Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies
In collaboration with the School of Education, the College of Arts & Sciences offers the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree program for students who wish to be elementary education PreK-6 teachers. After completing all degree and program requirements, you will receive a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a license teach Pre-K through 6th grade in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The courses in this major are taught in a classroom format and must be completed on the Virginia Beach campus.
In the Teacher Education major, you will learn how to meet the needs of each student you teach. Become an expert in lesson planning; assessing student learning; implementing best instructional practices; building positive relationships with students, parents, and community members; using the latest technology in the classroom; and using a Christ-centered approach to serving inclusive classrooms. What makes Regent's program so unique is our blend of Christian principles and coursework into the elementary education-level teacher training.
The Teacher Education and Interdisciplinary Studies major is more than just learning theory though—you will also gain practical, hands-on experience as you seek to become a teacher in Virginia. As part of attaining your eligibility for teacher licensure, you will participate in a 16-week student teaching/internship experience in your senior year, take part in various teacher observation assignments, and be required to pass four key pre-licensure tests, the Praxis I, the Praxis II, RVE- Reading for Virginia Educators, and the VCLA- Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment. (SAT and ACT scores meeting criteria have been approved for substitution for PRAXIS I.) For additional information, go to the Virginia Department of Education website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov .)
Because the bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies is a program leading to initial professional licensure, you are required to both declare the major and be formally accepted into the program. Upon declaring the major, students are identified as non-licensure track. After successfully completing the majority of general education requirements at the end of your sophomore year, you will be permitted and encouraged to apply for formal admission into the Interdisciplinary Studies major. This requires a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in each course applied to meet general education requirements. After admission into the program, your major will be officially changed to the licensure track (PreK-6). Information on admission to the teacher education program can be found on the School of Education’s website.
Graduates from the Teacher Education and Interdisciplinary Studies program are in high demand in the region and the state. Our graduates are employed in public, private and Christian school settings and are well respected as effective educators in the Hampton Roads Region. Regent graduates continue to win numerous honors and distinctions. From the 2006 National Principal of the Year winner Sharon Birdsong to the 2005 History Teacher of the Year, Molly Gunsalus, Regent graduates are making a lasting difference in our community!
Regent University's Interdisciplinary Studies teacher preparation program, designed to prepare competent, caring, and qualified professionals is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council for a period of seven years, from January 9, 2009 to January 9, 2016. This accreditation certifies that the teacher preparation programs have provided evidence that they adhere to TEAC's quality principles. Teacher Educational Accreditation Council, One Dupont Circle, Suite 320, Washington, DC, 20036, phone 202-466-7236.