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REQUIREMENTS AND SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR THE INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES MAJOR

The Interdisciplinary Studies Major includes seven areas of emphasis which correspond to certification frameworks in the State of Texas. Areas of emphasis include Early Childhood Generalist EC - 6 (grades PK - 6), Middle School areas (grades 4 - 8) including English Language Arts and Reading 4 - 8, Social Studies 4 - 8, Mathematics 4 - 8, Science 4 - 8, English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4 - 8, and Mathematics/Science 4 - 8. (If you are interested in obtaining certification for teaching in Secondary Schools, you must major in your subject area. This is different from the Interdisciplinary Studies Major.)

Within the Interdisciplinary Studies major, seven areas of emphasis are offered. The areas of emphasis correspond with certification frameworks in the State of Texas. Areas of emphasis include Early Childhood Generalist EC-6 (grades PK-6) and middle school areas (grades 4-8) of English Language Arts and Reading 4-8, Social Studies 4-8, Mathematics 4-8, Science 4-8, English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4-8, and Mathematics/Science 4-8.

Students take UD Core courses Freshman and Sophomore year. EDU courses are taken Junior and Senior year. Only EDU 3305 Computer Problem Solving and EDU 3327 Child Growth and Development may be taken the sophomore year without permission of the instructor. Directed Teaching (Student Teaching) is a requirement for Texas state certification but is not a requirement of the Interdisciplinary Studies Major. This means that a student can graduate with the Interdisciplinary Studies Major without doing student teaching. Directed Teaching can be completed as a post baccalaureate student.

Click on the area of emphasis to see a suggested sequence of courses:

EC-6 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND READING 4-8

SOCIAL STUDIES 4-8

MATHEMATICS 4-8

SCIENCE 4-8 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND READING/SOCIAL STUDIES 4-8

MATHEMATICS/SCIENCE 4-8

For course descriptions click on "Courses" on the menu on the left.

The Basic Requirements for All Areas (22 hours):

EDU 3322, 3323, 3102, 3305, 3325, 3101, 3327, 3147, 3148, 5351.

Additional Required Courses according to emphasis:

EC-6 (16 hours): 3326, 3103, 4343, 3330, plus one reading elective selected from either 3324 or 5354; and one education elective (3 hours) selected from 3324, 3329, 5352, 5354, or course approved by the Department Chair.

English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 (22 hours): one reading elective selected from 3324, 5323 or 5354, 3328, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352, and 9 hours upper division English selected and approved by adviser.

Social Studies 4-8 (22 hours): 3328, 3330, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352, and 9 hours upper division History/Politics/Economics selected and approved by adviser.

Mathematics 4-8 (25 hours): 3328, 3329, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352, 6 hour math elective beyond core plus 9 hours upper division math selected and approved by adviser. A minimum of 18 hours Math required.

Science 4-8 (26 hours + lab hours): 3326, 3103, 3328, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352, 3 hours science elective beyond core plus 9 hours upper division science selected and approved by adviser.

English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4-8 (28 hours): one reading elective from 3324, 5323, or 5354; 3328, 3330, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352, and 6 hours upper division English and 6 hours upper division History/Politics/Economics selected and approved by advisor.

Mathematics/Science 4-8 (29 hours + lab hours): 3326, 3103, 3328, 3329, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352, at least 12 hours each in Math and Science and 6 hours upper division math and 6 hours upper division science. This would include 2 courses in Math beyond core plus 6 hours upper division in Math and 6 upper division hours in Science beyond core. Ecology is a recommended Science course.

 

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