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Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Course Descriptions

Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching,
College of Education and Human Development


C&I 4203  Models of Teaching in the Content Areas of the Secondary School
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, EDP 3203, and EDU 2103. Prior or concurrent enrollment in EDP 4203 is required. (Not required for music majors.)
Study of curricular, instructional, and management approaches to subject areas taught in the secondary schools. Emphasis on developing instructional and curricular strategies that are effective in teaching content areas. Course will address special population of students, application of instructional media, technology, and classroom management for the content areas. This course may be offered in multiple sections according to subject-matter emphasis. Not offered in the summer. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4646 Student Teaching: Grades 8-12. This course must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4716 Student Teaching: All Level EC–12. Field experience required.

C&I 4213  Approaches to Teaching Music
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, EDP 3203, and EDU 2103.
Designed to provide preservice music teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare for successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating music instruction. Field experience required.

C&I 4303  Approaches to Teaching Social Studies Incorporating Language Arts and Fine Arts EC–6
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, C&I 4353, C&I 4403, ECE 4203, and RDG 3823. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 4143 and RDG 4833 is required. May not be taken concurrently with C&I 4353, C&I 4403, ECE 4203 or RDG 3823.
A study of methods, materials, and processes for teaching social studies incorporating the language arts and fine arts. Topics include the effective implementation of social studies curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation from EC–grade 6. Special emphasis is placed on integrating the various social sciences through thematic teaching. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4616 Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required.

C&I 4353  Approaches to Teaching Science EC–6
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, ECE 3143, ECE 3313, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4403, ECE 4203 and RDG 3823 is required.
A study of pedagogical approaches, materials, and resources designed to support children’s meaningful exploration, discovery, and construction of basic concepts and skills in EC–Grade 6. Emphasis in the course will be on the interrelatedness of science in the daily lives of students, unifying concepts and processes common to all sciences, development of effective learning environments for science both inside and outside of the classroom, planning and implementation of inquiry-based science lessons, assessment of student learning, and the use of an integrated approach to teaching. This course must be completed with a grade of "B-" or better for students to enroll in Block C courses. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4616 Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required. (Same as BBL 4353. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4353 and BBL 4353.)

C&I 4403  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC–6
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program, ECE 3143, ECE 3313, and ECE 3603. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4353, ECE 4203 and RDG 3823 is required.
This course involves the study of instructional methods and materials that support diverse children’s meaningful exploration, discovery, and development of basic concepts and skills in mathematics from EC–Grade 6. Emphasizing a constructivist approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics, this course also advances the use of technology to facilitate mathematics understanding. Attention will be given to understanding the interrelatedness of mathematics and other content areas, creating effective learning environments, planning and implementing lesson plans to meet the differentiated needs of a wide variety of learners, and assessing student learning in mathematics. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for students to enroll in Block C courses. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4616 Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experience required. (Same as BBL 4403. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4403 and BBL 4403.)

C&I 4433  Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–8
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4443, C&I 4603, EDP 4203, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to student teaching.
Study of curricula, instructional, and management approaches to teaching science grades 4–8. This course emphasizes a constructivist approach in developing inductive and inquiry teaching methods. Special emphasis is placed on the integration of technology in diverse learning environments. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. (Formerly C&I 4413. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: BBL 4433, C&I 4413, or C&I 4433.)

C&I 4443  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–8
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4433, C&I 4603, EDP 4203, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to student teaching.
Study of curricula, instructional, and management approaches to teaching mathematics grades 4–8. This course emphasizes a constructivist approach to the teaching of mathematics, including the use of technology in diverse learning environments. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. (Formerly C&I 4423. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: BBL 4443, C&I 4423, or C&I 4443.)

