2012-2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Interdisciplinary Studies with Elementary Education Certification (EC-6 Generalist and ESL Teacher Certification), BS
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies include the following teacher certification options: Early Childhood (EC) - 6 Generalist and Bilingual Certification, EC-6 Generalist and English as a Second Language Certification (ESL), EC-6 Generalist and Special Education (EC-12), 4-8 Mathematics and English as a Second Language Certification (ESL), and 4-8 Science and English as a Second Language Certification (ESL). The following requirements are applicable to all students pursuing a teaching certificate:
- Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 123 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of all degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.
- Other Requirements:
- Admission to the Teacher Education Program: Prior to enrolling in designated Teacher Education courses, students must meet these requirements for admission to the Program:
- Have junior level status
- Pass the THEA or Accuplacer OR qualify for ACT/SAT/TAKS exemption.
- Minimum THEA scores: 240 (Reading), 230 (Math), 220 (writing)
- Minimum Accuplacer scores: 80 (Reading), 63 (Math), 80/5 or 6 or higher on essay (Writing)
- Have a 2.75 overall GPA or a 2.75 GPA in the completed core
- Have a degree plan completed or in process
- Provide two professional references, including one from college faculty (excluding family members)
- EC-6 Bilingual certification candidates must successfully pass the Bilingual Language Assessment
- Completed Entrance Interview
- The professional course sequence and student teaching are completed in the two final semesters of the degree. The Teacher Education Program offers two tracks for completing the EC-6 and 4-8 methods courses: (1) Pedagogy: Professional Development School (PDS) model and (2) the Block Model. Students are encouraged to consider their needs and goals when choosing a path for completing their coursework. The PDS Model is designed to be a rich, experiential approach to learning how to teach. It features an emphasis on professional development and practice. The Block Model is designed to support students who work full time or cannot, for other reasons, meet the time commitment required of the PDS model. Students must apply for their selected methods course option the semester prior to enrolling in the courses and attend a mandatory orientation session. All students applying for the methods courses must have a 2.75 or better GPA in the Core, Academic Major, and Pedagogy.
- For all certification fields, English Composition I and II, College Algebra, and all DFST, EDEC, EDEE, EDRE, EDBE, EDSP and their transfer equivalents or substitutions must be completed with a grade of C or better in order to advance to the professional methods courses and student teaching.
- Eligibility for Teacher Certification and Endorsements: In order to receive recommendation for teacher certification through UNT Dallas, students must:
- Complete an approved teacher education program for the preparation of early childhood, middle grades, secondary or all level
- Successfully complete student teaching
- Pass appropriate content and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) sections of the Texas Examinations of Education Standards (TExES). For Bilingual certification, candidates must also pass the TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT). See the UNT Dallas Teacher Certification Officer (Dallas 1, Room 201Q) for more information on the application process.
- Apply for the appropriate teaching certificate with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). See the UNT Dallas Teacher Certification Officer (Dallas 1, Room 201Q) for more information on the application process.
- Criminal background check.