School of General Education

Interdisciplinary Studies

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A student with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Career and Technical Education will be able to:

  1. Use their understanding of learning and development theory (cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, or physical) to design appropriate learning experiences
  2. Use their understanding of individual differences to design inclusive learning experiences
  3. Use their understanding of diverse cultures and communities to design inclusive learning experiences
  4. Design learning environments that support individual learning marked by active engagement
  5. Design learning environments that support collaborative learning marked by positive social engagement
  6. Accurately communicate central concepts of the discipline they teach
  7. Accurately address common misconceptions of the discipline they teach
  8. Engage learners in applying perspectives from varied disciplines in authentic contexts, such as local and global issues
  9. Integrate cross-disciplinary skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving to help learners demonstrate their learning in unique ways
  10. Implement multiple methods of assessment to monitor learning progress in order to inform and adjust instructional practice
  11. Plan instruction by drawing upon their knowledge of content areas to meet rigorous learning goals
  12. Plan instruction by drawing upon their knowledge of learners to meet rigorous learning goals
  13. Use a variety of instructional strategies to make the discipline accessible for diverse learners
  14. Use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to build skills in order to apply knowledge in meaningful ways
  15. Engage in ongoing professional learning
  16. Practice their profession in a legal and ethical manner
  17. Collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure student learning
  18. Advance the profession through advocacy, leadership, and active research

In addition to completing general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree, the student completes a combination of technical courses based on the degree emphasis. That includes lab or hands-on components to build troubleshooting and problem-solving skills and provide exposure to course topics; integration of theoretical topics with practical skills; at least one multi-course sequence consisting of 1000- and 2000-level courses; 12 credits minimum at the 3000 and 4000 levels; and a capstone experience which requires the student to call upon the comprehensive skills and knowledge gained in the program.

EDU 2051  Teaching Methods I                                             3
EDU 2052  Teaching Methods II                                            3
EDU 2135   Instruction for Students with Special Needs    3
EDU 2200  Assessment in the CTE Classroom                    1
EDU 2802  Educational Externship                                       1
EDU 3051   Teaching Methods III                                          3
EDU 3052   Teaching Methods IV                                          3
EDU 3115    Issues & Trends in Technical Education            3
EDU 4600  Education Capstone                                            1
PSY 2110    Educational Psychology                                       3
EDU 3XXX Elective                                                                16

Enrollment in these courses requires the permission of the Program Director.