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Interdisciplinary Studies

Teacher Education

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree prepares you for a career as an elementary or special education teacher. Within this degree, we offer specializations:

Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes vary by specialization:

EC-6 Generalist, Bilingual
Students will:

  • Demonstrate a depth of knowledge of bilingual education;
  • Demonstrate a depth of speaking ability in Spanish;
  • Effectively apply the competencies of a bilingual education teacher in their student teaching experience.

EC-6 Generalist, Reading
Students will:

  • Provide well-designed instruction and assessment for students from a variety of backgrounds;
  • Develop classroom climates conducive to learning;
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of processes and practices associated with students’ reading and literacy development;
  • Fulfill professional roles and responsibilities.

4-8 Mathematics
Students will:

  • Design instruction and assessment, with special emphasis on mathematics, to promote student learning among diverse student populations;
  • Provide examples of a positive classroom climate among diverse student populations;
  • Determine effective, responsive instruction and assessment, with special emphasis on math;
  • Articulate and fulfill professional roles and responsibilities.

EC-12 Special Education
Students will:

  • Demonstrate a depth of knowledge of understanding individuals with disabilities and evaluating their needs;
  • Demonstrate a depth of knowledge of fostering learning and development for individuals with disabilities;
  • Demonstrate a depth of knowledge of foundations of special education and professional roles and responsibilities of the special education teacher;
  • Effectively apply the competencies of a special education teacher in their student teaching experience.

Degree requirements

Please see the course catalog for additional information beyond the degree plans linked above. Regularly visit with your academic advisor to make sure you are on the right track with course and certification requirements.

Certification requirements

Certification requirements are different from the requirements for your major (although some courses overlap).


TEA Contact
For issues or complaints about this educator preparation program, email www.tea.state.tx.us, complaints (located in red banner at the bottom of the home page), or mail to: Correspondence Management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701.