BSIS 4th–8th Grade
The Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies (BSIS) is a flexible degree option, designed to help you tailor your academic experience to your career goals. Students in the BSIS program can choose between two education tracks: the early childhood-through-grade-six (EC–6) track and the grade-four-through-grade-eight (4–8) track. Other certifications are available upon completion of the program’s requirements.
Interdisciplinary studies is the program for you if
- You want to be a teacher or work within the education field
- You’re looking for an education degree with a little wiggle room for you to explore your interests
- You’re organized, have a solid sense of ethics, are a good problem-solver, and like working with people
Degrees You Can Earn
BSIS EC–6 Track or BSIS 4–8 Track: You’ll take core liberal arts courses in addition to BSIS-specific courses such as professional writing, teaching English as a second language, and Texas early childhood articulation (TECA) classes. Nine hours of student teaching is required. Students must take all state certification exams and core subjects or content exams prior to student teaching.
Once you successfully complete your coursework, you’ll receive either the Core Subject EC–6 Teaching Certificate or the Core Subject 4–8 Teaching Certificate from the State of Texas.
Other Degree Options
BSIS students who complete the program are eligible for the following certifications from the State of Texas:
Special Education Certificate (All Levels, EC–12): This certification requires six additional courses:
- SPED 3321 Exceptional Children: An Introduction (fall, spring, and summer)
- SPED 3322 Exceptional Children: Assessment and Programming (summer)
- SPED 4323 Exceptional Children: Modifications, Methods, and Materials (fall)
- SPED 4324 Exceptional Children: Behavior Management (spring)
- SPED 4305 Practicum in Special Education (fall and spring)
- SPED 4304 Student Teaching: Exceptional Children (fall and spring)
(SPED 4304 Student Teaching: Exceptional Children will replace ESED 4304 Early School Student Teaching or MSED 4304 Middle School Student Teaching.)
English as a Second Language Certificate: This certification allows you to teach at the same grade levels and in the same content area as your initial BSIS certificate and will require five additional courses.
- ENGL 3310 Introduction to the Study of Language
- LANG 4310 Language and Reading
- ANTH 3311 Teaching Diverse Populations
- CUIN 4320 Teaching English as a Second Language
- CUIN 4303 Student Teaching in English as a Second Language (replaces ESED 4303 Early School or MSED 4303 Middle School Student Teaching)
Where Can This Degree Take You?
Well, where would you like to go? The BSIS prepares you to teach all over the state of Texas in public and private schools.
There’s a lot ahead of you. You can go anywhere and do anything—follow a path or forge a brand new one. It’s all up to you, and we’re here to help prepare you for whatever journey lies ahead.
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