Elementary Education (Teacher Certification - Special Education), BIS


The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary Education with Special Education program leads to a profession, which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

Mission Statement

To prepare highly skilled professionals to assume roles and positions in teaching, research, educational leadership, and human development to contribute to the educational achievement of children in elementary settings.

Program Requirements

Elementary Education (Teacher Certification - Special Education)
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Plan
Elementary Education (Teacher Certification - Special Education)    

Criminal History Acknowledgement

Criminal Background Check
UTRGV students pursuing undergraduate degree plans that lead to State of Texas teacher certification must clear a criminal background check for program admission, field experiences, clinical teaching and certification.

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

  1. In order to receive certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  3. You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation:

Contact Information

Please contact the program coordinator, if you need assistance or more information on the Special Educaton minor.

Program Coordinator and Advisor: Mrs. Julia Pecina, Lecture III

Phone: (956) 358-1976

E-mail: julia.pecina@utrgv.edu

Edinburg Campus: EEDUC 1.632