Why Art Education?

The program, Art Education Concentration, which leads to the all-level teacher certification in art, provides an extensive professional education in art for students who plan to enter some phase of art teacher education and prepares students to adhere to the most rigorous standards of excellence in the teaching of art. Each art course is designed to promote the development of knowledge and skills required for effective visual communication of art students, professional artists, and art teachers through experiences in the four basic strands of perception. Studies in creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation provide broad, unifying structures for organizing and teaching the requirements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which students in art are expected to acquire.

Art Education Requirements
Students pursuing certification programs must complete a major in the discipline they wish to teach. The major requires the completion of at least 36 semester hours in the discipline. At least 15 semester hours in the teaching field must be in upper-level courses. Professional education courses will become the minor for teaching certification.

Art – All Level (grades EC-12)
The following courses (36 hours) are required:
ART 1302 – Drawing I
ART 1304 – Painting I
*ART 2301 – Visual Arts and Applied Methods and Skills
ART 2303 – Design I
ART 2306 – Ceramics I
ART 2307 – Printmaking I: Introduction
ART 2308 - Art History Survey I
ART 2309 - Art History Survey II
ART 2331 – Digital Photography
ART 3304 – Painting II

Select three hours from the following three courses:
     ART 3302 – Drawing II
     ART 3303 – Design II
     ART 3306 – Ceramics II
Plus six hours of upper level art electives

* Three hours are included in the general education core curriculum.

Professional Education – High School Teacher Certification
In addition to the general education core and preparation in the teaching field, all high school certification programs require a professional education sequence. The professional education sequence provides students with knowledge of the learner, the teaching-learning process, effective teaching strategies, classroom management strategies, and reading in the various content areas. It also provides a structured program of field experiences beginning with classroom observation and ending with student teaching. Students must have taken and passed the basic skills test upon completion of EDUC 3301 – Principles and Practices in Education and before taking further professional education courses.

The following courses constitute the professional education sequence:
EDIT 4332 – Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
*EDLI 4325 – Developing Reading, Study and Thinking Skills at the Secondary Level
EDUC 2301 – Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 3301 – Principles and Practices in Education
EDUC 3302 – