Social Studies & ESL (Middle School Education)

Social Studies is the field concerned with the study of how people live and organize themselves in society, embracing geography, history, government, economics and other subjects.  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 Social Studies 4-8 and English as a Second Language. As part of the 126 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 the 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 Social Studies Teacher

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

ESL Teacher

Missionary Worker

Employeee Trainer

Private Tutor

Educational Consultant

Curriculum Writer

Educational Materials Sales

Social Services Worker