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

Interdisciplinary Studies with Elementary Education Certification (English, Language Arts and Reading 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 have complete 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  
  • Life & Physical Science  
  • Life & Physical Science  
  • Creative Arts (ART 1300) 
  • *Language, Philosophy & Culture (LING 2050; 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 2310 or COMM 1010) 
  • *Component Area Option (SPAN 1010 or SPAN 2313) 

Certification Requirements 

Academic Major: English, Language Arts and Reading 

Academic Major: Teacher Education Requirements 

Pedagogy - Professional Development (Clinical - Methods Course Sequence) 

Clinical I Courses:
  • EDRE 4861 - Reading and the Language Arts in Grades EC-8 (requires 20 hours field experience) 
  • EDBE 4490 Teaching ESL EC-12: Instructional Strategies and Resources to Clinical I (requires 10 hours of field experience) 
  • MATH 1352 - Algebra for Teaches 
  • MATH 1354 -Numbers and Operations for Teachers 
  • MATH 1355 -Probability and Statistics for Teachers 
  • DFST 1013 - Human Development 
  • COMM 1010 or COMM 2040 - Speech Communication 
  • ENGL 2210 or ENGL2220 - Masterpieces of world literature 
  • JOUR 1210 Mass Communication and Society or Approved Journalism Elective 
  • SPAN 1010 or SPAN 2313 - Elementary Spanish or Spanish for Heritage Speakers 
  • THEA 3400 - Theatre for Young Audiences 
  • ENGL Approved Advanced Ethnic Literature Course 
  • ENGL 4160 - Advanced Expository Writing 
  • ENGL Approved Advanced British Literature 
  • ENGL Approved Advanced American Literature 
  • EDSP 2310 - Individuals with Disabilities 
  • LING 3060 - Principles of Language Study 
  • EDBE 3470 - Foundations of Bilingual and English as Second Language Education 
  • EDBE 3480 - Bilingualism and Multiculturism for English Language Learning: Issues and Perspectives 
  • Approved Elective                                                     
  • Approved Elective                                                     
  • Approved Elective                                                      
  • Approved Electives to bring total hours to 120 for graduation. 

The following courses require Admission to the Teacher Education Program:

  • EDUC 3320 - Foundations of Education 
  • EDSP 4340 - Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies in K-12(Attend Orientation; Portfolio Checkpoint II; requires 20 hours field experience) 
  • EDSE 4060 - Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools 
  • EDRE 4820 - Reading and Writing in Grades 4-8 (Attend Orientation; Portfolio Checkpoint II; requires 20 hours field experience) 
  • EDRE 4840 - Linguistically Diverse Learners 
Clinical II Courses:
  • EDUC 4200 - Student Teaching 

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