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Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies - Teacher Education Program

Texas Tech University’s Teacher Education Program provides the upper-division coursework necessary for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies with a specialization in either English as a Second Language (ESL) or Special Education. Program graduates are prepared to earn certification as EC-6 teachers who can serve the needs of ESL or special education students, in accordance with the graduate’s area of specialization.

Program Overview

Texas Tech University's College of Education Teacher Education Program in Early-Childhood to 6th Grade (EC-6) elementary certification consists of 129-132 credit hours of undergraduate courses with a specialization in English as a Second Language (ESL) or Special Education.

  • 123-132 credit hours
  • Students will earn 66 credit hours of core classes at the community college level and the remaining 57-66 credit hours of upper division courses with Texas Tech. Students can be admitted to the program with 45 credit hours and take courses with Texas Tech University while concurrently completing core curriculum requirement at a community college.
  • Classes are delivered using one or a combination of formats, including web-based, interactive video conferencing (IVC) and face-to-face instruction at one of the University’s Hill Country regional sites in Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, or Junction. Weekend intensive classes, some travel, and field-based experiences are required.
  • Course rotation is offered in a cohort model. A new cohort begins every fall semester.

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Kelly R. Fox, Ph.D.
  • Phone: 830.798.9548

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected fall semester initial enrollment.

  1. Complete the Texas Common Application and submit an application to Texas Tech University as a transfer student.
    • The application fee is $60 for U.S. students and $125 for international applicants.
    • Contact each university or college you have attended and request that a copy of your official transcript be sent to Texas Tech University.
    • Submit THEA test scores
  2. Apply to the College of Education Teacher Education Program.
  3. Apply for financial assistance.
    • View the Financial Aid tab for more information.
  4. Upon acceptance to the program, an advisor will monitor the candidate's continuous progress toward the degree and certification.
    • Texas Tech University will notify you of your acceptance or rejection by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

If assistance is needed with the admissions and transfer processes, please contact an advisor.

TTU at Fredericksburg: 830.990.2717
TTU at Highland Lakes: 830.798.9548
TTU Center at Junction: 325.446.2301

If lower-division coursework is needed in order to qualify for admittance into the Texas Tech Teacher Education program, consider one of the program's community college partners:

Austin Community College: 830.997.6363
Central Texas College - Marble Falls: 830.693.4645
Central Texas College - Burnet/Llano: 512.765.9890
Howard College: 866.424.2957

Degree Plan Requirements 123-132 semester hours

Lower Division General Course Requirements - 66 semester hours (required at the community college level)

The following general course requirements for an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) may be fulfilled at a community college. In the Hill Country area, Texas Tech has lower-division articulation agreements with Austin Community College, Central Texas College and Howard College. Credits and courses from other institutions will also be considered during the admissions process and rated for equivalency. The requirements to complete an AAT may vary by community college.

English Mathematics
ENGL 1301 Composition I MATH 1314 College Algebra
ENGL 1302 Composition II MATH 1350 Fundamentals of Math I
ENGL 23— Literature Course MATH 1351 Fundamentals of Math II
Speech Child Development Course
SPCH Public Speaking Choose from approved list of psychology classes
History Science (One of EACH with lab)
HIST 1301 US History before 1877 Physical Science (PHYS or CHEM)
HIST 1302 US History after 1877 Life Science (Biology)
HIST 2301 History of Texas Earth/Space Science (GEOL or ASTR)
Fine Arts (one of each) Education
ARTS EDUC 1301 Intro to Teacher
MUSIC EDUC 2301 Special Populations
Behavior Science Foreign Language
GEOG Regional Geography of the World 2 years of the same language in high school OR 2 semesters at a Community College

Upper Division Courses and Rotation

Below are the courses and rotations for ESL and Special Education. Courses are delivered using one or a combination of formats, including web-based, interactive video conferencing (IVC) and face-to-face instruction at one of the University's Hill Country regional sites in Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, or Junction. Weekend intensive classes, some travel, and field-based experiences are required. All face-to-face classes are offered during the evening and on weekends to accommodate working students.

