Education Department

For a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, students are required to complete 120 semester credit hours: 36 credits in general education, 36 credits in education core courses, and 48 credits in concentration core courses including electives.
The program offers students pursuing a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education four concentrations to choose from Mathematics, English Language Arts/Reading, Elementary Education, and Physical Education.

Degree Requirements

The Department of Education provides students with a high-quality education that enables them to prepare curricula, design and deliver instruction with state-of-the-art instructional technology, communicate with parents and students, and effectively manage classrooms based on knowledge of human development, learning environments, and cognitive and behavioral models. Our graduates will also develop appropriate content knowledge and skills with an ability to recognize ethical issues in their professions.

COMPOSITION, COMMUNICATIONS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE (9+ hours) At least three
of the following:

  • COMM 1311 Fundamentals of Communication*
  • ENGL 1311 Composition and Rhetoric I*
  • ENGL 1312 Composition and Rhetoric II*
  • SPAN 1311 Elementary Spanish

Non-Credit Hour(s): ENGL R300 Basic Writing and ENGL R301 Development of Reading Skills must be
successfully completed before enrollment into COMM 1311/ENGL 1311/ENGL 1312 if a student places in it.
*All undergraduate students must take COMM 1311, ENGL 1311 and ENGL 1312.

NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (6+ hours) At least two of the following:

  • BIOL 1311 Introductory Biology*
  • BIOL 1312 Nutrition*
  • GEOG 2312 Regional Geography in the World*
  • GEOL 1311 Earth Science*
  • MATH 1311 College Algebra*
  • MATH 1313 Pre-calculus*
  • MATH 2314 Calculus I*

Non-Credit Hour(s): MATH R300 Fundamentals of Mathematics must be successfully completed before
enrollment into MATH 1311 if a student places in it.
*All undergraduate students are required to take one MATH course and one natural science (BIOL 1311,
BIOL 1312, GEOG 2312 or GEOL 1311) course from this category.

HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS (6+ hours) At least two of the following:

  • ARTS 1311 Art Appreciation
  • ENGL 2314 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 2315 Survey of British Literature I
  • ENGL 2316 Survey of American Literature I
  • ENGL 2317 Survey of British Literature II
  • ENGL 2318 Survey of American Literature II
  • ENGL 2319 Survey of World Literature
  • HIST 1311 U.S. History I*
  • HIST 1312 U.S. History II*
  • HIST 2314 History of Texas*
  • PHIL 1311 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 1312 Professional Ethics
  • PHIL 1313 Introduction to Philosophy

Students in ELA concentration can’t count these courses in the General Education area since they are
required to take these courses in their concentration area.
*All undergraduate students are required to take one HIST course from this category.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (6+ hours) At least two of the following:

  • ECON 2311 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2312 Principles of Microeconomics
  • GOVT 2311 U.S. Government I
  • GOVT 2312 U.S. Government II
  • PSYC 2311 General Psychology
  • SOCI 2311 Introduction to Sociology

Undergraduate Business Administration students must take ECON 2311.
*All undergraduates must take one GOVT course.

  • EDUC 2311 Introduction to Teaching Profession
  • EDUC 2312 Learning Theories and Development
  • EDUC 3314 Classroom Management
  • EDUC 3315 Curriculum and Instructional Design
  • EDUC 3316 Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
  • EDUC 3317 Education in Culturally Diverse Environments
  • EDUC 4318 Education of the Exceptional Children
  • EDUC 4320 Issues in Secondary Schools – Reform, Law and Ethics
  • EDUC 4321 Measurement and Assessment in Education
  • EDUC 4314 Reading in Content Areas
  • COMP 1314 Computer Literacy and Application
  • ENGL 3330 Literacy Assessment and Intervention
  • MATH 1313 Pre-Calculus
  • MATH 2314 Calculus I
  • MATH 2315 Calculus II
  • MATH 2316 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 2317 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 3318 Geometry and Trigonometry in Mathematics Education
  • MATH 3319 Statistics and Probability
  • MATH 3320 Differential Equation

Electives including Mathematics Electives

  • MATH 3326 Introduction to Number Theory
  • MATH 4322 Teaching Problem Solving in Mathematics
  • MATH 4324 Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
  • Elective I
  • Elective II
  • Elective III
  • Elective IV
  • Elective V
  • ENGL 2315 Survey of British Literature I
  • ENGL 2316 Survey of American Literature I
  • ENGL 2318 Survey of American Literature II
  • ENGL 2319 Survey of World Literature
  • ENGL 2325 Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 3317 Survey of British Literature II
  • ENGL 3320 Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 3322 Studies in Linguistics and History of the English Language

Electives, including English electives

  • ENGL 3323 English Grammar and Syntax
  • ENGL 3326 Literary Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL 4324 Methods of Teaching English in Secondary Schools
  • ENGL 4327 Special Topics
  • Elective I
  • Elective II
  • Elective III
  • Elective IV
  • Elective V
  • BIOL 1311 Introductory Biology
  • GEOG 2312 Regional Geography of the World
  • HIST 2314 History of Texas
  • MATH 3328 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics I
  • MATH 3329 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics II
  • ENGL 3328 Literacy Instruction in Elementary Grades
  • ENGL 3329 Principles in Reading and Writing
  • SOCS 4311 Concepts for Teaching the Social Science

Electives

  • ARTS 3312 Essentials of Children’s Art and Music
  • PHED 3311 Health and Physical Education for Children
  • Elective I
  • Elective II
  • Elective III
  • Elective IV
  • Elective V
  • Elective VI
  • PHED 2311 Foundation of Kinesiology 
  • PHED 2312 The concepts of Health, Fitness and Wellness  
  • PHED 2313 Physiology of Exercise  
  • PHED 2314 Motor Learning and Development 
  • PHED 2315 Physical Activity Skills: Conditioning, Individual and team Sports   
  • PHED 3316 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 
  • PHED 3317 Health, Emergency Care and First Aid 
  • PHED 3318 Scientific Principles of Physical activity 

Electives 

  • PHED 3319 Strategies & Principles of Coaching  
  • PHED 4320 Physical Education Teaching Methods  
  • BIOL 1311 Introductory Biology 
  • BIOL 1312 Nutrition 
  • MATH 1312 Statistics 
  • Elective I 
  • Elective II 
  • Elective III 

Program Objectives

Objectives of Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education are to develop student knowledge and skills in

  1. Designing instruction and assessment to promote student learning
  2. Creating a Positive and Productive Classroom Environment
  3. Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction and Assessment
  4. Fulfilling Professional Roles and Responsibilities
  5. Content/pedagogical content

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

The B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies in education degree program has seven student learning outcomes (SLOs). Five of these student-learning outcomes are related to education core courses and two of them are related to concentration courses.
A graduate of the program will:

  1. Compare/contrast and apply human development and learning theories
  2. a. Design curriculum and instructional materials, and
    b. Implement them in their profession
  3. Integrate relevant technologies into education
  4. Create positive learning environments by demonstrating professional classroom management and communication skills
  5. Recognize responsibilities and ethical issues related to their profession
  6. Develop content knowledge in their concentration
  7. Improve pedagogical content knowledge in their concentration