Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies,
Elementary Education  (B.S.)

Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education Program

Recent Licensure Recipients Licensure Candidate at Graduation

General Statement

The Department of Teaching and Learning is designed primarily for providing professional education for teachers. Although the degree is grant through the College of Liberal Arts, the advanced coursework, taken in the junior and senior years, are offered within the department. Undergraduate certification areas include:

Art Education K–12 
Biology 7–12 
Chemistry 7–12 
Early Childhood Pre K–4 
English 7–12 
Family and Consumer Sciences 7–12 
French 7–12 
Geography 7–12 
Government 7–12 
History 7–12 
Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education (K-5) 
Mathematics 7–12 
Music K–12
Physical Education K-12
Spanish 7–12 
Speech 7–12 
Theatre 7–12

*Note: 7-12 licensure areas should contact the Teacher Certification office for licensure & program requirements.

Specifically, the Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education program offers the student the opportunity to prepare for a license to teach in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade. This means that the Tennessee Department of Education certifies that the individual is qualified to teach at those levels and thus is eligible to be hired by public school systems in the state. An endorsement for a given grade level means that the student is especially well prepared for those grades, but is also eligible to teach at whatever level the license includes. The concentration is child development and learning, with licensure for grades K-5.

Degree Requirements:

  • accumulation of 120-credit hours and minimum 2.00 GPA, including...
  • the general education core
  • 26 credit hours or content and knowledge courses
  • 37 credit hours of professional education courses
  • 12 hours (one full semester) of residency/student teaching, included in the professional education hours
  • completion of the Senior Exit Exam

Eligibility for admission to the teacher certification program:

  • Minimum GPA - 2.75 cumulative
  • Pass CORE Academic Skill of Educators, or ACT, or SAT (only 1 of the three test is required)
      • ACT score of 22 (Reading, Writing, & Math)
      • SAT score of 1020 (Reading & Mathematics)
      • CORE Academic Skills for Educators (
    formally PRAXIS I
      • Reading - 5712 (Score: 156)
      • Writing - 5722 (Score: 162) 
      • Math - 5732 (Score: 150)
  • Clear TBI/FBI Security Clearance
  • Completed at least 31 semester hours of coursework, including:
    • ENGL 1010 - English Composition I
    • ENGL 1020 - English Composition II
    • PSYC 2420 - Human Growth and Learning
    • EDCI 2010 - History and Foundations of Education
    • plus the appropriate sequence of freshman math and science.
  • Two positive recommendations from your content area advisor and a professional educator/professor.

Students must also complete a written application through the Office of Teacher Education and Student Services before being formally admitted to the program, usually during the sophomore year.

For More Information


Department of Teaching & Learning
IDS Elementary Education Majors
Office: 203 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5465



Dr. Beth Christian
Dr. Beth Christian
                      IDS Elementary Ed., Vol State (2+2) Cohort only*
Office: 216 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5324
VSCC Office: 103B, 300 Bldg.
VSCC Campus: (615) 230-3706

For more information,
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*Note: This is only for students who have completed
their AST degree at Volunteer State Community College.





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