UT Dallas 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Education (BA) with 4-8 Social Studies

UT Dallas offers rigorous university-based teacher certification curricula and enjoys an outstanding reputation for producing excellent teachers.

At UT Dallas, coursework and field experiences leading to teacher certification may be accomplished through either the Teacher Development Center (TDC) program in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (972-883-2730) or through UTeach Dallas program in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NS&M) (972-883-2496).

UT Dallas School of Interdisciplinary Studies offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree (BAED) and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree (BSED). Each degree emphasizes a broad understanding and wide perspective of the field of education. Becoming a teacher takes preparation and planning. To ensure the highest professional standards, the state of Texas and UT Dallas require students to pass a series of rigorous courses, complete extensive fieldwork and demonstrate their knowledge of content and educational expertise on state licensure exams to become fully certified as a highly qualified teacher in Texas. The TDC at UT Dallas offers all the preparation courses required for teacher certification, including practical classes in curriculum and instruction, educational technology, and classroom management. The TDC interfaces and engages with all academic schools at UT Dallas, as well as many area school districts, to assist students as they progress through the teacher certification program. The Teacher Development Center at UT Dallas is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency.

All BAED and BSED students are required to select a certification focus before their junior year.

Bachelor of Arts in Education with 4-8 Social Studies

Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

View an Example of Degree Requirements by Semester


Professors: Karen J. Prager, Lawrence J. Redlinger, Erin A. Smith

Professor of Instruction: Barbara Ashmore, Tonja Wissinger

Associate Professors of Instruction: Kathleen Byrnes, Patricia A. Leek, Syed Naqvi

Assistant Professors of Instruction: Kyle Hammonds, Marc Lusk, Michele McNeel, Azadeh Stark, Larissa Werhnyak

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1

Communication: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Communication Core courses (see advisor)

Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours

MATH 1314 College Algebra

Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Mathematics Core courses (see advisor)

Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Life and Physical Sciences Core courses (see advisor)

Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours

AMS 2341 American Studies for the Twenty-First Century

or AMS 2300 American Popular Culture

Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Language, Philosophy and Culture Core courses (see advisor)

Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours Creative Arts Core courses (see advisor)

American History: 6 semester credit hours

HIST 1301 U.S. History Survey to Civil War

HIST 1302 U.S. History Survey from Civil War

Or select any 6 semester credit hours from American History Core courses (see advisor)2

Government/Political Science: 6 semester credit hours

GOVT 2305 American National Government

GOVT 2306 State and Local Government

Or select any 6 semester credit hours from Government/Political Science Core courses (see advisor)2

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences Core courses. (see advisor)2

Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours

ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics

STAT 1342 Statistical Decision Making

or EPPS 2302 Methods of Quantitative Analysis in the Social and Policy Sciences

Or select any 6 semester credit hours from Component Area Option Core courses. (see advisor)2

II. Major Requirements: 60 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum

Major Related Courses (18 semester credit hours)

BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry

ED 4694 Student Teaching Secondary

or ED 4394 Residency 1- Secondary

and ED 4395 Residency 2- Secondary

3 semester credit hour lower- or upper-level ISIS course

3 semester credit hour lower- or upper-level ISIS or ISNS course

3 semester credit hour lower- or upper-level course from AMS, GST, ISIS, or BIS 4V01

ECON 3332 Economic Geography

or ECON 3337 Economics of Poverty and Inequality3

GEOG 2302 The Global Environment4

or GEOG 2303 World Regional Geography4

GEOG 3331 Smart and Sustainable Cities

or GEOG 3359 Human Migration and Mobility

or GEOG 3370 The Global Economy

PSCI 3323 American Federalism

or PSCI 3362 The American Political Institutions3

Foundation II: Education (12 semester credit hours)

ED 3314 The American Public School

ED 3339 Educational Psychology for Teachers

or PSY 3339 Educational Psychology

ED 4351 ESL for K-12 Teachers

ED 4353 Reading in Secondary Content

Teaching Techniques (18 semester credit hours) beyond Core Curriculum

AMS 4300 Oral and Written Communication for the Classroom

AMS 4305 World History for Teachers

ED 3382 Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies

ED 4361 Classroom Management Secondary

HIST 2301 History of Texas4

3 semester credit hour upper-level HIST course

BIS 4306 Strategies for Diversity in Education

ED 4372 Educational Technology

ED 4301 Exceptional Populations

Guided Electives

BIS 1100 Interdisciplinary Studies First Year Experience

8 semester credit hours of lower- or upper-level courses (see advisor)2

The plan must include sufficient upper-division courses to total 45 upper-division semester credit hours.

1. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from institutions of higher education. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

2. Students are strongly encouraged to take core courses that are closely related to their foundations, concentrations, and career goals.

3. Indicates a prerequisite class that may be required before enrolling for upper-division classes.

4. A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Semester credit hours may be counted in Core Curriculum.

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