Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (EC-12 Art Education Certification)

Website: https://twu.edu/visual-arts/undergraduate-programs/art-education/

Our comprehensive and balanced undergraduate art education degree program leads to the all-level (EC-12) certification. In addition to providing you with competencies in art education commensurate with the guidelines and standards of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Art Education Association, and the National Art Education Association; our program also will foster a broad knowledge of art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and studio art production; while teaching you to apply that knowledge in a classroom setting.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

Degree Skills

  1. Instruction: Teaching others how to do something.
  2. Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  3. Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  4. Communication and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. Students engage in multimodal communication and media strategies in coursework and prepare for how to effectively utilize and communicate with a variety of media sources.
  5. Developing Objectives and Strategies: Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. Students create lesson plans and curriculum structures, planning activities, and implementing teaching strategies to achieve learning objectives.
  6. Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people. Students are actively listening and observing opportunities to foster learning and make positive changes in the classroom.

Teacher Certification Skills

  1. Appropriately explain the impact of effective planning and communication (within the chosen area of concentration) to relevant internal and external stakeholders in an education or community setting.
  2. Identify, select, and implement entry-level instructional plans when serving as an instructor in the school setting.
  3. Successfully manage organizational and student behavior when teaching in the school setting.
  4. Efficiently and accurately assess student progress and use data to develop and modify instruction for K-12 students.
  5. Work effectively and collaboratively with students and families from diverse backgrounds.

Admissions

Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or higher;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Professional Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at copeadvising@twu.edu or 940-898-2829 with any questions.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 125   

Major: 33 SCH;  Minor: 26 SCH

Program Code: ART.BFA;  CIP Code: 50.0701.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

Department Core

Students who have not taken a Global Perspectives course, will either need to take one in this section or will need to add 3 SCH to the overall degree and take one in another department.
Art History Foundation (12 SCH)
ART 2423World Art History I3
ART 2433World Art History II3
ART 3053Global Perspectives in Art3
or ART 3343 Women in the Visual Arts
ART 3173Contemporary Issues in Art3
Studio Art Foundation (12 SCH)
ART 12032D Foundations3
ART 12133D Foundations3
ART 1303Drawing Foundations3
ART 2223Digital Art Foundations3
Introductory Electives - Choose 9 SCH9
Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to Ceramics
Total SCHs33

 Advanced Studies

ART 3013Principles of Art Education3
ART 3223Elementary Art Education3
ART 3233Secondary Art Education3
ART 4133Approaches to Art Education3
12 SCH of studio course electives at the 3000 and 4000 levels12
Total SCHs24

Professional Education Studies

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program is required. Students must apply for admission into the Educator Preparation Program prior to enrolling in EDUC 3003/EDUC 3482EDUC 4113/EDUC 4243, and EDUC 4946. Applications are available from the Office of Educator Preparation Services.

Pedagogical and Professional Responsibility
EDUC 2003Schools and Society3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching6
Related Studies in Education
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities3
Total SCHs26

Notes:

  1. EDUC 2003 may be taken at a community college. Check with the Office of Educator Preparation Services to make sure the course has the equivalent number.
  2. EDUC 4113 and EDUC 4243 must be taken during the same semester.

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
ART Introductory Elective3
ART 12032D Foundations ARTS 13113
ART 1303Drawing Foundations ARTS 13163
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Wellness CAO Core2
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART 12133D Foundations ARTS 13123
ART 2223Digital Art Foundations ARTS 23483
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Mathematics Core3
Social/Behavioral Core3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
ART Introductory Electives6
ART 2423World Art History I ART 13033
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART Elective3
ART 2433World Art History II ART 13043
ART 3013Principles of Art Education 3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
ART Elective3
ART 3223Elementary Art Education 3
ART 3173Contemporary Issues in Art 3
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life and Physical Science Core3
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
 SCHs 21
SpringTCCN
ART Elective3
ART 3053
or 3343
Global Perspectives in Art
or Women in the Visual Arts
3
ART 3233Secondary Art Education 3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
Creative Arts Core3
Life and Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 20
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
ART Elective3
ART 4133Approaches to Art Education 3
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
Component Area Option (Multicultural Women's Study)3
Language, Philosophy, and Cultural Core3
 SCHs 18
SpringTCCN
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  125