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  119 credits Undergraduate Students interested in teaching Early Childhood though 6th grade
English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 123 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 4-8 123 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 4-8 133 credits Undergraduate Students interested in teaching Math & Science in 4th - 8th grades

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 doicesan 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.  Courses should include Developmental Psychology, Educational Evaluation, Instructional Strategies for Elementary or Secondary Education, Classroom Management and Teaching Methods, and Educational Technology.  The Diocese of Dallas requires that a Deficiency Removal Plan be on file.

The Department develops and maintains a palcement portfolio for students who successfully complete a minimum of 18 hours in Education.

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