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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 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. HIS 2053 is recommended to satisfy a 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.

IDS Degree Requirements (29 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

Certification Requirements (36 semester credit hours) (unique courses for each concentration area)

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

YEAR 1
Fall SpringSummer
BIO 1233 (core) 3 AST 1033 or PHY 1013 (core) 3ECO 2003 (core) 3
MAT 1023 (core) 3 HIS 2053 (core) 3 POL 1133 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 IDS 2013 3 World Society & Issues core 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 IDS 2113 (core and major) 3
U.S. History & Diversity core 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 9
YEAR 2
Fall Spring Summer
EDU 2103 3 IDS 2403 3 IDS 2413 3
IDS 2303 or 2313 (core) 3 IDS 3013 3 IDS 3211 1
IDS 3123 3 IDS 3201 1 SPE 3603 3
MAT 1153 3 MAT 1163 3
Visual & Performing Arts core 3 RDG 3803 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 13 Total semester hours 7
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
YEAR 3
Fall Spring Summer
IDS 3003 3 (must be taken Fall or Spring semesters) BBL 3403 3
ECE 3143* 3 C&I 4353** 3 IDS 3713 3
ECE 3313* 3 C&I 4403** 3
ECE 3603* 3 ECE 4203** 3
RDG 3513 3 RDG 3823** 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 12 Total semester hours 6
YEAR 4
Fall Spring
(must be taken Fall or Spring semesters) (must be taken Fall or Spring semesters)
C&I 4303† 3 C&I 4616 6
ECE 4143† 3    
ESL 3023 3    
RDG 4833† 3    
Total semester hours 12 Total semester hours 6

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


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