3
Third Year
Fall
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program  
EDP 3303 Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8) 3
ENG 3333 Introduction to the Structure of English 3
IDS 3713 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
RDG 3803 Writing Development and Processes 3
Foreign language 1   0-3
Spring
BBL 3033, MAS 3413, SOC 3043, SOC 3283, or SOC 3423 Mexican Americans in the Southwest 3
BBL 3403 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society 3
ESL 3063 Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence 3
ESL 4013 Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition 3
RDG 3523 Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8 3
Fourth Year
Fall
C&I 4543 Approaches to Teaching Social Studies–Grades 4–8 3
EDP 4203 Assessment and Evaluation 3
ESL 4003 Approaches to Second Language Teaching 3
IDS 3123 Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
RDG 3533 or RDG 3633 Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–8 3
Spring
C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8 6
  Total Credit Hours: 129.0-132.0

* 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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