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.

4-Year Plans

To make your path to graduation a little easier, a 4-year plan for students planning to pursue a career in education in grades 4-8 has been created:

2014-2015 4-Year Plan

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education 4-8)

2013-2014 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Science in Art & Humanities (Education 4-8)

2012-2013 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Science in Art & Humanities (Education 4-8)

2011-2012 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Science in Art & Humanities (Education 4-8)

Degree Requirements
Course of Study for B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a 

For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: "Degree/Graduation Requirements."
I. General Education Requirements
46 hours
  Limit III. C. 1.  History to HIS 221 American History I OR
                             HIS 222 American History II
  Limit III. C. 4.  Humanities to POL 231 American Government I
  Limit III. A.  Behavioral Sciences to SOC 241 General Sociology


II. Major Requirements in Arts and Humanities

HUM 320 Diversity in America (W) 3 hours
MAT 206 The Real Number System 3
PSY 201 Child Development 3
PSY 306 Educational Psychology 3
SPA 131 Elementary Spanish I 3
SPA 132 Elementary Spanish II 3

Humanities Electives (upper division) 6

Math & Natural Science Electives 6

30 hours

Students must choose one of the following Options:
Option One: ENG 101, 102, 225, 235, and 305
Option Two: BIO 111, 112, PHS 111, 112, and 6 Hours Upper Division BIO or PHS
Option Three: HIS 111, 112, 221, 222, 424, and POL 231 or 232
Option Four: MAT 100, 101, 206, 306, and 335
15 - 22 hours

III. Professional Core Middle School 4-8
EDU 130 Introduction to Education (W) 3 hours
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 Reading in the Elementary School 4
RDG 324L Teaching Reading Practicum 0
*These courses must be taken the semester prior to Student Teaching.  

Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:
EDU 446 Student Teaching Elementary (4-8) 12
EDU 450 Professional Reflection and Planning 1

34 hours

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

5 Hours