Elementary Education Degree

Our Interdisciplinary Generalist program is dedicated to preparing future EC-6 classroom teachers who understand how to provide positive and productive learning environments as well as engaging and developmentally appropriate instruction that is respectful for diverse learners in public, private, or charter school classrooms.

Because of our faculty members’ past teaching, administrative, or regional consultant experiences, the mosaic of the Interdisciplinary Generalist program is highlighted with reality while learning how to apply researched-based theories. Through the various hands-on learning experiences with HSU faculty members, local certified educators, and administrators, our HSU Education majors develop a personal and professional philosophy of teaching that targets the whole child – socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically.

The Hardin-Simmons University Interdisciplinary Generalist program is accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), which reviews our Educator Preparation Program yearly with a review of test scores and other accountability requirements.

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Dr. Renee Collins-professor of education and Associate Dean Irvin School of Education

Dr. Renee Collins

Professor of Education, Associate Dean of the Irvin School of Education 325-670-1484


  • Interdisciplinary Generalist (BSHS)


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Real-World Connections

Our Interdisciplinary Generalist majors participate in several unique field experiences - Early Childhood Practicum, Small Group Instruction in Schools, two-week Science Summer Literacy Camp, and two-week Summer Gifted Camp - that require designing and implementing instructional activities to engage EC-6 students in one-on-one, small group, and large group instruction.

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State Certifications

Through the EC-6 Interdisciplinary Generalist program students successfully complete the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Program content tests: Core Subjects EC-6 (291) exams, the EC-12 Pedagogy, and Professional Roles exam (160), as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) exam (154).

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“Irvin School of Education has become my home over the few years I have attended Hardin-Simmons University. I have been challenged to grow academically, spiritually and socially. My professors have taught me how to have ownership over my education and be faithful in my studies. I am excited to apply the knowledge I have learned into my future classroom.” -Molli Howard

Program Details

Core Distinctive (16)

  • FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway 3
  • COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication 3
  • FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life 1
  • HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America 3
  • RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life 3
  • ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery 3

Writing (3)

  • ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302 3

Literature (3)

  • ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit 3

Fine Arts (3)

  • Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre – See Major 0

Christian Studies (3)

  • BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

  • FSSC Activity course (X 2) 2

Math (3)

  • MATH 1310 or higher 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

  • BIOL or ENVS 3
  • Science Lab 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6) Must be from outside the major & minor

  • POLS 1302 American Government ……………………………… 3
  • PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology ……………………………. 3

Total Core 43

Major: Interdisciplinary Generalist (72 credits) *Required GPA for major is 2.8

  • ART 3311 Public School Art, Elementary 3
  • MUSI 3325 Essential Elements of Music 3
  • FSSC 3300 Physical Activities for Children 3
  • ECED 4311 Theory/Found of Early Childhood Ed 3
  • GEOG 3301 Cultural Geography 3
  • MATH 2305 Mathematics Education I 3
  • READ 3360 Beginning Literacy Development 3
  • READ 3364 Develop. Comprehensive/Inquiry Skills 3
  • READ 3388 Child & Adolescent Literature 3
  • READ 3393 Read. Assessment/Intervention 3
  • READ 4392 Organization/Materials for Read 3
  • READ 4394 Reading Practicum 3
  • READ 3395 Reading for Diverse Cultures 3
  • READ 4397 Intro. to Adv./Gifted Learner 3
  • READ 4398 Capstone Course: Reading Prof. 3
  • ECED 3331 Teaching EC-6 Math 3
  • ECED 3336 Teaching EC-6 Science 3
  • ECED 4315 Methods of Teaching Social Studies EC-6 3
  • EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development 3
  • EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment 3
  • EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ. 3
  • EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher 3
  • EDUC 4320 Stu. Teach. in Elem. School 3
  • EDUC 4321 Stu. Teach. in Early Childhood 3

Technological Competency & Electives (9)

  • EDUC 1306 Technology in Education 3

Electives 6
Core 43
Major 72
Technological Competency and Electives 9
TOTAL 124 hours

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

Certified graduates of the Interdisciplinary Generalist Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences (BSHS) program are eligible to apply for positions ranging from early childhood classrooms through the 6th grade within the state of Texas.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

TEA Complaint Process

Title II Data

Hardin-Simmons University Educator Preparation Program (EPP) begins teacher certification coursework with a freshman level educational technology course that introduces future teachers to the standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  These standards require students to apply the roles as a Learner, Leader, Citizen, Collaborator, Designer, Facilitator, and Analyst.  Within the technology class, EPP faculty members utilize the SAMR (substitution, augmentation, modification, or redefinition of a task or product) and RAT (replacement, amplification, or transformation) models of instruction within the course applications while introducing real-world connections with the Google’s G-Suite for Education (i.e., Docs, Classroom, Sheets, Forms, etc.).  Throughout the remaining EPP pedagogical classes for all certification programs, faculty members require future teachers to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create technological integrations within instruction and assessments for course requirements.  Ultimately, all HSU education majors are given an opportunity to gain Level 1 Google Certification prior to graduation.

Hardin-Simmons University EPP prepares teachers to use technology effectively to improve teaching and learning for the purpose of increasing student academic achievement in various junior and senior level content and pedagogical classes.  Future teachers focus on analyzing data from informal reading and writing assessments to determine differentiated instruction for diverse learners as well as analyzing sub-populations, frequency distribution, scaffolding TEKS in order to close the achievement gaps (i.e., Eduphoria, Lead4ward, IXL, MobyMax, iStation, Success Maker, Education Galaxy, Starfall, Pebble Go, and Formative Loop) during a senior level capstone course.