Academic Catalog 2013-2014 
    Apr 07, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle School Certification - Interdisciplinary Studies - Generalist (grades 4-8)

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Middle School Certification

All middle school degree/certification programs require a minimum of 124 semester hours. Students who complete the requirements for the appropriate degree, fulfill certification requirements, and successfully pass the appropriate state examination tests will satisfy all requirements for middle school teacher certification in their area(s) of preparation. Five certification options are available to students desiring to teach at the middle school level.

Total: 43 Hours


  1. ENGL 1301  and 1302  should be taken within first year of enrollment.
  2. For BSIS degrees this requirement must be a life science.
  3. HIST 2301  and 2302  are required for teacher certification.
  4. Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History  or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History  and/or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1301  and/or RLGN 1302  at Wayland or (2) take RLGN 4306 , 4316 , 4317 , or 4318  in lieu of RLGN 1301 ; and/or take RLGN 4306 , 4320 , 4322 , or 4324  in lieu of RLGN 1302 . RLGN 4306  may be an option for either RLGN 1301  or RLGN 1302  as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other RLGN/RLED courses may substitute for either RLGN 1301 or 1302. The Dean of the School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy. RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History  or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy and the Registrar.
  5. Courses marked with an * in the course description section maybe used to fulfi ll this requirement. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirements with DD-214 from basic training.

Total: 14 Hours


1. For BSIS Middle School Math or Middle School Science any physical science course will meet the requirement.

Major (Teaching Field)

Rather than a traditional major and minor, the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.I.S.) degree includes a 30- to 45-semester hour interdisciplinary program. This program focuses on the subject matter taught in the middle school (grades 4-8) and a combination of other subject fields selected to prepare the student for the State examination in middle school generalist.

Professional Education

In addition to the general education core and preparation in the teaching field, all certification programs require a professional education sequence. The professional education sequence provides students with knowledge of the learner, the teaching-learning process, and effective teaching and classroom management strategies. It also provides a structured program of field experiences, beginning with classroom observation and ending with student teaching. Students must have taken and passed the basic skills test upon completion of EDUC 3301 - Principles and Practices in Education  and before taking further professional education courses. The following courses constitute the professional education sequence required for middle school certification (grades 4-8). Students must pass the respective state content test prior to student teaching:

Student teaching:

# During student teaching it is a requirement that the student take the state test for Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility (EC-12 PPR).

Recommended Course Sequence

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Middle School Generalist Education (Grades 4-8) Recommended Sequence of Courses - listed is the recommended rotation based on a B.S.I.S. degree program. For complete information on the general education and graduation requirements for the B.S.I.S. degree program, please refer to the undergraduate programs section of the catalog.

Total: 17 Hours

Total: 17 Hours

Sophomore Year Fall Semester:

Total 17 Hours

Sophomore Year Spring Semester:

Total: 18 Hours

Total: 19 Hours

Total: 15 Hours

Total: 15 Hours

Total: 12 Hours

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