Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Middle Grades Education (4-8)

Students planning to seek elementary (4 - 8) licensure must complete the Professional Core as outlined by the Department of Education, follow the course of study as outlined, and select an optional content focus in English, Science, Social Studies, or Math. The program includes rich, robust practicum experiences integrated in the professional core courses and one full semester of student teaching in public school settings. Students who acquire licensure in the middle grades will be certified to teach fourth through eighth grade.

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentration: Middle Grades (4-8)

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements:
  Listed in the catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Display
34 hours
  Limit III. A.  Behavioral Sciences to SOC 241 General Sociology
  Limit III. B. BIO:  100, 105, 110, 111, 112, or 211
  Limit III. C. 1.  History to HIS 221 American History I OR
                             HIS 222 American History II
  Limit III. C. 2.  Critical and Creative Works to Literature
                             (ENG 225, 226, 235, 236, 245, or 246)
  Limit III. C. 3. Humanities Capstone to HUM 495 Values in Human Thought
               
 

II. Major Requirements in Arts and Humanities
42 hours
 Choose one (1) Fine Arts Course:  3 hours
ART 110 Art Appreciation OR (3)
ART 234 Introduction to Creativity (W) OR  (3)
MUS 110 Music Appreciation OR  (3)
MUS 214 The Development of American Music OR  (3) 
THE 160  Introduction to Theatre OR  (3) 
THE 265 Acting I  (3) 
     
 Choose one (1) of the following Science courses: 3-4 hours 
PHS 111 Physical Science I 
PHS 112 Physical Science II  (3) 
   OR     
CHE 121 General Chemistry I   WITH  (3)
CHE 121L  General Chemistry II Lab  (1) 
     
Required:    36 hours 
SPA 131
Elementary Spanish I  3
SPA 132 Elementary Spanish II  3
PSY 201 Child Development and Lab  3
MAT 206 The Real Number System  3 
POL 231 American Government  3
PSY 306 Educational Psychology (W)  3
HUM 320 Diversity in America (W)  3

Humanities Electives (upper division)  9

Math & Natural Science Electives  6

 
 Students must choose one of the following options:  15-22 hours
Option A: ENG: 101, 102, 225, 235, and 305  (15) 
Option B: 

BIO 111, BIO 112, PHS 111, PHS 112, and 

six (6) hours of upper-division BIO or PHS

(22) 
Option C: HIS: 111, 112, 221, 222, 424, and POL 231 (21) 
Option D: MAT: 100, 101, 206, 306, and 235  (15) 
 

III. Professional Core Middle School 4-8 34 hours
EDU 130 Introduction to Education (W)  3
SPE 240 Special Education Foundations (W)  3
 

Must be admitted to Teacher Education to take the following:

EDU 320 Technology in the Classroom  3
EDU 327 Tests & Measurement  3
EDU 428* Classroom Management  2
EDU 430* Educational Strategies  3
RDG 324 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary and Middle Schools and Practicum  4
 

Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:
EDU 446 Student Teaching, Middle Grades 12
EDU 450 Professional Reflection and Planning  1
 

IV. Additional Required Courses for Middle Grades Licensure: 5 hours
HEA 216 Personal Health  3
HEA 217 First Aid and CPR  OR 
Red Cross Training
 2
(2)



*These courses must be taken the semester prior to Student Teaching.