Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development

The curriculum for the degree has four components: (a) the University-wide core curriculum; (b) prescribed work for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development; (c) major requirements; and (d) electives. Students choose one of three majors: early childhood through grade six generalist, which can lead to early childhood through grade six generalist certification or early childhood through grade six bilingual generalist certification; all-level generic special education, which can lead to all-level generic special education certification; or youth and community studies, which does not lead to teacher certification.

The youth and community studies major requires 120 hours of coursework; the early childhood through grade six ESL generalist major requires 124 hours of coursework; and the all-level generic special education major requires 127 hours of coursework. Students in all majors must complete at least 36 hours of upper-division coursework.

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum. In the process of fulfilling the core curriculum and other degree requirements, all students are expected to complete the Skills and Experience flags.

  1. Writing: three flagged courses beyond Rhetoric and Writing 306 or its equivalent. Applied Learning and Development 328 carries a writing flag.
  2. Quantitative Reasoning: one flagged course
  3. Global cultures: one flagged course
  4. Cultural diversity in the United States: one flagged course. Applied Learning and Development 327 carries a cultural diversity in the United States flag.
  5. Ethics and Leadership: one flagged course
  6. Independent Inquiry: one flagged course

In some cases, a course that is required for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development may also be counted toward the Core Curriculum; these courses are identified above. Courses used to fulfill flag requirements may also be used to fulfill other requirements.

Prescribed Work

All students must complete the following requirements. The youth and community studies major requires modifications to the prescribed work; these are described in the section for the major below.

  1. Information Studies 322T.
  2. Psychology 301. This course may also be used to fulfill the social and behavioral sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.
  3. Natural Sciences 306J, 306K, and 306L. These courses may also be used to fulfill parts I and II of the science and technology requirement of the Core Curriculum. In addition, students must complete Natural Sciences 306M.
  4. Mathematics 316K and 316L.
  5. Foreign language: Students must demonstrate proficiency in a single foreign language equivalent to that shown by completion of the second college semester in the language; proficiency is usually shown by earning credit for language courses 601D and 610D or the equivalent. Prospective Texas teachers are strongly encouraged to take Spanish to fulfill the language requirement.

Although the foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency, rather than the completion of a specified number of hours, the courses taken to gain this proficiency are not electives and may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Any part of the requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.

Students who completed two years of a single foreign language in high school and who are not pursuing teacher certification may substitute three courses in specific multicultural and language/communication courses for the foreign language requirement. A list of the acceptable substitute courses is available in the Student Dean’s Office, George I. Sánchez Building 216, and in the Kinesiology Advising Center, Bellmont Hall 1005.

Major Requirements

Early Childhood Through Grade Six ESL Generalist

Students who have completed the early childhood through grade six ESL generalist major are eligible to teach pre-kindergarten through grade six after meeting additional state requirements.

For this major, students must complete the following:

  1. Coursework in applied learning and development:
    1. Three semester hours in cognition and learning chosen from Applied Learning and Development 320 and 321
    2. Applied Learning and Development 322
    3. Applied Learning and Development 327
    4. Applied Learning and Development 328
    5. Applied Learning and Development 329
    6. Health Education 329K
    7. Kinesiology 314
  2. A curricular specialization consisting of Curriculum and Instruction 370E (Topic 1: Reading), 370E (Topic 2: Language Arts)370E (Topic 20: Teaching English as a Second Language), and either Special Education 378T (Topic: Reading Difficulties) or Curriculum and Instruction 371R
     
  3. The Professional Development Sequence described below. Admission to the Professional Development Sequence is restricted; admission requirements are given in Admission to the Professional Development Sequence.
    1. Methods courses: Curriculum and Instruction 370E (Topic 3: Science), 370E (Topic 4: Social Studies), and 370E (Topic 5: Mathematics)
    2. Curriculum and Instruction 331E
    3. Curriculum and Instruction 371G
    4. Curriculum and Instruction 950E
       

All-Level Generic Special Education

Students who have completed the all-level generic special education major are eligible to teach in special education classrooms from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve after meeting additional state requirements.

For this major, students must complete the following:

  1. Coursework in applied learning and development and related areas:
    1. Three semester hours in human development chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and Psychology 304
    2. Three semester hours in cognition and learning chosen from Applied Learning and Development 320 and 321
    3. Applied Learning and Development 322, 326, 327, and 328
  2. Prescribed work in special education: Special Education 332, 337, 372, 375C, 376, 378D, 378E, 378R, and 378S
     
  3. The Professional Development Sequence described below. Admission to the Professional Development Sequence is restricted; admission requirements are given in Admission to the Professional Development Sequence.
    1. Curriculum and Instruction 370E (Topic 5: Mathematics), 370E (Topic 1: Reading), and 370E (Topic 2: Language Arts)
    2. Curriculum and Instruction 331E
    3. Special Education 960
       

Youth and Community Studies

Completion of a major in youth and community studies does not entitle the student to receive a teaching certificate.

  1. The Prescribed Work, with the following modifications:
    1. A course in English or rhetoric and writing may be counted in place of Information Studies 322T. The course used to fulfill the humanities requirement of the core curriculum may not also be counted toward this requirement.
    2. Students must complete a three-semester-hour course in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, or sociology in addition to the course used to fulfill the social and behavioral sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.
    3. Students are not required to take Natural Sciences 306J, 306K, 306L, and an additional natural sciences or computer science course. However, they must complete the science and technology, part I and part II, requirements of the Core Curriculum.
    4. Mathematics 316K and 316L are not required.
    5. Students must take a three-semester-hour computer applications course.
  2. Coursework in applied learning and development and related fields:
    1. Applied Learning and Development 320, 322, 327, and 329
    2. Applied Learning and Development 321 or Educational Psychology 363M
    3. Health Education 329K
    4. Three semester hours of coursework in kinesiology or health education
  3. Either a specialization in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, a minor outside of Applied Learning and Development, a certificate, or a track in a second field of study which consist of a minimum of 15 hours of coursework, six of which must be upper-division. No more than six hours in the minor may also be counted toward other degree requirements. Information about approved areas of study and specific courses that may be used is available in the Student Dean’s Office, George I. Sánchez Building 216 and in the Kinesiology Advising Center, Bellmont Hall 1005.
     
  4. Professional concentration: 15 semester hours selected from one of the following four concentrations: Early Childhood, Special Populations, Coaching, and Youth and Social Services. A list of courses in each concentration is available in the Student Dean’s Office, George I. Sánchez Building 216, and in the Kinesiology Advising Center, Bellmont Hall 1005.

Electives

Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the student’s major. Students in all majors must complete at least 36 hours of upper-division coursework.