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  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education (Interdisciplinary Studies, BS)


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Interdisciplinary Studies, BS (EC–6 or 4–8 Teacher Certification)


The Bachelor of Science with a major in interdisciplinary studies (with EC-6 or 4-8 teacher certification) develops highly qualified teachers through a rigorous curriculum with high standards. District administrators report that our graduates are as prepared in their first year of teaching as second- and third-year teachers.


Students completing the requirements for the undergraduate degree will receive the Bachelor of Science with a major in interdisciplinary studies. The undergraduate program requires a minimum of 120–126 semester hours. The specific number of hours required is determined by one’s choice of grades EC–6 or grades 4–8 options as described below.

Degree requirements

Students must be admitted to teacher education before enrolling in most education courses in the degree. In addition, students must maintain a 2.75 GPA in various sub-areas of their degree audit (i.e., university core, academic major, and education/pedagogy courses) in order to proceed with early field experience and student teaching. Students seeking EC–6 or 4–8 teacher certification must also earn grades of C or above in all required courses on their degree audit. Contact the College of Education Student Advising Office, 940-565-2736; Matthews Hall, Room 105; or www.coe.unt.edu/sao for additional information.

Students are encouraged to visit the College of Education web site for TExES information (www.coe.unt.edu/TExES). Students are also encouraged to see their advisors each term/semester for help with program decisions and course selection.

Hours required and general/college requirements


A minimum of 120–126 semester hours (depending upon teacher certification and course options selected), of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Education requirements.

The department recommends specific courses (best choices) in some categories. Students may elect to take other courses listed under the University Core Curriculum  to fulfill these requirements; however, doing so may add hours to the degree.

Students should consult with their advisors to determine how best to meet the core requirements.

Major requirements


Early Childhood through Grade Six (EC–6) Core Subjects teacher certification options


Students prepare for a core subjects certificate or a core subjects and a specialization certificate. Students should consult with their advisors to determine the best sequence for taking core courses, prerequisite courses, major courses and PDS courses. Part of this degree is two semesters of courses in a Professional Development School (PDS). Courses taken during the first semester of PDS require two days per week of course work and two days per week internship at a PDS site. The second semester of PDS is 15 weeks of student teaching internship plus attendance at a weekly seminar.

Core Subjects EC–6 Certification (no specialization certificate)


Core Subjects EC–6 with ESL Supplemental Certification


Core Subjects EC–6 with Bilingual Supplemental Certification


Core Subjects EC–6 with Special Education EC–12 Certification


4–8 content areas with English as a Second Language teacher certifications


Plus the following

  • An approved American Literature course (advanced)
  • An approved British Literature course (advanced)
  • Any two approved mathematics courses (6 hours, in addition to the core)
  • Any two approved science courses (6 hours, in addition to the core)

Grades 4–8 Mathematics with English as a Second Language certification


Science, 6 hours

Any two approved science courses (6 hours, in addition to the core).

Grades 4–8 Science with English as a Second Language certification


Plus the following

  • Any two approved U.S. history courses (6 hours, advanced)
  • Any approved European history course (3 hours, advanced)
  • Any approved world history course (3 hours, advanced)
  • Any approved American government and politics course (3 hours, advanced)
  • Any approved comparative government and politics course (3 hours, advanced)
  • Any two approved mathematics courses (6 hours, in addition to the core)
  • Any two approved science courses (6 hours, in addition to the core)

Minor requirements


There is no minor for this degree.

Electives


There are no electives for this degree.

Other requirements


Admission to teacher education and eligibility for teacher certification.

See “Student Teaching ” in the College of Education general information section of this catalog.

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