Education degree gets new name

An education degree offered at the University of Houston-Victoria has a new name, thanks to a change in how Texas allows universities to offer education programs across the state.

The former Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies undergraduate degree offered by the UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development will now be known as the Bachelor of Science in Education. This includes degrees with Early Childhood – Grade 6 Core Subjects and Grades 4-8 Core Subjects concentrations.

Rachel Martinez

“The degree name change will better reflect what it really is – a degree in education,” said Rachel Martinez, interim dean of the school. “This new name will provide potential employers a more accurate interpretation of skills, abilities and knowledge of their future UHV employees.”

The state of Texas recently voted to allow Educator Preparation Programs across the state to offer the Bachelor of Science in Education title.

The faculty of UHV’s education school voted to make the change to the undergraduate degree because it is more descriptive of the preparation the program provides for students and graduates, Martinez said.

The degree name change will not change the classes on the degree plan, and students do not need to make any changes to their degree plan.

“This name change will reflect the degree plan better and paint a truer picture of what the degree is,” Martinez said.

For more information, contact the school at or 361-570-4252.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Amber Aldaco