The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies (INST) with a certification in Middle Grades 4-8 Math/Science is for students seeking a Texas teacher certification in middle grades with a specialization in math/science. It is a field-based program, with students spending extensive time in middle schools. Students receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies (INST) through a series of field-based programs and classroom work with the completion of 127 credit hours.
Freshman, change of major and transfer students should follow all Texas A&M University and department admissions policies. View the Undergraduate Admissions page for full information.
Students must apply and be admitted into the upper level Teacher Education program before beginning the certification program.
Note: Applicants are reviewed by committee and admitted on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements listed does not guarantee admission.How to Apply
Once admitted into the upper level Teacher Education program, students complete a series of field experiences. The Certification Process Flow chart outlines the steps required to complete the program.
The Field Experiences Office is responsible for administering and organizing field placements. Students complete a consecutive series of methods blocks as part of their degree plan, before completing their clinical teaching experience the final semester before graduation.Field Experiences Office
While in TLAC, students have access to a variety of academic and social services to ensure they are able to perform at their best. View the student services page to see the opportunities available to students.
Each spring and fall semester, the TLAC Field Experiences Office coordinates the Education Career Fair to connect students with potential employers.
If you have any questions, contact the Undergraduate Advising Office at (979) 845-5312 or visit the first floor in Harrington Tower.
Current TAMU students need to log into their HOWDY portal and use the NAVIGATE icon to make an advising appointment, or down load the NAVIGATE phone app. The system only allows students to schedule an appointment 7 days in advance.
Prospective Students need to email an advisor or call 979.845.5312 in order to make an advising appointment. The system only allows prospective students to schedule an appointment 7 days in advance.
Learn more about the process of becoming a certified teacher in Texas.
In order to successfully complete degree and certification requirements, students in the TLAC department have a few responsibilities. These include:
Achieve and Maintain a Minimum 2.75 Grade Point Ratio (GPR)
Freshmen must achieve this GPR by the end of their second semester at TAMU; transfer students must achieve this by the end of their first semester. Students’ GPRs are checked at the end of each semester. If this requirement is not met, students will be dismissed from the TLAC department and all education courses will be dropped from their schedules.
Attend a Mandatory Advising Session Once Per Semester with a Member of the TLAC Undergraduate Advising Team.
Students are blocked from registration until this requirement has been met. Freshmen will also be required to attend a mandatory meeting in the fall semester of their freshman year. Advisors will check roll to make sure a student attends this meeting. Information about this meeting will be emailed to the students with plenty of advance notice.
Fill Out A Criminal History Background Check Consent Form Each Semester Students Will Be Participating In A Field Experience.
Students will receive instructions on where to find the forms via email prior to their field semesters.
Schedule And Register For The Proper Courses In The Correct Sequence Each Semester.
This will be discussed at the mandatory advising session with the student’s advisor.
Meet the Requirements For Admission To Teacher Education (Or “Upper Level”) In a Timely Fashion.
Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies (INST)
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science, Teacher Certification Program (INST)
Program Delivery: Traditional
Program Hours: 127
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the typical program costs?
The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Click here for the cost of attendance estimator
Please note, you must update the program hours.
How soon can I apply?
Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible!
I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.