Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) with a concentration in special education and EC-12 special education teacher certification allows paraprofessionals (instructional aides) working in Texas public schools and other qualified individuals who have completed at least 45 hours at community colleges to transfer to SFASU and complete their degree online. Paraprofessionals can earn a Texas teaching certificate while remaining in the schools and classrooms where they work, with the addition of one semester of full-time student teaching. This innovative program is modeled after the successful EC-6 online completer program developed by the Department of Elementary Education at SFASU in 2005, which received the prestigious Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2008.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    • Evidence of self discipline and technology skills
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Have completed at least 45 hours at community colleges

    This is a bachelor completion program. A total of 120 credits are required, including transfer credits.


    School Overview

    Stephen F. Austin State University has a strong tradition of excellence in higher education. We know that sometimes barriers such as geographic distance, employment schedules, and family obligations sometimes prevent students from coming to campus or attending scheduled classes. With more than 20 online degree programs, SFA ONLINE is one way that SFA is working to make higher education more accessible and to help you reach your academic, professional, and personal goals.


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