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Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)

Program Highlights:

The primary purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program is to prepare candidates to become exemplary teachers in elementary and middle schools. The Interdisciplinary Studies Program provides the course work necessary for candidates to receive certification for teaching grades EC-6 (Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade) and 4-8 (Middle School).

Required Field Experiences
Candidates for any teaching certificate participate in field experiences in the public schools. Requirements for these activities vary by course and are coordinated by the Faculty, Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies program and the Field Experience office.

Admission to the Content Methods Block
Candidates for certification EC-6 and 4-8 must successfully complete literacy block the semester prior to the content methods block. Students must apply for placement in the content methods block through the department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I).   The C&I Department faculty determines the eligibility based on criteria, which include admission to the Educator Preparation Program, coursework completed, and professional dispositions. Students should consult their program area advisor to determine the process for application and admission.

Interdisciplinary Studies Information: (936) 294-3896


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