ESL Course Rotation SPED Course Rotation
1st FALL SEMESTER
EDBL 3332 Foundations of Bilingual Studies
EDLL 3350 Children's Literature
1st FALL SEMESTER
EDSP 3302 Assessment & Program Planning for
Exceptional Children
EDLL 3350 Children's Literature
1st SPRING SEMESTER
EDIT 3318 Application of Technology in
Elementary Education
EDBL 3334 Dual Language & Cognitive
Development in Bilingual Programs
1st SPRING SEMESTER
EDIT 3318 Application of Technology in
Elementary Education
EDSP 4304 Methods for Teaching Students with
Severe Disabilities
1st SUMMER SEMESTER
EDBL 3336 Instruction and Management in
Bilingual and Multilingual Settings (Summer I)
EDLL 4351 Foundations in Reading for English
Language Learners (Summer I & II)
ESS 3335 Health & Physical Education for
Children
1st SUMMER SEMESTER
EDLL 4380 Literacy in the Content Areas
(Summer I)
ESS 3335 Health & Physical Education for
Children (Summer II)
2nd FALL SEMESTER
EDLL 3351 Foundations of Reading Instruction
EDLL 3352 Language Literacy Acquisition
EDBL 3338 Methods for Teaching English
Language Learners
2nd FALL SEMESTER
EDLL 3351 Foundations of Reading Instruction
EDLL 3352 Language Literacy Acquisition
EDSP 3303 Methods for Teaching Students with
Mild Disabilities
2nd SPRING SEMESTER
EDEL 4370 Teaching Mathematics
EDEL 4375 Teaching Science
EDLL 4380 Literacy in the Content Areas
2nd SPRING SEMESTER
EDEL 4370 Teaching Mathematics
EDEL 4375 Teaching Science
EDSP 4305 Behavior Management for Students
with Disabilities
2nd SUMMER SEMESTER
EDEL 4360 Teaching Social Studies (intercession)
EDBL 3337 Content Area Development for
English as a Second Language Populations
2nd SUMMER SEMESTER
EDEL 4360 Teaching Social Studies (intercession)
EDLL 4382 Reading & Writing in the Secondary
Classroom
EDBL 3335 Teaching Linguistically & Culturally
Diverse Students in EC-6 Mainstream
Classrooms
3rd FALL SEMESTER *
EDEL 4000 Student Teaching Elementary Level
EDEL 4330 Capstone Course
3rd FALL SEMESTER *
EDEL 4000 Student Teaching Elementary Level
EDEL 4330 Capstone Course
*Note: Paraprofessionals under the Texas Educational Aide Exemption may have student teaching waived and take EDEL 4330 Capstone during the 2nd Summer Semester.

Financial Aid

For information on financial aid opportunities, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

There is a new federally-funded TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grant Program for students who intend to teach in schools that serve students from low-income families for at least four years and are seeking certification in high-need teaching fields. Teacher candidates in high needs areas (Bilingual and ESL, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, and Special Education) with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 may be eligible for grants up to $4000/year. This program is administered through the TTU Financial Aid office. More information is available online.

A consortium agreement will allow you to use your financial aid at both your local community college and Texas Tech
University concurrently. For information and assistance with establishing a consortium agreement, contact Jennifer Fisk in Office Of Financial Aid.

Q: What are some of the financial resources available?

A: Three resources include the Veteran Benefits, the Loan Forgiveness Program, and Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

Veteran Benefits

Veterans who have remaining GI Bill Education Benefits are entitled to a reimbursement of their testing fees when they have completed teacher certification examinations (ExCET or TExES). If this applies to you, you may want to find out more information by calling the Texas Troops to Teachers Office at 1-800-810-5484.

Loan Forgiveness

Certain teachers who have outstanding Federal Stafford, Perkins, or Consolidation Loans may be eligible to have up to $5,000 of their loans forgiven (in other words, you won't have to repay the amount). To qualify for teacher loan forgiveness provisions, certain criteria must be met. More information is available online.

Teach for Texas

Teachers in high needs areas may apply for an annual repayment of loans (up to $5000/year for 5 years or $20,000 maximum). More information on this program is available online.

TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education)

Teacher candidates (undergraduate and PostBac) in high needs areas (Bilingual and ESL, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, and Special Education) with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 may be eligible for grants up to $4000/year. This program is administered through the TTU Financial Aid Office. More information is available online.

Educational Aide Exemption Waiver

To address its growing need for more qualified teachers, the State of Texas created a program that covers tuition and some fees for education aides who enroll in college to become certified Texas teachers. The exemption may only be used at public colleges or universities in Texas, including Texas Tech University and with our pathway partners Central Texas College, Austin Community College and Howard College).

This program is administered by College for All Texans.