Core Subjects & ESL (Early Childhood/Elementary Education)

Elementary education is the term commonly used to describe the formal teaching and care of children by people other than their family or in settings outside of the home, usually from early childhood through 6th grade. English as a Second Language (ESL) is an English language study program for nonnative speakers. The goal of an ESL program is to improve students’ levels of English. ESL classes teach different language skills depending on students’ English abilities, interests and needs. All programs teach the following: Conversational English, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing and vocabulary.

Description of the Field

Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Texas teaching certifications in EC-6 Core Subjects and ESL. As part of the 123 credit hours students are required to take for the Bachelor of Science degree, students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program by fulfilling GPA requirements and passing the THEA test with the required scores for admission to the Teacher Education Program. These scores may differ from score requirements for admission to the university. Students must also complete Clinical I which includes classroom observations and Clinical II which is the student teaching semester. Finally, in order to teach in the state of Texas, students must pass state certification exams which they are eligible to take after completing the Teacher Education Program and consulting with UNT Dallas Certification Officer to ensure they are adequately prepared before registering. After these requirements are completed, students are eligible for teacher certification through UNT Dallas.

Suggested Degree Plan

Possible Job Titles

Elementary Teacher

Middle School Teacher

Missionary Worker

Employee Trainer

Curriculum Writer

Day Care Worker

Social Services Worker

Private Tutor

Educational Consultant

Educational Materials Sales