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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 1033or PHY 1013 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences. BBL 2003 is recommended in 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 America 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 & Culture if it is needed to meet the language requirement, otherwise AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 are recommended.

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  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

  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

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
BBL 2003 Language, Culture, and Society (core) 3
IDS 2113 Society and Social Issues (core and major) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society 3
Intermediate-level foreign language or AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 (core) 1  
Second Year
Fall
EDU 2103 Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
ESL 3003 Language and Schooling 3
MAS 2023 Latino Cultural Expressions (core) 3
ENG 2013, ENG 2383, or ENG 2423 Introduction to Literature 3
MAT 1153 Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
Spring
ESL 3023 Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6 3
ESL 3033 Foundations of English as a Second Language 3
ESL 4013 Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition 3
IDS 2403 Physical Science 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
ESL 3053 Literacy in a Second Language 3
RDG 3803 Writing Development and Processes 3
Third Year
Fall
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program  
ENG 3333 Introduction to the Structure of English 3
IDS 3003 STEM in Social Contexts 3
IDS 3013 Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
SPE 3603 Introduction to Special Education 3
Spring
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
IDS 3713 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
RDG 3513 Children’s Literature–EC–6 3
Fourth Year
Fall
C&I 4303 Approaches to Teaching Social Studies Incorporating Language Arts and Fine Arts EC–6 3
ESL 4003 Approaches to Second Language Teaching 3
IDS 3123 Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
RDG 4833 Organizing Reading Programs for Differentiated Instruction–EC–6 3
Spring
C&I 4616 Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6 6
  Total Credit Hours: 128.0

* 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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