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Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS)

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is designed for students who are interested in teaching either Early Childhood through grade 6 (EC-6) or grades 4 through grade 8 (4-8). Completion of the BSIS requirements outlined below for the BSIS degree leading to EC6/ESL/Special Education Certification will simultaneously prepare teacher candidates for English As a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education certification exams. For a suggested course of study please see a School of Education advisor. Degree requirements are as follows:

Admission Requirements for All Certification Areas

  1. Attend School of Education Admission Orientation
  2. Application for a degree plan filed with the appropriate academic department (for secondary and all-level certification students) or with the School of Education (BSIS majors). Post-baccalaureate students must have a post-baccalaureate certification plan;
  3. Payment of the administrative fee as indicated on a receipt from the cashier's office;
  4. Completion of a minimum of 48 semester credit hrs. on the degree plan with a minimum cumulative 2.75 grade point average. Candidates desiring to teach in grades EC-6 must have completed 12 hours in their major. Candidates desiring to teach in grades 7 – 12 must have completed 15 hours in their major.
  5. Complete an admission application.
  6. Complete a successful admission interview.
  7. Print, sign, and submit the Handbook Agreement and FERPA forms.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of all course requirements leading to the BSIS degree with a "C" or better and a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. 
  2. Completion of the University's 42-hour Core Curriculum requirements.
  3. Completion of curriculum appropriate for grade level.

Admission to Student Teaching/Apprentice Teaching

An application for admission to student teaching must be submitted to the School of Education early in the semester preceding the one in which the student plans to enroll in student teaching/apprentice teaching. The application will be approved if the student has completed the prerequisite courses for student teaching with a cumulative 2.5 grade point average and no grade lower than a "C".

Initial Teacher Certification

Individuals desiring to teach in accredited public and private schools in Texas must be certified through the Educator Certification and Standards Division of the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Students seeking a teaching certificate concurrently with a bachelor’s degree should contact the Advising Center in the School of Education for advisement. In order to be eligible for a recommendation for teacher certification, candidates must pass required TExES examinations, complete the requirements for the BSIS degree or the approved degree plan for a 7-12 or Early Childhood-Grade 12 content specialization with an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 with no grade lower than a C.

NOTE: The Division of Certification and Standards of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in conjunction with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulates the certification of educators to teach public school children. Working with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the FBI, the Division of Educator Certification and Standards conducts a state and national criminal history background check on all applicants for educator certification, ensuring each candidate’s suitability to teach children. Each student applying for certification must be fingerprinted by an authorized agency. TEA will provide fingerprint information at the time of the candidate’s application. Students pursuing educator preparation should know that conviction for a felony or misdemeanor may lead to denial of teacher certification.

The University of Texas at Tyler offers certification programs that lead to certification in:

  • Early Childhood-Grade 6 (See the School of Education section of this catalog for degree requirements.)
  • Grades 4-8. (See the School of Education section of this catalog for requirements.)
  • Grades 7-12. (See the appropriate department section of this catalog for degree requirements. See the Secondary Certification section below for certification requirements.)
  • Early Childhood-Grade 12 in Art, Health, Languages other than English-Spanish, Music, and Physical Education. (See the appropriate department section of this catalog for degree requirements. See the All-level Certification section below for certification requirements.)