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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2 years
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Discover the classroom management and instructional design skills necessary to thrive as an educator and prepare future generations for success.
The Teacher Education concentrations offers three tracks (Elementary Track, Middle School Track, and Secondary Track) and a flexible degree design to prepare educators with the necessary skills for success. Upon meeting all admission requirements and application procedures for the Teacher Certification Program the candidate would be eligible for admission to the UNT Educator Preparation Program. Successful completion of all requirements may lead to a recommendation for Initial Teacher Certification with the Texas Education Agency.

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Why earn a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Teacher Education Master's?

The interdisciplinary studies program offers students a high degree of flexibility in designing a program of study that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Applicants to the master’s program can pursue one of two approaches — either a self-styled plan or a recognized concentration. Under a self-styled plan, students design a program to address a particular intellectual interest or study a multidisciplinary issue that combines existing courses from any graduate area of the university. Applicants should contact the Graduate School to discuss their intention to seek a self-styled plan. A recognized concentration provides more structure in the courses taken and is built around a defined interdisciplinary theme. For either approach, the degree awarded upon completion of the program is a Master of Arts or Master of Science with a major in interdisciplinary studies.

The Teacher Education concentration allows students to dive deeper into chosen subjects while also equipping them with the knowledge and skills to use the latest educational theories and technologies, with a focus on the age range they will teach, to prepare their students for success.

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Marketable Skills
  1. Work independently across two or more disciplines
  2. Teamwork
  3. Function across organizational silos through discipline integration
  4. Synthesize information and results
  5. Write in a professional and coherent manner


Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Teacher Education Master's Highlights

Whether you are a young recent graduate of a bachelor’s program or have been in the workforce for years, you can hone your talents for future employment where broad knowledge, advanced research, and effective communication skills are in high demand.
The program allows you to take classes in person at our Frisco or Denton campuses, or you can choose to complete it 100% online.
Our online master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies is ranked a Top 25 Program in the Nation by
Through UNT’s Interdisciplinary Studies program you will learn to sift through information and produce a body of work that synthesizes multiple perspectives, arriving at a more comprehensive understanding of the important issues.
The interdisciplinary studies program offers students a high degree of flexibility in designing a program of study that cuts across disciplinary boundaries.

Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Teacher Education Master's Courses You Could Take

Curriculum Development for Culturally Diverse Learners (3 hrs)
Knowledge and skills required for the development and organization of curriculum and instructional strategies in diverse EC-12 classrooms. Topics include philosophy and principles of multicultural education; racial and cultural influences on education; Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills; alignment of district, state and national curriculum standards; standardized testing; impact of teaching and learning on instruction and assessment; alternative assessment theories; and the relationship of instruction to classroom management.
Maintaining Classroom Discipline (3 hrs)
Models and procedures for classroom management and discipline, as well as techniques for motivating and instructing diverse student populations. Human relations strategies are discussed in great detail and methods for increasing parental involvement are also addressed. Topics include what to do before students arrive, creating the learning environment, behavioral analysis, legal considerations, conferencing, learning contracts, incentives, planning, staying organized and time management.
Literacy Development for English Learners (3 hrs)
Detailed analysis of reading and writing instruction for English language learners. Includes theoretical models, recognition of current issues related to integrated literacy instruction, and delineates best practices for English literacy development in educational settings.
Literacy for All (3 hrs)
Provides a brief overview of relevant theory with emphasis on practical applications. Designed to help prospective and practicing middle and secondary school teachers in all content areas increase and enhance students’ learning, especially from printed materials. Also helps secondary teachers recognize and compensate for the variety of students’ ability levels.
Internship I (3 hrs)
Supervised teaching experience in the public schools as teacher of record. Required for initial teacher certification for those already holding a baccalaureate degree. Interns are guided by a school district mentor who assists them with classroom management strategies, student problems and concerns, and general guidance. Interns are also monitored and counseled by qualified university supervisors who frequently visit/observe/assess in the classroom.
Everyone Can Learn: Applying Theory to Teaching Practice (3 hrs)
Processes of learning and development related to teaching in diverse EC-12 school settings. Cognitive, social, physical and moral development research is presented, and practical examples applied to teaching practice are demonstrated. Also explored are student differences with regard to intelligence, learning style, culture, economic status and gender. Additional topics include operant conditioning, social learning theory, information processing, constructivism and motivation theory as well as various approaches to instruction.

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