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BA Interdisciplinary Studies

Elementary School Teacher Certification

Teacher Education is a valued program of study at the University of the Incarnate Word because it directly addresses the mission of which the University is committed. The emphasis of this program incorporates a broad liberal arts education as a foundation for the more in-depth focus on academic teaching specializations and the body of knowledge associated with the teaching/learning process. The program prepares individuals for a profession in which they can affect society and mankind in significant, positive ways through a combination of coursework and field experiences. Pre-service teachers can match theory and practice, observe effective teaching practices, encounter diversity, and explore and develop their teaching in close interaction with university faculty.

For more information regarding the program, please contact Laura Resendez, ADCaP Education Coordinator and Advisor (210-805-3019).


  • Reading (12 hours)
  • Special Education (12 hours)

A student following this course of study will take:

  1. Education Core Curriculum: The Core Curriculum is an integrated and sequenced course of study, which constitutes 46 semester hours of a student's degree plan. Many of these courses may be transferred from a community college.
  2. Interdisciplinary Studies: These courses provide the general foundation for all elementary teaching.
  3. Teaching Specialization: The UIW Certification Program prepares ADCaP students as candidates for EC-6 (early childhood through sixth grade) certification.
  4. Professional Development in Education: These courses deal more specifically with the methods of classroom instruction and include student teaching. Because of the requirement for in-school participation and mentoring by Texas certified teachers, students will be required to commit to fieldwork days observing classroom instruction during the sequence of courses. Student teaching (Teaching Apprenticeship) requires full time attendance at the assigned school campus for one semester.

All students who plan to follow the program leading to initial certification must formally apply and be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Generally students may apply to TCP when they have earned a minimum of 60 hours toward the IDS Degree Plan. Acceptance is required in order for students to enroll in professional development courses. The student is responsible for maintaining a 2.75 GPA or greater until program completion. Students must also successfully complete the Teaching Apprenticeship (supervised student teaching) in their last semester as a certification requirement.

At the end of the completed program, and upon successful completion of applicable TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards™) examinations, the student will apply to the Texas Education Agency for certification. The University of the Incarnate Word offers programs approved by the State Board for Educator Certification and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Major Requirements

1.  UIW Core Curriculum (46 hours)
Please note: EDUC 3340 Technology in Education (3 hours) is required for certification candidates; taken concurrently with student teaching.

COMP 1301 Computer Lit (3 hours) will not be required for students in the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies program.

2. Interdisciplinary Curriculum (33 hours)

EDUC 3330 Social Studies Instruction
EDUC 4345 Creative Play and Play Environments
ENGL 3385 Integrated Language Arts
ENGL 4367 Children’s Literature
HIST 1322 The United States Since 1865
HIST 2322 Texas History
MATH 2374 Math for Elementary Teachers
MATH 2375 Math and Science Pedagogy for Elem. Teachers
PEHP 3305 Motor Development, Health and Fitness
PHYS 2374 Science for Elem. Teachers
POLS 1316 State and Local Politics

3. Pre-Professional (6 hours)

EDUC 2305 Foundations of Education
EDUC 2361 Family, Schools, and Com.

4. Professional Development (24 hours)

EDUC 3373 Theories of Learning
EDUC 3375 Teaching Children in Primary Grades
EDUC 3377 Teaching Children in Intermediate Grades
EDUC 3379 Instruction and Assessment
EDUC 3385 Culturally Responsive Teaching
EDUC 4305 Apprenticeship Seminar
EDUC 4605 Teaching Apprenticeship (6 hours)

Transfer Policy

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Minor Requirements

Reading Minor (12 hours)

EDUC 3316 Foundations of Language and Literacy
EDUC 3317 Language and Literacy Assessment
EDUC 3350 Emergent Literacy
EDUC 3351 Reading, Writing and Social Skills in the Content Areas

Special Education Minor (12 hours)

EDUC 2315 Survey of Children in Diverse and Inclusive Settings
EDUC 3343 Teaching Students with Learning Differences
EDUC 3346 Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
EDUC 3349 Special Education Assessment and Evaluation

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ADCaP Fall I term starts
August 24, 2015
Application deadline is Aug. 16

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