The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Interdisciplinary Studies, (Middle School Mathematics, 4-8, Teacher 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.

Mathematics Majors with Teacher Certification are attractive to the growing demand for teachers in middle schools and elementary schools. A BIS in Middle School Mathematics will prepare the graduate for an exciting and rewarding teaching position and provide the necessary preparation for graduate studies in Mathematics Education. 

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

MATH 2412Precalculus

4

Three credit hours apply.

030 Life and Physical Sciences - 6 hours

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

Three credits hour of lecture from each course applies.

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours

Choose from:

ECON 1301Introduction to Economics

3

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

CSCI 1380Computer Science I

3

One credit hour of lab from PHYS 2425 and PHYS 2426 applies.

Major Requirements – 57 Hours

Required Courses - 53 hours

Mathematics Core - 38 hours

MATH 2412Precalculus

4

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATE 3301Fundamentals of Middle School Mathematics

3

MATE 3302Fundamentals of Measurement and Geometry I

3

MATE 3303Fundamentals of Measurement and Geometry II

3

MATE 3304Fundamentals of Algebraic Structures

3

MATE 3305Fundamentals of Statistics and Probability

3

MATE 3306Middle School Mathematics in a Technological Environment

3

MATE 3307Fundamentals of Problem Solving

3

MATE 3311Fundamentals of Discrete Mathematics

3

MATE 3312Fundamentals of Number Theory

3

MATE 3313Fundamentals of Mathematics History

3

MATE 3314Fundamentals of Mathematical Structures and Processes

3

Interdisciplinary Component - 15 hours

MATH 1350Fundamentals of Mathematics I

3

MATH 1351Fundamentals of Mathematics II

3

MATE 3321/BIOL 3330/PHYS 3330Functions and Modeling

3

MATE 4392Research Methods in Middle and Secondary School Math

3

MATE 3317/PHIL 3317Perspectives in Mathematics and Science

3

Support Courses - 4 hours

Choose 4 hours of Life and Physical Science beyond the core.

Teacher Certification - 21 Hours

Area of certification: Mathematics (4-8)

UTCH 1101Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

1

UTCH 1102Inquiry-Based Lesson Design

1

UTCH 3301Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science

3

UTCH 3302Classroom Interactions

3

UTCH 3303Project-Based Instruction

3

UTCH 4601Apprentice Teaching

6

UTCH 4101Apprentice Teaching Seminar

1

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admission Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

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. 

Admission to the College of Education and P16 Integration is required for participation in Apprentice Teaching and Seminar (UTCH 4101, UTCH 4601). Students unable to be admitted to UTCH 4601 and UTCH 4101 will be required to substitute 6 hours, as recommended by advisor.

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

Major Graduation Requirements 

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements.

Major requirements must be completed with a minimum grade of ‘C’ and a minimum GPA of 2.5.