Degrees and Majors
Incoming students who plan to teach in the elementary schools will ordinarily earn the degree of Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. These students are referred to the description of that degree contained in the catalog section for the College of Education.
Students who have completed a degree offered in the College of Liberal Arts, or who plan to earn such a degree, should consult with the Education Advising Office in the College of Education concerning the requirements for certification to teach in the elementary schools.
All-levels programs are available in Art and Music. Interested students are referred to the description of those programs in the Catalog section for the Department of Art and the Department of Music.
Certification program requirements for students seeking a BA in mathematics or chemistry are described in the Catalog section for the College of Science. Other certification programs in the sciences are also described in that section.
Certification for teaching in the secondary schools is available in the following Liberal Arts fields: Communication, English, French, German, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre Arts. Students who plan to teach these subjects in the secondary schools will earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in the selected field after meeting all the requirements for that degree as described above and in the Catalog section for the department of the major. In order to meet TEA's certification requirements, courses must be selected in accordance with the following restrictions and recommendations:
Teacher certification in Social Studies Composite is available to students who complete the requirements above, major in History, minor in Secondary Education, and fulfill the following conditions:
- 36 semester hours in the major field are required. 21 semester hours in the major must be in upper-division courses. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required in the major. In the case of some majors, specific courses are required for students seeking secondary certification. For further information, students should read the section of the Catalog that describes the requirements of the major department.
- 12 semester hours of courses in a supporting field are required. The supporting field will ordinarily be in an area where the student is interested in developing a second teaching field.
- The minor must be taken in Education. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required in the minor.
- RED 3342 is required for certification. This course does not meet any of the requirements for the BA degree.
- The requirement of a course in computing is met by completing EDT 3371.
- TED 2101 is recommended by the College of Education for students seeking secondary certification. This course does not meet any of the requirements for the BA degree.
Teacher certification in English/Language Arts, which provides candidates the opportunity to prepare to teach communication, English, and reading in secondary schools, is available to students who complete the requirements above, major in English and American Literature, minor in secondary education, and take the following additional courses:
- Courses taken as part of the History major should include HIST 3317 and either HIST 3309 or HIST 3328.
- The student should fulfill the University Core requirement in Economics by taking ECON 2303 and the Liberal Arts General Education requirement in Social Sciences by taking GEOG 1310.
- For certification, the student should also take ECON 2304, GEOG 1306, and nine semester hours from the following: POLS 3335, POLS 3312, POLS 3320, POLS 3336, or POLS 4311. These courses apply to the BA degree only as elective credits.
These additional courses apply to the BA degree only as elective credits.
- RED 4341 and RED 4343
- COMM 2371 and COMM 3313
Minor in Education for the BA with Secondary Certification
Admission to professional teacher certification programs is required before enrollment in the courses. Students should contact the Advising Office in the College of Education for details. The following courses are required for the students in the Liberal Arts disciplines who are seeking secondary certification: