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

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

Spanish language proficiency requirement: Proficiency in oral and written Spanish at the advanced level is a requirement for bilingual generalist coursework and certification at UTSA. Students are required to complete the ALPS (Assessment for Language Proficiency in Spanish) prior to admission to the bilingual generalist certification program.

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 1033or PHY 1013 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical 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. MAS 2023 is recommended to satisfy a core requirement in Creative Arts. HIS 1053 and HIS 2053 are recommended to satisfy the core requirement in United States History and Diversity. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Degree Requirements (41 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 (26 semester credit hours):

    ECE  3313  Play, Creativity, and Learning
    EDU  2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society
    IDS  2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society

    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
    SPE  3603  Introduction to Special Education

Certification Requirements (48 semester credit hours)

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements must be satisfied before enrollment in Certification, Professional Education, and Student Teaching coursework.

  1. Early Childhood–Grade 6 Bilingual Generalist courses (24 semester credit hours):

    BBL  3013  Language Analysis and Bilingualism

    BBL  3023  Mexican American Culture
    or
    BBL  3033  Mexican Americans in the Southwest

    BBL  3053  Foundations of Bilingual Studies (prerequisite to BBL 4033, BBL 4063, BBL 4073, and BBL 4403)
    BBL  3133  Language Development in Bilinguals
    BBL  3143  Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners
    ESL  3023  Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6
    ESL  3053  Literacy in a Second Language
    RDG  3803  Writing Development and Processes

  2. Professional Education courses (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.

    BBL  4033*  Assessment, Learning, and Motivation in Bicultural-Bilingual Classrooms
    BBL  4063*  Bilingual Approaches to Content-Based Learning
    BBL  4073*  Language Arts in a Bicultural-Bilingual Program
    BBL  4353   Approaches to Teaching Science EC–6
    BBL  4403*  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC–6
    C&I  4616   Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6
    RDG  3823   Reading Comprehension–EC–6

    *concurrent enrollment

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

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Early Childhood–Grade 6 Bilingual 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
HIS 1053 HIS 1053 United States History: Civil War Era to Present (core) 3
MAT 1023 College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (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
IDS 2113 Society and Social Issues (core and major) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Component Area Option core   3
Second Year
Fall
AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 Introduction to African American Studies (core) 3
EDU 2103 Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
IDS 3013 Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAS 2023 Latino Cultural Expressions (core) 3
MAT 1153 Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
Spring
BBL 3053 Foundations of Bilingual Studies 3
IDS 2403 Physical Science 3
IDS 3123 Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
IDS 3201 Inquiry in Physical Science 1
MAT 1163 Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
Summer
IDS 2413 Earth Systems Science 3
IDS 3211 Inquiry in Earth Systems Science 1
RDG 3803 Writing Development and Processes 3
SPE 3603 Introduction to Special Education 3
Third Year
Fall
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program  
BBL 3013 Language Analysis and Bilingualism 3
BBL 3133 Language Development in Bilinguals 3
ECE 3313 Play, Creativity, and Learning 3
ESL 3023 Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6 3
IDS 3003 STEM in Social Contexts 3
Spring
BBL 3023 or BBL 3033 Mexican American Culture 3
BBL 3143 Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners 3
BBL 4353 Approaches to Teaching Science EC–6 3
ESL 3053 Literacy in a Second Language 3
RDG 3823 Reading Comprehension–EC–6 3
Summer
IDS 3713 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
Fourth Year
Fall
BBL 4033 Assessment, Learning, and Motivation in Bicultural-Bilingual Classrooms * 3
BBL 4063 Bilingual Approaches to Content-Based Learning * 3
BBL 4073 Language Arts in a Bicultural-Bilingual Program * 3
BBL 4403 Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC–6 * 3
Spring
C&I 4616 Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6 6
  Total Credit Hours: 128.0

* Must be taken concurrently.

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