Interdisciplinary Studies - BS, Special Education EC-12

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) offers an undergraduate degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies that prepares students to be special educators. Completion of this program leads to teaching certifications in special education (EC through grade 12), general education (EC through grade 6), and English as a Second Language (ESL) within the constraints of the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The Special Education program focuses on preparing teachers to instruct students with disabilities in both general education and special education settings. Students interested in becoming special education teachers 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
or Composition and Rhetoric
HIST 105
History of the United States
or History of the United States
MATH 168 Finite Mathematics 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Life and physical sciences elective 4
Select one of the following:
Introductory Biology I  
Essentials in Biology  
 Semester Credit Hours16
HIST 226 History of Texas 3
INST 210 Understanding Special Populations 3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Life and physical sciences elective 4
Select one of the following:
Molecular Science for Citizens
and Molecular Science for Citizens Laboratory
Fundamentals of Chemistry I  
Principles of Geology  
Historical Geology  
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 Semester Credit Hours16
ENGL 203
Writing about Literature
or Technical and Business Writing
 Semester Credit Hours3
Second Year
EPFB 210 Family Involvement and Empowerment 3
EPSY 320
Child Development
or Adolescent Development
KINE 120 The Science of Basic Health and Fitness 1
MATH 365 Structure of Mathematics I 3
TEFB 273 Introduction to Culture, Community, Society and Schools 3
Creative arts elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
HLTH 214/KINE 214 Health and Physical Activity for Children 3
INST 222 Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society 3
INST 362 English as a Second Language Methods I 3
MATH 366 Structure of Mathematics II 3
SPED 302 Instructional Design for Students with Disabilities 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
INST 301 Educational Psychology 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Third Year
EPFB 301 Teaching Skills I 3
SPED 310 Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 312 Effective Reading Instruction for Students with Diverse Abilities 3
SPED 471 Classroom Management and Behavioral Interventions 3
TEFB 413 Science in the Elementary School 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
EPFB 401 Teaching Skills II 3
SPED 311 Assessment of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 314 Effective Mathematics Strategies for Students with Disabilities 4
SPED 414 Methods and Issues in Low-Incidence Disabilities 3
SPED 442 Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances and Behavior Disorders 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
EDCI 365 Using Technology Classrooms 3
Select one of the following: 3
Geography of the United States  
Geography of Texas  
Concepts in Geographic Education  
INST 363 English as a Second Language Methods II 3
RDNG 372 Reading and Writing across the Middle Grades Curriculum 3
SEFB 420 Education and Employment Issues in Secondary Special Education 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
SEFB 425 Student Teaching in Special Education 6
 Semester Credit Hours6
 Total Semester Credit Hours124