B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

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: 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. Also, Directed Teaching can be completed as a post baccalaureate student.

Basic Requirements for All Areas:

  • EDU 3322: Child and Young Adult Literature,
  • EDU 3323: Developmental Reading,
  • EDU 3102: Reading Practicum,
  • EDU 3305: Computer Problem Solving,
  • EDU 3327: Child Growth and Development,
  • EDU 3147 and 3148: Reflective Teaching,
  • EDU 5351: History of American Education

Total: 22 hours

Additional Required Courses according to emphasis:

EC (Early Childhood) - 6

  • Required:
    EDU 3325: Elementary Math Concepts;
    EDU 3101: Math Practicum;
    EDU 3326: Elementary Science Concepts;
    EDU 3103: Science Practicum;
    EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education;
    EDU 3330: Integrated Curriculum
  • One reading elective selected from either EDU 3324: Diagnostic and Corrective Reading or 5354: Language Acquisition/Linguistics
  • One education elective (3 hours) selected from:
    EDU 3324: Diagnostic and Corrective Reading;
    EDU 5352: Educational Evaluation;
    EDU 5354: Language Acquisition/Linguistics;
    EDU 5355: Foundations of ESL Instruction
    EDU 5357.001: Special Topic: Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners
    or course approved by the Department Chair
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Total: 16 hours

English Language Arts and Reading 4 - 8

  • Required:
    EDU 3327: Child Growth and Development,
    EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346: Principles of Secondary Education,
    EDU 3111: Middle School Practicum
    EDU 5352: Educational Evaluation
  • One reading elective selected from:
    EDU 3324: Diagnostics and Corrective Reading,
    EDU 5323: Reading in the Secondary Schools
    EDU 5354: Language Acquisition/Linguistics
  • 9 hours upper division English courses selected and approved by adviser
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Total: 22 hours

Social Studies 4 - 8

  • Required:
    EDU 3327: Child Growth and Development,
    EDU 3330: Integrated Curriculum,
    EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346: Principles of Secondary Education,
    EDU 3111: Middle School Practicum
    EDU 5352: Educational Evaluation
  • 9 hours upper division History/Politics/Economics courses selected and approved by adviser
  • Download sample Degree Plan

Total: 22 hours

Mathematics 4 - 8

  • Required:
    EDU 3327: Child Growth and Development,
    EDU 3325: Elementary Math Concepts,
    EDU 3101: Math Practicum,
    EDU 3329: Mathematics Problem Solving,
    EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346: Principles of Secondary Education,
    EDU 3111: Middle School Practicum
    EDU 5352: Educational Evaluation
  • 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

  • Required:
    EDU 3325: Elementary Math Concepts,
    EDU 3101: Math Practicum,
    EDU 3326: Elementary Science Concepts,
    EDU 3103: Science Practicum,
    EDU 3327: Child Growth and Development,
    EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346: Principles of Secondary Education,
    EDU 3111: Middle School Practicum,
    EDU 5352: Educational Evaluation
  • 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

  • Required:
    EDU 3327: Child Growth and Development,
    EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346: Principles of Secondary Education,
    EDU 3111: Middle School Practicum,
    EDU 5352: Educational Evaluation
  • One reading elective selected from:
    EDU 3324: Diagnostics and Corrective Reading,
    EDU 5323: Reading in the Secondary Schools
    EDU 5354: Language Acquisition/Linguistics
  • 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

  • Required:
    EDU 3326: Elementary Science Concepts,
    EDU 3103: Science Practicum,
    EDU 3327: Child Growth and Development,
    EDU 3329: Mathematics Problem Solving,
    EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346: Principles of Secondary Education,
    EDU 3111: Middle School Practicum,
    EDU 5352: Educational Evaluation
  • 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 Upper Division hours in Math and 6 Upper Division hours in Science beyond core requirements. (Ecology is a recommended Science course.)
  • Download sample Degree Plan

Total: 29 hours + lab hours

 

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