The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Interdisciplinary Studies (English as Second Language EC-6th Certification), Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

 This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

To prepare highly skilled professionals to assume roles and positions in teaching, research, educational leadership, and human development to contribute to the educational achievement of children in elementary settings. 

Core Curriculum– 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics - 3 hours

Choose one:
MATH 1314College Algebra

3

MATH 1414College Algebra

4

050 Creative Arts - 3 hours

ARTS 1301Art Appreciation

3

Major Requirements – 60 Hours

Required Courses (Academic Content) - 30 hours

Choose one:

MUSI 1306Music Appreciation

3

MUSI 1313Teaching Music in the Elementary School

3

Choose one (not completed in General Education Core):

BIOL 1406General Biology I

4

BIOL 1407General Biology II

4

BIOL 3301Biological Evolution

3

BIOL 4315Inquiry-Based Science and Laboratory Techniques

3

Choose one (not completed in General Education Core):

GEOL 1403Physical Geology

4

ASTR 1401Introduction to Astronomy I

4

GEOG 2313Principles of Geography Physics Elementary

3

Required:

HIST 3333Texas History

3

KINE 3355Teaching Health and Wellness in the Elementary Classroom

3

MATH 1350Fundamentals of Mathematics I

3

MATH 1351Fundamentals of Mathematics II

3

READ 3320Early Literacy Development

3

READ 3324Reading Comprehension and Assessment

3

READ 3350Literature and Disciplinary Learning in the Elementary School

3

English as a Second Language (ESL) Concentration - 18 hours

 
EDSL 3320Language Acquisition and Development in the ESL Classroom

3

EDSL 3322Foundations of Bilingual Education and ESL

3

EDSL 3326English as a Second Language

3

EDSL 4306Content Area Methods in the ESL Classroom

3

EDSL 4308Assessment in the ESL Classroom

3

ENGL 4360Fundamentals of Language Development

3

The English as a Second Language Concentration resides in the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies. 
 

Education Support Courses – 12 hours

EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession

3

EDFR 2301Intercultural Context of Schooling

3

SPED 4310Inclusion and Differentiated Instruction in Special Education

3

EDSL 3310Emergent Bilingual Students in Schools

3

Teacher Certification – 24 Hours

Choose one:

EDCI 3331/EPSY 3331Human Development and Student Learning

3

Required:

EDCI 3332Designing and Implementing Instruction and Assessment

3

EDCI 3333Teaching Science to Elementary Students

3

EDCI 3334Teaching Mathematics to Elementary Students

3

EDCI 3335Teaching Social Studies to Elementary Students

3

EDCI 3336Teaching English Language Arts and Reading to Elementary Students

3

EDCI 4637Student Teaching for Elementary Teachers (EC-6)

6

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 126

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

For teacher certification, students must apply for admission and be accepted to the teacher preparation program prior to enrolling in teacher certification courses, except for EDFR 2301 which is open to all students. Admission requirements include:

1. Junior status (60 hours toward degree plan with teacher certification) and an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher. Sixty-hours of coursework includes core completion. Students must be core complete at time of admission. Elective courses are not included in the 60 hours. 

2. Attain minimum passing score on one of the following exams (may mix and match): 

  • THEA: Reading -260, MATH 230, Writing 240 
  • ACT or ACT-R: Composite Score of 23 
  • SAT: 1070 (Verbal + Math) 
  • TSI: Reading 351, Math 350, 340-390 on TSI Writing Placement and minimum 4 on WritePlacer essay; or 310-339 on TSI Writing Placement and levels 4-6 on ABE Diagnostic and minimum 5 on WritePlacer Essay 

3. (FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY) 

  • As per Texas Administrative Code, Chapter §227.10(6)(b), an applicant to a university undergraduate program that leads to a bachelor's degree may satisfy the English language proficiency requirement by meeting the English language proficiency requirement of the accredited Institution of Higher Education (IHE) at which the applicant is enrolled, 
  • or students must take all four parts of the Test of English as a Foreign Language-Internet Bases Test (TOEFL-iBT) and obtain a minimum score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing. Exam is required for students that graduated from a Non-English speaking High School outside the United States. 

4. Prerequisite Coursework and Grades:

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

Students must apply and be accepted into clinical teaching prior to their last semester in the program. 

Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.