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2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies with Elementary Education Certification (Science 4-8 and ESL Teacher Certification), BS

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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 English, Language Arts and Reading and English as a Second Language (ESL); 4-8 Mathematics and English as a Second Language Certification (ESL); and 4-8 Science and English as a Second Language Certification (ESL) and 4-8 Social Studies and English as a Second Language (ESL).  The following requirements are applicable to all students pursuing a teaching certificate:

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of all degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

2. Other Requirements:

a. 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 Accuplacer or THEA OR qualify for ACT/SAT/TAKS exemption
    • Accuplacer: 80(Reading), 63(Math) or 90(Arithmetic), 80/5 or 6 or higher on essay(Writing)
    • THEA: 240(Reading), 230(Math), 220(Writing)
  • Have a 2.75 overall GPA AND a 2.75 GPA in the completed core
  • A grade of “C” or better in all program courses
  • Have a degree plan completed or in process
  • Core complete and completed two of the required math courses and two of the required science courses with a grade of “C” or better
  • Provide two professional reference forms, including one from college faculty (must be from two separate individuals and excluding family members)
  • Successfully pass the Bilingual Language Assessment (where applicable)
  • Completed Entrance Interview

b. The methods course sequence and student teaching are completed in the two final semesters of the degree.  The Teacher Education Program offers methods courses (Clinical I) during the day and evening. Students are encouraged to consider their needs and goals when choosing a path for completing their coursework. Regardless of whether a student chooses to attend the methods courses during the day or during the evening, they will be required to complete classroom observations required for each course. Students must apply for the methods courses 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.

3. All courses 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.

4. See the UNT Dallas Teacher Certification Officer (Dallas 1, Room 201Q) for more information on the application process.

5. 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 test approval and application processes.
  • Criminal background check.

Suggested Academic Plan

This is a suggested academic plan for full-time students.  Part-time students may make adjustments and should consult with their advisor for course prerequisites.  Courses transferred from another institution may satisfy curriculum requirements.  Students should consult with their advisor to ensure courses are taken in the appropriate sequence and to determine substitution of transfer courses if necessary.

*Denotes core classes that may be satisfied with a matching academic major course

General (Core) Requirements

  • ENGL 1313 - Computer Assisted College Writing I
  • ENGL 1323 - Computer Assisted College Writing II
  • *Mathematics (MATH 1352 or 1354)
  • *Life & Physical Science (See Certification Requirements)
  • *Life & Physical Science (See Certification Requirements)
  • Creative Arts (ART 1300)
  • Language, Philosophy & Culture (LING 2050 or ENGL 2220)
  • HIST 2610 - United States History to 1865
  • HIST 2620 - United States History Since 1865
  • PSCI 1040 - American Government: Laws and Institutions
  • PSCI 1050 - American Government: Process and Policies
  • *Social and Behavioral Sciences (DFST 1013)                                                                                 
  • *Component Area Option (EDSP 2313)                                                     
  • *Component Area Option (SPAN 1010 or 2313)

Certification Requirements

  • MATH 1100 - College Algebra
  • MATH 1353 - Geometry and Measurement for Teachers
  • MATH 1354 - Numbers and Operations for Teachers
  • MATH 1355 - Probability and Statistics for Teachers 
  • EDSP 2310 - Individuals with Disabilities
  • LING 3060 - Principles of Language Study
  • SPAN 1010 - Elementary Spanish or SPAN 2313 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • DFST 1013 Human Development
  • EDBE 3470 Foundations of Bilingual & ESL Education
  • EDBE 3480 Bilingualism/Multiculturalism

Academic Major: Science Requirements

  • BIOL 1132 - Environmental Science
  • BIOL 1710/1730 - Principles of Biology I / Lab
  • BIOL 1720/1740 - Principles of Biology II / Lab
  • CHEM 1410/1430 - General Chemistry for Science Majors / Lab
  • CHEM 1420/1440 - General Chemistry for Science Majors / Lab
  • GEOG 1710 - Earth Science
  • PHYS 1052 - Solar System or PHYS 1062 Stars and the Universe
  • PHYS 1410/1430 - General Physics I / Lab
  • PHYS 1420/1440 - General Physics II / Lab
  • Approved Advanced Elective
  • Approved Advanced Elective
  • Approved Advanced Electives
  • Electives of choice as needed for a total of 120 hours (labs count)

Academic Major: Teacher Education Requirements

The following courses require admission to the Teacher Education Program.

  • EDUC 3320 - Foundations of Education
  • EDSE 4060 - Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools
  • EDRE 4840 - Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • EDBE 4490 - Teaching ESL EC-12: Instructional Strategies and Resources

Pedagogy - Professional Development (Clinical - Methods Course Sequence)

Clinical I Course(s):
  • EDEE 4330 - Science in Grades EC-6 (Attend Orientation; Portfolio Checkpoint II; requires 20hours field
  • EDSP 4340 - Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies for Exceptional Learners (Attend Orientation; Portfolio Checkpoint II; requires 20hours field experience)
Clinical II Courses:
  • EDUC 4200 - Student Teaching

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