B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies

Degree Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Within the Interdisciplinary Studies major, seven areas of emphasis are offered.  The areas correspond with certification frameworks in the State of Texas. In some areas, Clinical Teaching is completed after graduation. 

Area of Emphasis Credits/Duration Program Level Designed For
Generalist EC-6  120 credits Undergraduate Students interested in teaching Early Childhood though 6th grade
English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 119 credits Undergraduate Students interested in teaching English Language Arts & Reading in 4th - 8th grades
Social Studies 4-8 122 credits Undergraduate Students interested in teaching Social Studies (History) in 4th - 8th grades
Mathematics 4-8 120 credits Undergraduate Students interested in teaching Math in 4th - 8th grades
Science 4-8 126 credits Undergraduate Students interested in teaching Science in 4th - 8th grades
English Language Arts & Social Studies 4-8 122 credits Undergraduate Students interested in teaching English Language Arts & Social Studies (History) in 4th - 8th grades
Mathematics & Science 4-8 130 credits Undergraduate Students interested in teaching Math & Science in 4th - 8th grades

 The required courses for the above areas of study are as follows:

Basic Requirements for All Areas (21 hours)

  • EDU 3322. Child and Young Adult Literature
  • EDU 3323, 3102. Developmental Reading and Reading Field Based Experience
  • EDU 3305. Computer Problem-Solving.
  • EDU 3327. Child Growth & Development.
  • EDU 3147 and 3148. Reflective Teaching
  • EDU 5351. History of American Education.
  • EDU 5352. Educational Evaluation

Early Childhood - 6th Grade (17 hours)

  • EDU 3324. Diagnostic and Corrective Reading.
  • EDU 3325, 3101. Mathematic Concepts for Elementary Teachers with Math Field Based Experience
  • EDU 3326, 3103. Science in the Elementary School with Science Field Based Experience.
  • EDU 3330. Integrated Curriculum.
  • EDU 4343.  Principles of Elementary Education.

English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 (19 hours)

  • EDU 3324. Diagnostic and Corrective Reading.
  • One Reading Elective selected from EDU 5323. Reading in Secondary Schools or EDU 5354. Language Acquisitions/Linguistics or EDU 5355. Foundations of ESL Instruction.
  • EDU 4343. Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346. Principles of Secondary Education and EDU 3111. Middle School Field Based Experience 
  •  9 credit hours of upper division English selected and approved by advisor

Social Studies 4-8 (19 hours)

  • EDU 3330. Integrated Curriculum.
  • EDU 4343. Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346. Principles of Secondary Education and EDU 3111. Middle School Field Based Experience 
  • EDU 5323 Reading in Secondary Schools
  • 9 credit hours of upper division Hisotry, Politics, and/or Economics selected and approved by advisor.

Mathematics 4-8 (29 hours)

  • EDU 3325, 3101. Mathematic Concepts for Elementary Teachers with Math Field Based Experience
  • EDU 3329 Mathematics Problem Solving or approved EDU elective
  • EDU 4343. Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346. Principles of Secondary Education and EDU 3111. Middle School Field Based Experience 
  • EDU 5323. Reading in Secondary Schools.
  • 6 credit hours of math electives beyond core
  • 9 credit hours of upper division math selected and approved by advisor.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of Math required.

Science 4-8 (27 hours + lab)

  • EDU 3325, 3101. Mathematic Concepts for Elementary Teachers with Math Field Based Experience
  • EDU 3326, 3103. Science in the Elementary School with Science Field Based Experience.
  • EDU 4343. Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346. Principles of Secondary Education and EDU 3111. Middle School Field Based Experience 
  • EDU 5323. Reading in Secondary Schools
  • 3 credit hours of science elective beyond core
  • 9 credit hours of upper division science selected and approved by advisor.
  • A minimum of 18-19 credit hours of Science required.

English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4-8 (25 hours)

  • EDU 3324. Diagnostic and Corrective Reading.
  • One Reading Elective selected from EDU 5323. Reading in Secondary Schools or EDU 5354. Language Acquisitions/Linguistics or EDU 5355. Foundations of ESL Instruction.
  • EDU 3330.  Integrated Curriculum.
  • EDU 4343. Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346. Principles of Secondary Education and EDU 3111. Middle School Field Based Experience 
  • 6 credit hours of upper division English selected and approved by advisor.
  • 6 credit hours of upper division History, Politics, and/or Economics selected and approved by advisor. 

Mathematics/Science 4-8 (39 hours + lab)

  • EDU 3325, 3101. Mathematic Concepts for Elementary Teachers with Math Field Based Experience
  • EDU 3326, 3103. Science in the Elementary School with Science Field Based Experience.
  • EDU 4343. Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346. Principles of Secondary Education and EDU 3111. Middle School Field Based Experience 
  • EDU 5323. Reading in the Secondary Schools
  • 12 credit hours each in Math and Science (1 course Math beyond core plus 6 additional upper division hours in Math and 6 additional upper division hours in Science beyond core).
  • Ecology (BIO 3326 & 3126) is a recommended science course.

The University of Dallas, Education Department also offers coursework for those interested in Teaching Theology.

Teaching Theology

There is no state certification in the area of Theology.  However, the Department of Education works with theology majors to prepare them for teaching positions in Catholic schools.  Each docese/school determines the qualifications required to teach theology.  Students must check specific diocesan requirements to insure compliance.

The Diocese of Dallas in part of the Texas Catholic Conference, which requires that all teachers in Catholic School be degreed in the area they are assigned to teach and have 12 credits of Education.  The Diocese of Dallas requires that a Deficiency Removal Plan be on file.

The recommended courses for those who wish to teach Theology include:

  • EDU 3327 Child Growth & Development
  • EDU 4346 Principles of Secondary Education
  • EDU 3111 Middle School Field Based Experience
  • EDU 3112 High School Field Based Experience
  • EDU 5352 Education Evaluation
  • EDU 5323 Reading in the Secondary Schools

The Department develops and maintains a palcement portfolio for students who successfully complete a minimum of 18 hours in Education which include the following courses:

  • EDU 4350 or 4850 Instructional Practice in Religion and Theology
  • EDU 4148 Clinical Teaching Seminar

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