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.
The last two long semesters of this degree are structured as a Professional Development School (PDS)* model and must be taken in sequence. PDS 1 is the first semester with two days per week of coursework and two days of field experience working in EC-12 classrooms at a partnering public school district. PDS 2 (Internship/student teaching) is the second semester and includes 14-weeks of full-time student teaching in the same school district plus attendance at a weekly seminar.
*Students seeking Grades 4–8 Science with English as a Second Language supplemental certification or Grades 4-8 Math with English Math with English as a Second Language certification do not participate in the PDS model. These students complete the Teach North Texas (TNTX) specialized math and science education sequence. See your advisor for details.
Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education (TEd) Program 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 be eligible for PDS 1, field experience, PDS 2, 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 coe.unt.edu/student-advising for details and to apply for admission to the Teacher Education program.