Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Teacher Certification in English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies, Grades 4-8)

Minimum required: 121 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have an Overall GPA of at least 2.75, as well as grades of “C” or better in all courses within the Major(s), Teaching Field(s), Certification area(s), and/or in the Education Minor.
  2. Students entering Texas State with fewer than 16 hours completed after high school graduation will be required to take US 1100. All others will be exempt from taking this course but will be required to earn an additional free elective, if needed, to reach the 120 minimum total hour requirement for the awarding of a degree.
  3. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  4. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
US 11001Mathematics Component Code 0203
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3
GEO 1310 (Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 [TCCN GEOG 1303])3 
 16 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
American History Component Code 0603American History Component Code 0603
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3
Advanced ENG Elective3Advanced PS Elective from Group II3
Advanced PS Elective from Group II3ANTH 3309, 3314, or 33243
ECO 2301 or 2314 (TCCN ECON 1301 or 2302)3ENG 33863
ENG 33033MC 33193
 18 18
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Education Core9RDG 33113
 RDG 33203
 Advanced HIST Elective3
 Advanced GEO Elective3
HIST 33723RDG 43303
GEO 43403SPED 43443
 15 18
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Middle School Field-Based Block:9EDST 46806
CI 33403 
CI 33403 
 15 6
Total Hours: 121

 Science Elective: BIO 1320CHEM 1310, GEO 2310, PHYS 1340, GS 3310, PHYS 1350, GS 2310, PHYS 1365