Education (Interdisciplinary Studies)

As a student, you’ve probably had a few lightbulb moments—those times when you finally understand something that you’ve spent an afternoon trying to learn. Occasionally, these breakthroughs were reached with the help of an amazing teacher. If you’re interested in kindling those moments with students, just like a teacher may have once done with you, then you may wish to consider a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

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UTSA’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Throughout this program, you’ll explore how different disciplines approach inquiry, examine multiple styles of learning, and incorporate cultural diversity into your teaching. The knowledge and skills you’ll pick up will enable you to become an effective educator and work with diverse learners across a variety of settings.

UTSA is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification to recommend students for teaching certification in various baccalaureate degree areas. You can earn an Interdisciplinary Studies degree with any of the following certification concentrations:

  • Early Childhood–Grade 6 Core Subjects
  • Grades 4–8 Core Subjects
  • Grades 4–8 Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies
  • Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science
  • Early Childhood–12 Special Education

These concentrations are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor. Bilingual Early Childhood–6 and 4–8 are also offered to Interdisciplinary Studies majors through the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies.

At UTSA, students who wish to become an elementary school teacher should major in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students who want to teach in middle school or high school will need a bachelor’s degree in their academic specialization.

Careers in Education

Top job titles for Education graduates include:

• College Professor
• Vocational instructor
• Middle/High School Teacher
• Tutor
• Preschool/Childcare Teacher
• Elementary School Teacher

Education and its related career pathways are currently in higher demand than average in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Phoenix, AZ, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX and Jacksonville, FL. More than 144,000 Education-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Career Opportunities

Marketable Skills

Industries for Education Graduates

Education is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Education-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Higher Education
• Elementary and Secondary Schools
• Religious Organizations
• Child Day Care Services
• Government

Salaries for Education Graduates

The salary range for open education-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $28,512
median $48,201
top 10% $76,560

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Education Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an Education graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Education may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy teaching and mentoring
• You like being creative and artistic
• You enjoy working with others
• You like being physically active
• You are well organized

Student Spotlight

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