Our Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies prepares students for elementary (EC-6) teaching. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, applicable TExES examinations, and state requirements, the candidate will be eligible to apply for state certification through our Teacher Education Program.
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) offers an undergraduate degree concurrent with preparation for early childhood through 6th Texas teaching certification. A student following this course of study will complete the UIW core, the Interdisciplinary Studies major, a minor in reading, special education coursework, and the professional development course sequence. Upon successful completion of program requirements and applicable TExES examinations, the student will be eligible to apply for state teacher certification.IDS Degree Plan (PDF)
Students interested in secondary certification (7-12) and all-level certification (EC-12) major in their intended teaching field and minor in education. Specific teaching fields include:
English Language Arts, History, Life Science (Biology), Physical Science, Mathematics, Art, Music, Spanish, Theater, and Physical Education
The education minor prepares candidates for secondary certification (7th through 12th) or all-level certification (early childhood through 12th); depending on the associated teaching field. A student following this course of study will take the UIW core, coursework in a major (teaching field), and the education minor (pre-professional courses, and the professional development sequence). Students pursuing the education minor are also eligible to complete optional minors in special education and/or reading.
Upon successful completion of program requirements and applicable TExES examinations, the student will be eligible to apply for state teaching certification to teach within their specialization field.
Students in any major may complete a reading minor and/or the special education minor. The reading minor offers an overview of reading and language acquisition. The special education minor offers an overview of social, educational, and advocacy issues related to supporting exceptional learners.
The reading minor is required for all IDS majors and is optional for all other majors. The coursework presents an overview of literacy instruction, including emergent literacy, vocabulary development, comprehension development, dyslexia, English language acquisition, disciplinary literacy, and children's literature.
The special education minor is optional for all majors. IDS majors are required to complete the first three courses (EDUC 2315, 3343, 3346); therefore, the addition of EDUC 3335: Advocacy for Exceptional Learners, completes the minor. The coursework presents an overview of special education history and legislation, instructional considerations, and professional responsibilities. The minor was designed to prepare certification candidates for the TExES special education supplemental examination and for the general education teacher seeking to increase their knowledge of exceptional learners.
Students apply for the Teacher Education Program and, once admitted, begin coursework
that prepares students for certification. Other requirements for admission and certification
can be found below.
The Teacher Education faculty and the University’s Teacher Education Advisory Council consider several factors in making the decision about an individual's admission to the Teacher Education Program. All students who plan to follow a program leading to initial certification must formally apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Applications are accepted each semester (typically, the last two weeks of February, May, and September). Specific dates are announced and can be obtained from the DSE Office and program advisors. Students may not enroll in courses designated as “professional development” without a full TEP acceptance and a signed acceptance letter denoting consent to be designated a certification candidate of the UIW Teacher Education Program.
Teacher Education is a valued program of study at the University of the Incarnate Word because it so directly addresses the mission to which UIW is committed. The program incorporates a broad liberal arts education as a foundation for the more in-depth focus on academic teaching specializations and the body of knowledge associated with the teaching and learning process. The program prepares individuals for a profession in which they can affect society and humanity in significant, positive ways.
The Teacher Education Program at the University of the Incarnate Word is a field-based program that provides intensive, realistic, and high quality experiences in school settings in which apprentice teachers can connect theory and practice, observe effective teaching practices, interact with diverse populations, and explore and develop their teaching skills in close interaction with mentor teachers and university faculty. Candidates of the UIW Teacher Education Program have consistently demonstrated a high level of achievement on the certification exams. The pass rates for the last five years are as follows:
Certification exam pass rates for UIW candidates
Supply and Demand of Texas Teachers
The Texas Education Agency requires Educator Preparation Programs to notify their candidates that teaching positions are more difficult to secure in districts along the I-35 corridor in Texas due to the number of teacher preparation programs providing candidates within those educational markets. UIW lies within the I-35 corridor, but has experienced a consistently high rate of candidate employment.
Educator Skills and Responsibilities
The UIW Education Program prepares candidates’ discipline content proficiency, instructional pedagogy, and professional disposition. The TEA Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Educator Standards (TAC §149.1001) presents the following teacher standards addressed throughout our program.
The University of the Incarnate Word received a commendation from the Texas Education Agency for its innovative teacher induction program, the UIW Teacher Network, which supports candidates after initial certification, during their first three years of teaching, to improve teacher retention in the profession.