Program Overview

Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado offers a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Literacy and Elementary Education Licensure. The program is 120 credits: 48 credits of licensure program courses and 30 to 37 hours of interdisciplinary major hours. A minimum grade of C in all coursework must be earned in order to graduate. Students are required to complete their general studies courses at a community college or at ASU by the end of the summer semester, in order to complete the Teacher Education Professional Studies.  

The BA Interdisciplinary with an emphasis in Literacy and Elementary Education Licensure is for inpiduals who want to teach. In the State of Colorado, students may not major in Education. This program includes a cohort component; students are to complete the program in five semesters with a pre-determined sequence of courses. This also includes summer semesters. Cohorts begin in the fall semester of each academic school year. Additionally, students are to attend a mandatory student orientation each summer at the campus in Alamosa, Colorado. Courses can be completed at the inpidual’s own pace; the flexibility allows for inpiduals who have busy schedules and such.  A minimal amount of traveling is required for the degree. 

Students must pass the PLACE/Praxis II elementary content area exam in order to be placed for student teaching. These scores must be received by the seventh week of the Fall or Spring semester prior to the inpidual’s student teaching semester. 

Interdisciplinary Studies majors are required to meet technology proficiency; this can be completed by taking BUS120, CSCI100, or an equivalent transfer course. This proficiency must be completed by the end of sophomore year. The credits for electives may be transferred from other institutions or taken at ASU. These credits are only used for electives and not anywhere else for the degree requirements.  Additionally, students must submit a writing portfolio by the seventh week of the penultimate semester prior to graduation, in order to demonstrate the students’ writing proficiency.

Furthermore, all students at ASU are required to meet the residency requirement. Students must complete at least 30 semester credits of ASU courses at an off-campus site or by completing online courses, which are approved, and in the distance-learning catalog. Credits that are earned in online courses have the same distinction as campus based courses, in order to meet residency requirements or other requirements for other degree programs at ASU.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
    • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools


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    School Overview

    "Great Stories Begin Here" is not simply a slogan at Adams State University. Student success is the result of a caring campus culture and a highly qualified faculty focused on teaching and excellence within their disciplines. An intimate campus with tree-lined walkways, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, supportive programs, and vibrant student life await Adams State students. 

    Founded in 1921 as a teachers' college, Adams State is a university offering undergraduate majors, minors and emphases. ASU also offers master's degree programs and a doctoral program – most offered online. New academic programs are developed to address student and societal need. 


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