Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Department of Teacher Education offers the Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan for the following EC-6, 4-8, and EC-12 degree plans leading to teacher certification:

EC-6 Generalist – Total Min. Hours: 127
4–8 English, Language Arts & Reading – Total Min. Hours: 124
4–8 Math – Total Min. Hours: 121
4–8 Math/Science – Total Min. Hours: 125
4–8 Composite Science – Total Min. Hours: 125
4–8 Social Studies – Total Min. Hours: 124
4–8 Generalist – Total Min. Hours: 122
EC–12 Special Education – Total Min. Hours: 121

Secondary – Certification

Students desiring to certify in Secondary Education earn a degree in a teaching discipline. For degree and certification advisement purposes, students should report to their major department and to the academic advisor for secondary certification in the Office of Professional Services, Room 201 in the Education Building. Twelve hours in the teaching discipline must be advanced (3000-4000 level).

Criminal Background Check

Candidates for Teacher Preparation undergo a criminal background check as part of admissions to the program. According to TEA,  

Educator preparation programs (EPPs) shall inform all applicants that: 

(1) pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator; and 

(2) pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching. 

If convicted of an offense, the candidate will receive an email of the potential ineligibility. Candidates have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter. The criminal background check is conducted at the time of admissions and prior to clinical teaching. Learn more information about the preliminary criminal history evaluation.