C&I 4533  Language Arts and Social Studies Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4543, C&I 4553, EDP 4203, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to student teaching for Grades 4–8 LA/RDG/SS certification. Concurrent enrollment in RDG 3533 for Grades 4–8 ESL certification.
This course provides preservice teachers the opportunity to work with students in grades 4–8 in school settings. Preservice teachers will design and teach developmentally appropriate language arts and social studies curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Preservice teachers will also identify and implement effective classroom management strategies. This course must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8 and must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. (Formerly C&I 4503. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4533 and C&I 4503.)

C&I 4543  Approaches to Teaching Social Studies–Grades 4–8
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4533, C&I 4553, EDP 4203, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to student teaching.
This course emphasizes student-centered curricula that meet the needs of diverse students in grades 4–8. Preservice teachers examine and apply models of teaching and learning to develop the knowledge, values, and experiential bases necessary for effective teaching. Students will demonstrate proficiency by creating and teaching lesson plans that specifically address the 4th–8th grade Social Studies standards as well as integrate other content, incorporate technology, and address diversity. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. (Formerly C&I 4513. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4543 and C&I 4513.)

C&I 4553  Approaches to Service-Learning in Social Studies–Grades 4–8
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4533, C&I 4543, EDP 4203, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to student teaching.
This course examines the philosophy, methodology, and components of service-learning. Service-learning is the engagement of students in activities designed to address or meet a community need, where students learn how their service makes a difference to themselves and in the lives of the service recipients, and where learning is intentionally linked to academics. Students will design and implement a service-learning project having social studies as the focus. This course must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. (Formerly C&I 4523. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4553 and C&I 4523.)

C&I 4603  Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. Concurrent enrollment in C&I 4433, C&I 4443, EDP 4203, and RDG 3533 in semester prior to student teaching.
This course provides preservice teachers the opportunity to work with students in grades 4–8 in school settings. Preservice teachers will design and teach developmentally appropriate mathematics and science curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Preservice teachers will also identify and implement effective classroom management strategies. This course must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8 and must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better for it to serve as a prerequisite for C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8. Field experience required. (Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 4603 and BBL 4603.)

C&I 4616  Student Teaching: Early Childhood–Grade 6
6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; completion of all requirements for admission to the EC–6 student teaching semester, and completion of 21 semester credit hours of Professional Education: C&I 4303, C&I 4353, C&I 4403, ECE 4143, ECE 4203, RDG 3823, and RDG 4833. A grade of “B-” or better in C&I 4303, C&I 4353, C&I 4403, RDG 3823, and RDG 4833. A grade of “C-” or better is required for C&I 4616 to be recommended for teacher certification. Individuals must apply to the director of student teaching one semester in advance.
Bilingual EC–6 prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; completion of all requirements for admission to the EC–6 student teaching semester, completion of 18 semester credit hours of Professional Education: BBL 4033, BBL 4063, BBL 4073, BBL 4353, BBL 4403, and RDG 3823.
Full semester of full-day student teaching in a regular or bilingual EC–grade 6 classroom under the supervision of University faculty. Student teacher will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in collaboration with the cooperating teacher and in conjunction with the UTSA supervisor. Seminars explore issues in teaching practice.

C&I 4626  Student Teaching: Grades 4–8
6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; completion of all requirements to the 4–8 student teaching semester, including all relevant practice TExES examinations, and completion of 24 semester credit hours: C&I 4533, C&I 4603, EDP 3303, ESL 3063, MAT 1203, RDG 3533, RDG 3633, RDG 3803. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the student teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. Individuals must apply to the director of student teaching one semester in advance.
4–8 Generalist students: A grade of “B-” or better is required for RDG 3533. A grade of “C-” or better is required for C&I 4533 and C&I 4603.
4–8 Mathematics/Science students: The following courses completed with a grade of “B-” or better: C&I 4433, C&I 4443, C&I 4603, RDG 3523, and RDG 3533.
4–8 Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies students: The following courses completed with a grade of “B-” or better: C&I 4533, C&I 4543, C&I 4553, RDG 3523, RDG 3533, RDG 3633.
4–8 ESL students: Completion of a minimum of 15 semester credit hours of the ESL specialization; and completion of C&I 4533, ESL 4003, EDU 2103, EDP 3303, EDP 4203, or BBL 5053.
4–8 Bilingual students: Completion of all requirements for admission to the Bilingual 4–8 student teaching semester, and completion of 15 semester credit hours of Professional Education: BBL 4033, BBL 4063, BBL 4073, C&I 4433 or C&I 4443, and C&I 4603.
Full semester of full-day student teaching in a regular upper elementary/middle school classroom under the supervision of University faculty is required. Student teacher will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in collaboration with the cooperating teacher and in conjunction with the UTSA supervisor. Seminars explore issues in teaching practice.

