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. A 2.5 Major GPA and a 2.75 Overall GPA are required to graduate.
  2. All major courses as well as Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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 

ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3
ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
GEO 1310 (Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
US 11001
Mathematics Component Code 0203
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0306
ENG 33193
Advanced ENG Elective3
Advanced PS Elective from Group II3
Advanced PS Elective from Group II3
ECO 2301 or 23143
ENG 33033
ENG 33863
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
MC 33193
American History Component Code 0606
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040)3
Advanced GEO Elective3
Advanced HIST Elective3
Select one of the following:3
GEO 43403
HIST 33723
RDG 33123
RDG 33203
Education Core:9
Science Elective23
CI 33403
RDG 43303
SPED 43443
Middle School Field-Based Block:6
EDST 4680 (Student Teaching)6
Total Hours: 121