Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies
Regent's Interdisciplinary Studies Program is the ideal path for those wishing to earn a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. In this state licensure program, students graduate with the skills to successfully become licensed and teach Pre-K through 6th grade in the State of Virginia. In the Teacher Education major, Regent students learn how to meet the needs of each student they teach. They become experts 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 its blend of Christian principles and coursework into the elementary education curriculum. Students learn about character development and their own spiritual formation and Christian worldview throughout their program.
The Teacher Education and Interdisciplinary Studies major is more than just learning theory though—it's a lot of hands on application. Students participate in a 16-week student teaching/internship experience in their senior year, take part in various teacher observation assignments, and at various points in their program, are 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 .). While general education classes can be taken online, all upper-level, education-specific courses are offered on-campus only.
Graduates from the Teacher Education and Interdisciplinary Studies program are in high demand in the region and the state. 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 game changers!
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.