C&I 4646  Student Teaching: Grades 8–12
6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program and the student teaching semester, and completion of C&I 4203, EDP 3203, EDP 4203, and RDG 3773. Can lack no more than 6 hours in content subject matter. A grade of “B-” or better in C&I 4203. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the student teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. Individuals must apply to the director of student teaching one semester in advance.
Full semester of full-day student teaching in grades 8–12. Student teacher will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in collaboration with the cooperating teacher and in conjunction with the UTSA supervisor. Individuals pursuing a Basic Secondary Certificate, Concentration A, will student teach in the single teaching field for which certification is sought. Individuals with two teaching fields will student teach in their major teaching field. Seminars explore issues in teaching practice.

C&I 4716 Student Teaching: All Level EC–12
6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; completion of all requirements for the All-Level student teaching semester. All Level Physical Education students: Completion of KIN 4203 and KIN 4303 with a grade of “C-” or better. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the student teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification.
All Level Health Education students: Completion of C&I 4203, and EDP 3303 with a grade of “C-” or better. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the student teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification.
Special Education students: All courses required for the degree and certification in All Level special education must be completed prior to student teaching. SPE 3653 and SPE 4653 must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better to serve as prerequisites for C&I 4716. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the student teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification.
All Level Music students: Completion of C&I 4203, C&I 4213, EDP 3203, and RDG 3773. A grade of “C-” or better in C&I 4203 and C&I 4213. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the student teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification.
All Level Art students: Completion of all requirements for admission to the student teaching semester, and C&I 4203, EDU 2103, EDP 3203 or EDP 3303, EDP 4203, and RDG 3523 or RDG 3773. A grade of “B-” or better in C&I 4203. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the student teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification.
Languages other than English students: Completion of all requirements for admission to the student teaching semester, and C&I 4203, EDP 3203, EDP 4203, and RDG 3773. Can lack no more than 6 hours in content subject matter. A grade of “B-” or better in C&I 4203. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the student teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification.
All courses for degree/certification plan must be completed prior to student teaching. Full semester of full-day student teaching in an elementary or middle school setting and in a high school setting (grades 8–12) in the certificate area sought. Student teacher will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in collaboration with the cooperating teacher and in conjunction with the UTSA supervisor. Meets student teaching requirements for the All-Level certificate. Seminars explore issues in teaching practice. A grade of “C-” or better is required for the student teaching course to be recommended for teacher certification. Individuals must apply to the director of student teaching one semester in advance.

C&I 4911-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

C&I 4923  Internship in Education
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; a bachelor’s degree; completion of all coursework requirements for the certification program; consent of the COEHD Advising and Certification Center; and consent of the director of student teaching. Internships to be jointly supervised by an employing school district and UTSA.
Experiences will relate to the intern as the teacher-of-record in the classroom. May be repeated for credit.

C&I 4951-3  Special Studies in Curriculum and Instruction
(1-0, 2-0, 3-0) 1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

C&I 4993  Honors Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to candidates for honors in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching during the last two semesters; consent of the Honors College.
Supervised research and preparation for an honors thesis. May be repeated once with advisor’s approval.


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