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

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 better;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Met the following Testing Requirements:
    • Have achieved the following test scores (none of which may be more than 5 years old):
      • Praxis Core: Math 150, Reading 156, Writing 162; or
      • ACT Scores (TWU Code 4224): Verbal 19 (Verbal is the average of the English, Reading, and Science sections); Math, 19, Composite 23; or
    • SAT Scores (TWU Code 6826): 
      • Prior to March 5, 2016: Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070
      • After March 5, 2016: Math 530, EBRW 480; or
    • TExES Pre-admission Content Test (PACT; option available 1/1/2020).
  • 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 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 or (940) 898-2829 with any questions.

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 125   
Major: 78 sch       Minor: 26 sch

ART.BFA           CIP Code: 50.0701.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
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
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

Department Core (33 sch)

Students who have not taken a Global Perspectives course, will either need to take one in this section, or will need to add 3 hours 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 1303Drawing Foundations3
ART 12032D Foundations3
ART 12133D Foundations3
ART 2223Digital Art Foundations3
Introductory Electives - Choose 9 sch9
Introduction to Ceramics
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Sculpture
Total SCHs33

 Advanced Studies (24 sch)

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

Education Minor (26 sch)

READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
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
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities3
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching6
Total SCHs26
First Year
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
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
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
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
ART Elective3
ART 3223Elementary Art Education 3
ART 3173Contemporary Issues in Art 3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life and Physical Science Core3
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
 SCHs 21
ART Elective3
ART 3053 or 3343 (GP)Global Perspectives in Art 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
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
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  125