B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Special Education
Receive your undergraduate degree in a field that makes a difference. Our program prepares you for a variety of opportunities in education today. Our students become teachers equipped to address individual differences in inclusive classroom settings. From the first semester of admission into the program, you are in the school classrooms. You see your course learning in action. By the time you leave, you have 800 or more hours in classrooms. You will graduate with three certifications: Early Childhood (EC) to 12th-grade Special education; EC to 6th grade General Education; and the English as a Second Language endorsement.
Make a difference. Become a Special Education teacher.
You must be enrolled at Texas A&M University to apply to the Special Education Program. Freshman, change of major, and transfer students need to follow all Texas A&M University and department admissions policies.
Students must apply for admission into the Special Education Program. There are requirements for this upper-level program. These include the completion of 45-60 hours, GPA of 2.75 or higher, and grades in certain courses. Applicants are reviewed by a committee and admitted on a competitive basis. The application process is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. (This application process pertains only to students already in the major at Texas A&M.)How to Apply
Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers
Applications for the Charles Butt Scholarship is closed for 2018, check back fall 2018 for 2019 application information.
The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers consists of $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.
The first round of scholarships granted will be for the 2018-19 school year. Approximately 100 scholarships will be provided in the first year, spread across 11 partner university teacher preparation programs. Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include 500 teaching scholars annually.
- Enroll or be enrolled full-time in a partner university program that will lead to a teaching certificate
- Be a Texas resident
- Have a strong academic record and history of achievement
- Have demonstrated peer or group leadership skills
- Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in education in high-needs Texas public schools upon completion of the program
In addition to scholarship funding, the Raising Texas Teachers initiative will supplement the rigorous education scholars receive through partner programs by providing teacher candidates opportunities to benefit from ongoing professional development, mentoring and feedback from teachers and principals, and connections with fellow Charles Butt scholars across Texas.
This combination of education and supports is designed to ensure teacher candidates practice and develop pedagogical skills in authentic classroom settings, observe masterful teaching in action, reflect on feedback from expert teachers and school leaders, and participate in a community that fosters professional growth.
- Remain a full-time student enrolled in a program that will lead to a teaching certificate at one of the 11 partner programs;
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average;
- Participate in Raise Your Hand professional development activities;
- Receive a letter of recommendation for continuation from the IHE program leader each year; and
- Plan to teach in a high-needs classroom in a Texas public school upon completion of the program.
Make a difference. Become a Special Education teacher.
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies
Program Delivery: Traditional
Program Hours: 120
An outlet for students who are passionate about serving individuals with exceptionalities and learning the professional field of special education.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the typical program costs?
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I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.
Creative Studies Minor
The Creative Studies minor provides knowledge and strategies to help you think more creatively within the area of your future profession. Everyone has the ability to think more creatively. Our job is to help you develop and grow your creative ability. Creativity changes the way you think about personal and professional situations.
Complete the Application, obtain a signature from Dr. Joyce Juntune (704 Harrington) or Christy Porter (115B Heaton Hall). Once signed, submit the application to your academic advisor, who will approve the minor and add it to your student account. Students applying for a minor in Creative Studies must have an overall GPR of 2.0 or better.
The Creative Studies minor is 15 credit hours, consisting of six hours of required coursework and nine hours of additional courses, to be chosen by the student. Students must have a C grade or above in all Creative Studies courses to qualify for graduation with the minor.
After completing 45-60 hours of prerequisite coursework, students may apply for upper-level admissions. Once admitted into upper level, students begin their courses and field experience blocks. In all field experiences, supervision occurs. University supervisors and mentor teachers provide direct and specific feedback on your teaching progress.
Involves approximately 165 clock hours of practicum in general education classrooms. Your placement is in diverse settings in general education classrooms. You will see and apply methods learned in your courses. Activities including teaching in several subject areas. You learn how to deliver and modify effective instruction. You begin to hone your classroom management.
Consists of approximately 160 clock hours in special education settings. During this time, you are in both high and low incidence placements. You refine your teaching skills by delivering effective instruction to a variety of students. You are accountable for goals, objectives, and modifications.
Focus on adolescents and transition with about 40 clock hours. Your experience with adolescents, multicultural considerations, and students with limited English proficiency grows. You work with parents and community resources as available.
Student teaching block, a 15-week experience. Our placement coordinator and you determine the best setting.