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

Scholarships Offered: 

  • UTSA Graduate Competitive Scholarship for the College of Education and Human Development
    • Must be admitted to College of Education and Human Development graduate program, without admission conditions
      • GPA Requirements:
    • New Master student: Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Continuing/current Master student: Overall UTSA GPA of 3.0
  • Colonel and Mrs. Peter J. Hennessey Memorial Scholarship
    • Must enroll full time and be pursuing a degree in business or education
    • Incoming first-time freshmen must be in the top 25 percent of high school class and have a minimum SAT score of 1100 or a minimum ACT score of 24
  • Kelly Hispanics for Higher Education (KHHE Endowed) Scholarship
    • Must be degree seeking undergraduate students enrolled full time
    • Incoming first-time freshmen must have a minimum SAT score of 900 or a minimum ACT score of 20
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Sembradores of San Antonio Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund
    • Must be a resident of the San Antonio Metropolitan Area which encompasses a greater area, https://statisticalatlas.com/metro-area/Texas/San-Antonio/Overview
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Must be a first-generation college student
  • The Henry Romo Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    • Must be Bexar County resident
    • Applicants may be first-time incoming freshmen, transfer and current students. First-time freshmen must demonstrate a readiness for the rigors of higher education as determined by entrance test scores, high school rank and grade point average
  • The Richard Xavier King and Dr. Bertha Perez Endowed Scholarship Fund
    • Must be actively pursuing a degree in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA
    • Must be a graduate of the Harlandale, Edgewood or San Antonio ISD in San Antonio, Texas.
  • UTSA Staff Endowed Scholarship
    • Must be a full-time UTSA staff employee enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • William & Scanlan Endowed Scholarship
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
    • Freshman applicants must show preparedness for the rigors of higher education through entrance test scores ( a SAT score of 1210+ (1830+ on 2400 SAT scale) or ACT score of 27+), high school grades and class rank.
  • Society of Iranian-American Women for Education Endowed Scholarship
    • Recipient(s) must be enrolled full-time and actively pursuing a degree at the University.
    • Applicants may be undergraduate or graduate students, but preference will be given to undergraduate applicants.
    • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Albar and Englantina Peña Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Undergraduate students pursuing BA IDS with bilingual teaching certification for EC-6th and or 4-8th grades levels.
    • Graduate students pursuing a M.A. in Bicultural-Bilingual Education, or a M.A. in Bicultural Studies.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates
    • Applicants must have Spanish/English language proficiency.
    • Undergraduates must be members in good standing of BESO
    • Graduates must be members in good standing of GLOBE.
  • Carol Fitzgerald Dodge, Endowed Scholarship
    • Full-time undergraduate students seeking teaching certification in one the following areas: High School Englsih Language Arts, High School Foreign Languages, high school Mathematics, or high school Science.
    • Full-time Post-Baccalaureate students seeking certification for Curriculum Specialist, School Counselor, Principal, or Superintendent. If enrolled part-time and employed full-time in an educational setting Proof of employment is required
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Ruben Tey Annual Memorial Scholarship
    • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development and actively pursuing a teacher certification at the undergraduate level.
    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • The Belinda Villarreal-Nelson Memorial Scholarship
    • Full-time undergraduate or post-bac students seeking teaching certification in one the following areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Bilingual Education, Special Education.
  • The Endowed Pythagoras Scholarship for Math Teachers
    • Must be an Undergraduate junior or senior students actively pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics
    • Must be pursuing teaching certification at the high school level in the College of Education and Human Development
    • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and a resident of the state of Texas
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • The Guadalupe Harber Scholarship – BESO
    • Must be an undergraduate student actively pursuing teaching certification in Bilingual Education at UTSA.
    • Must be an active member of the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) as defined by the organization’s constitution.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • The Rodolfo Jacobson Scholarship – BESO
    • Must be an undergraduate student actively pursuing teaching certification in Bilingual Education at UTSA.
    • Must be an active member of the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) as defined by the organization’s constitution.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Paricutin Civic and Educational Foundation, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
    • Preference will be given to applicants who are first generation in their family to attend college. Applicants must be high school graduates of Harlandale, Edgewood or San Antonio ISD.
    • Preference will given to applicants who are bi-lingual in Spanish and English
  • Dr. Arcadia López Endowed Scholarship
    • Undergraduate junior, senior and Post-Bac students seeking teaching certification in Bilingual Education at the undergraduate level
    • Graduate students seeking a master’s degree in Bilingual Teacher Education (BITE)
    • Doctoral candidates from the BBL Department whose dissertation proposal and thesis is in the field of Bilingual Education.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Student Life

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. Students studying Education may consider becoming involved in:

  • Bilingual Education Student Organization
  • VOICES: Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education & Service
  • ASPIRE at UTSA
  • UTeachSA
  • UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence

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