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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies in Education - Elementary Education

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Clemmer College of Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Interdisciplinary Studies in Education Program Information

Box 70684
Phone: (423) 439-7595

Chair: Dr. Rhona Hurwitz
Phone: (423) 439-7595
email: hurwitz@etsu.edu

Program Coordinator: Dr. Ryan Nivens
Phone: (423) 439-7529
email: nivens@etsu.edu

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers approved teacher education programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science degree and licensure in the state of Tennessee. An undergraduate major is offered in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (elementary education K-6), and we offer the courses required for licensure in fields of secondary education and K-12 teacher education at the undergraduate level.

Due to licensure requirements, specific general education core courses are mandated for all students who wish to complete the Interdisciplinary Studies in Education program.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

TBR General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.

Fine Arts

Choose one of the following:

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose one course from:


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 - 12 credits, consisting of the following.


3 - 4 credits, consisting of one of the following:

  • (3 credits)
  • (3 credits)
  • (4 credits)
  • Note:

    Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530 during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/


    •  IBMS Option (See science section.) 

    Completion of IBMS 1100 and 1200 satisfies both the Mathematics requirement and the Sciences requirement. Students must complete the entire two-course sequence in order to fulfill the Mathematics and Sciences blocks. Students who complete only one of the courses (not recommended) will be considered to have met four credit hours of the Sciences requirement.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (ISED/Elementary Education)

Interdisciplinary Studies in Ed. Major: 34 Credit Hours

Residency II: 12 credit hours

Additional Information

Please read carefully the following information:

Interdisciplinary Studies in Education majors are required to complete the Initial Level Portfolio for presentation to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction Teacher Admission Board, an Evaluative Level Portfolio presentation, and the Student Teaching Portfolio for presentation to a panel of peers and faculty. Those students pursuing the K-12 or 7-12 minor in education are also required to complete the initial level portfolio and present it to the department’s Teacher Admission Board.

Click here to view the Interdisciplinary Studies in Education - Elementary Education Suggested Course Sequence 

Retention Criteria

  1. Review of students’ grades and personal/professional functioning will be undertaken. Coursework, field work, dispositions for teaching, and any other pertinent factors will be considered by the faculty of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Recommendations will be made for continuance in the program, continuance with specified remediations, or discontinuance.
  2. During the semester prior to student teaching, each student will be evaluated. Factors to be considered will be coursework, field experiences, ethical behavior, and personal/professional concerns. The review will culminate in either approval for entry into student teaching or disapproval. A disapproval will result in a conference with the student and a description of necessary remedial steps. All remedial conditions must be removed prior to student teaching.

Minor: no minor required

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