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


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.


Teacher Certification

Application Deadlines

There are three application periods per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students must have their applications in by the deadline the semester before they intend to take ECE 3223 (EC-3 only), EDUC 3003, EDUC 3482, or READ 4223 (EC-3 only).  (see schedule below).

Spring Application Deadlines*  (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Summer)
  • May 1 - Deadline to apply for Summer admission
  • May 31 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement
Summer Application Deadlines  (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Fall)
  • July 1 - Deadline to apply for Fall admission
  • July 31 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement
Fall Application Deadlines*  (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Spring)
  • December 1 - Deadline to apply for Spring admission
  • December 21 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement


Please adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • We recommend preparing your application well in advance of the deadline. That way you will be able to identify and resolve any potential issues before the deadline date. 
  • If you intend to register early for ECE 3223 (EC-3 only), EDUC 3003, EDUC 3482, or READ 4223 (EC-3 only) for the Summer or Fall semesters and have met all admission requirements, it is recommended that you apply to the EPP by December 1.
  • If you apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Program while enrolled in EDUC 2003 or are taking coursework to increase your GPA to a 2.75, the Office of Educator Preparation Services will process your application. If the GPA requirement, along with all other admission requirements are met at the end of the semester, an admission decision will be made at that time.
  • No late applications will be accepted. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or a day that TWU is closed, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the next day that TWU is open after the deadline day.


In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking ECE 3223 (EC-3 only), EDUC 3003EDUC 3482, EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, READ 4223 (EC-3 only), 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);
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;

  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;

  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or higher;

  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program in Tk20;
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;

  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee;

  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Professional Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;

  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel; 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.

All admission decisions are based on the successful completion of the above requirements. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor other than a minor traffic violation may affect certification. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Texas Education Agency. Any previous or current issues of academic dishonesty, disruptive behavior, or professional dispositions infractions at TWU, another university, or another Educator Preparation Program may result in denial of admission. Any decision may be appealed by contacting the Office of Educator Preparation Services at 940-898-2829.

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

Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Requirements

  • Candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator. [19 TAC §227.1(b)(1)]
  • Candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching. [19 TAC §227.1(b)(2)]
  • The potential ineligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense for issuance of a certificate. [19 TAC §227.1(d)(1)]
  • The right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation from TEA. [19 TAC §227.1(d)(3)]

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 125   

Major: 33 SCH;  Minor: 26 SCH

Program Code: ART.BFA.EDUC;  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
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 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. Information is 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


  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
ART Introductory Elective3
ART 12032D Foundations ARTS 13113
ART 1303Drawing Foundations ARTS 13163
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: First-Year Seminar 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
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life and Physical Science Core3
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
 SCHs 21
ART Elective3
ART 3053
or 3343
Global Perspectives in Art
or Women in the Visual Arts
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