Interdisciplinary Studies - BS, Special Education EC-12

The Department of Educational Psychology offers an undergraduate degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies that includes certification in special education, EC through grade 12, within the constraints of Texas Certification and The Elementary and Secondary Education Act mandates. This program prepares teachers to instruct students who are served by special education services. Graduates will be prepared to work with students in a wide range of grade levels and settings, serving students with mild to severe disabilities. Students interested in certification in Special Education should contact the EPSY undergraduate advisor in Heaton Hall.

The following curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with certification in Special Education K-12. Students are required to meet with their assigned academic advisor prior to registration each semester.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 103 or ENGL 104Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition or Composition and Rhetoric 3
HIST 105 or HIST 106History of the United States or History of the United States 3
MATH 141 or MATH 166Finite Mathematics or Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II 3
POLS 206American National Government 3
Life and physical sciences elective 4
Select one of the following:
Introductory Biology I  
Essentials in Biology  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
HIST 226History of Texas 3
INST 210Understanding Special Populations 3
MATH 131 or MATH 142Mathematical Concepts—Calculus or Business Calculus 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Life and physical sciences elective 4
Select one of the following:
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
Molecular Science for Citizens
and Molecular Science for Citizens Laboratory
Principles of Geology  
Historical Geology  
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
ENGL 203 or ENGL 210Writing about Literature or Technical and Business Writing 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours3
Second Year
EPFB 210Family Involvement and Empowerment 3
EPSY 320 or EPSY 321Child Development or Adolescent Development 3
KINE 120The Science of Basic Health and Fitness 1
MATH 365Structure of Mathematics I 3
TEFB 273Introduction to Culture, Community, Society and Schools 3
Creative arts elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
HLTH 214/KINE 214Health and Physical Activity for Children 3
INST 222Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society 3
INST 362English as a Second Language Methods I 3
MATH 366Structure of Mathematics II 3
SPED 302Instructional Design for Students with Disabilities 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
INST 301Educational Psychology 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours6
Third Year
EPFB 301Teaching Skills I 3
SPED 310Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 312Effective Reading Instruction for Students with Diverse Abilities 3
SPED 471Classroom Management and Behavioral Interventions 3
TEFB 413Science in the Elementary School 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
EPFB 401Teaching Skills II 3
SPED 311Assessment of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 314Effective Mathematics Strategies for Students with Disabilities 4
SPED 414Methods and Issues in Low-Incidence Disabilities 3
SPED 442Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances and Behavior Disorders 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
EDCI 365Using Technology Classrooms 3
Select one of the following: 3
Geography of the United States  
Geography of Texas  
Concepts in Geographic Education  
INST 363English as a Second Language Methods II 3
RDNG 372Reading and Writing across the Middle Grades Curriculum 3
SEFB 420Education and Employment Issues in Secondary Special Education 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
SEFB 425Student Teaching in Special Education 6
 Term Semester Credit Hours6
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 124