Degree Type: B.A.
CIP Code 13.1202
Major Code IED
Department Code EDR
Degree Website

The Interdisciplinary Education degree leads to a Bachelor of Arts designed for those not seeking positions as classroom teachers, which would require certification through the Elementary Education degree.  The Interdisciplinary Education degree shares common courses with the Elementary Education degree; therefore, it is possible to transfer from Elementary Education into Interdisciplinary Education without losing time toward completion.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • Interdisciplinary Education graduates demonstrate depth and breadth of content knowledge for their roles.
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Interdisciplinary Education graduates demonstrate self-reflection, professional growth, and ethical practice.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Interdisciplinary Education graduates make professional decisions drawing on analysis of data and research from a variety of sources.
  4. Educational Design
    • Interdisciplinary Education graduates design educational experiences that result in successful student learning.
    • Interdisciplinary Education graduates are proficient in integrating technology to enhance learning.
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • Interdisciplinary Education graduates enhance learning environments to meet needs of the diverse experiences, perspectives, and cultures of their students and the larger world.
    • Interdisciplinary Education graduates communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students.


State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

These prerequisites must be met by all USFSM students with a grade of “C-” as the minimum acceptable grade.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
Course Number Course Number Credit Hours
EDF X005 EDF 2005 3

Degree Requirements



  • General Education Curriculum – 36 credit (exempt for transfers with completed Gen. Ed.)
  • USFSM Foundation Sequence – 3 credits (exempt for transfers with 60 credits)
  • Education Prerequisite – 3 credits
    • EDF 2005 Introduction to Teaching Profession

Foreign Language Requirement: (0-2 courses / 0-8 credits)

  • Satisfactory completion of SPN 1121 or tested competency at that level
  • Satisfactory completion of ASL 2150C or tested competency at that level


  • International or Diversity Courses – 3 credits (can be taken within Gen Ed)
  • An additional Humanities Course– 3 credits (can satisfy Gen Ed elective)

 Totals at least 42 credits

Electives may be lower or upper level



The program is designed to start upper-level courses in summer semester for a spring graduation in senior year


Required Courses (9 courses / 27 credits)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDE 4223 Creative Experiences for the Child 3 School of Education Majors only
EDF 3604 Schools and Society 3 Junior or Senior Standing SMCD
EDF 3122 Learning and the Developing Child 3 PR: General Psychology School of Education Majors only
RED 4310 Reading and Learning to Read 3 School of Education Majors only
TSL 4240 Applied Linguistics in Teaching Diverse Students 3 School of Education Majors only
EEX 4084 Instruction for Exceptional and Diverse Students 3 PR: EDE 4223; CR: EDE 4947 School of Education Majors only
RED 4333 Content Area Reading 3 None
EDE 4323 Planning for Instruction of Diverse Learners 3 PR: EDE 4223, EDF 3604, EDF 3122, TSL 4240
EDE 4947 Clinical Education I 3 PR: EDF 3122, TSL 4240 both with a grade of “C-” or better; CR: EEX 4084 Must apply for and be approved by Coordinator of Clinical Education application process)

Interdisciplinary Concentration (3 upper-level courses + lower prerequisite if needed)

Select one concentration area (9-12 credits):

Concentration Code Prerequisites Requirements
English ELG LIT 2000 (3 credits) AML 3xxx (3 credits)
ENL 3xxx (3 credits)
discipline elective (3 credits)
Gerontology GTY GEY 3601 (3 credits)
GEY 3625 (3 credits)
GEY 4612 (3 credits)
History HIS AMH 2xxx (3 credits) discipline electives (9 credits)
Political Science PLT POT 2041 (3 credits) POT 3003 (3 credits)
discipline electives (6 credits)
Professional & Technical Communication PFT ENC 1102 (3 credits) ENC 3250
discipline electives (6 credits)
Psychology PCY PSY 2012 (3 credits) PSY 3213 (3 credits)
discipline electives (6 credits)
Sociology SCY SYG 2000 (3 credits) SYA 3110
discipline electives (6 credits)
Criminology CMY CCJ 3024 (3 credits)
CCJ 3117 (3 credits)
discipline elective (3 credits)
Leadership LDR LDR 3003 (3 credits)
discipline electives (6 credits)
Education EDN any upper-level education courses (9 credits)

(2 courses / 6 credits)

  • Any 2 upper-level courses from the Education curriculum or the chosen concentration

Pillars Requirements

  • Ethics and Leadership Pillars Course (1 course)
  • Diversity and Community Engagement course (1 course)(satisfied by EDF 3604 Schools and Society)
  • Communication and Critical Thinking Pillars Course (1 course)(satisfied by EDG 4909 Directed Studies: Capstone)

Capstone Course for Interdisciplinary Education (1 course / 3 credits)

  • EDG 4909 Directed Studies
    As the capstone this course, while taught individually, follows a common syllabus focused on demonstration of degree competencies.

The upper-level curriculum provides 51 upper-level credits and less than 60 required credits after admittance.

If additional credits are needed to reach 120, they may be open electives: any level, any subject.