Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Teacher Certification in Special Education, Early Childhood Through Grade 12)

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 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 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
US 11001MATH 1315 or 1319 (Mathematics Component Code 020 [TCCN MATH 1314 or 1324])3 
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])3PHYS 1320 or 1370 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN PHYS 1307])3 
PHYS 1310 or 1360 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN PHYS 1305])3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])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 
SPED 23603Education Core:6 
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3  
MATH 2311 (TCCN MATH 1350)3  
GS 33103MATH 2312 (TCCN MATH 1351)3 
American History Component Code 0603CS 33203 
 American History Component Code 0603 
 ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3 
 15 18 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
ESL Block:6High School Field-Based Block:6CI 43503
SPED 43453SPED 33903 
SPED 43403SPED 43743 
SPED 33383SPED 43813 
CI 43553CI 33383 
 18 18 3
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
Elementary Field-Based Block:9Student Teaching:6 
SPED 43893  
 12 6 
Total Hours: 121