Teaching Emphasis

Interdisciplinary Study Areas of Emphasis

Within the Interdisciplinary Studies major, seven areas of emphasis are offered. The areas of emphasis correspond with certification frameworks in the State of Texas. 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.

UD Core courses are taken Freshman and Sophomore year.

EDU courses are taken Junior and Senior year. Only EDU 3305 and EDU 3327 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. Also, Directed Teaching can be completed as a post baccalaureate student.

The Basic Requirements for All Areas:

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

Total: 22 hours

Additional Required Courses according to emphasis:

EC - 6

  • EDU 3326, 3103, 4343, 3330
  • One reading elective selected from either EDU 3324 or 5354
  • One education elective (3 hours) selected from EDU 3324, 3329, 5352, 5354, or course approved by the Department Chair
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Total: 16 hours

English Language Arts and Reading 4 - 8

  • One reading elective selected from EDU 3324, 5323 or 5354, 3328, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352
  • 9 hours upper division English courses selected and approved by adviser
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Total: 22 hours

Social Studies 4 - 8

  • EDU 3328, 3330, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352
  • 9 hours upper division History/Politics/Economics courses selected and approved by adviser
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Total: 22 hours

Mathematics 4 - 8

  • EDU 3328, 3329, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352
  • 6 hours Math electives (beyond Core requirements)
  • Plus 9 hours Upper Division Math (3000 level or higher) selected and approved by adviser
  • A minimum of 18 hours of Math is required
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Total: 22 hours

Science 4 - 8

  • EDU 3326, 3103, 3328, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352
  • 3 hours Science electives (beyond Core requirements)
  • Plus 9 hours Upper Division (3000 level or higher) Science selected and approved by adviser
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Total: 22 hours

English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4 - 8

  • One reading elective from EDU 3324, 5323, or 5354
  • 3328, 3330, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352
  • 6 hours Upper Division (3000 level or higher) English
  • 6 hours Upper Division History/Politics/Economics selected and approved by advisor
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Total: 28 hours

Mathematics/Science 4 - 8

  • EDU 3326, 3103, 3328, 3329, 4343 or 4346, 3111, 5352
  • At least 12 hours each in Math and Science and 6 hours Upper Division (3000 level or higher) Math and 6 hours Upper Division Science. This would include 2 courses in Math beyond Core requirements plus 6 hours Upper Division in Math and 6 Upper Division hours in Science beyond core requirements. (Ecology is a recommended Science course.)
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Total: 29 hours + lab hours

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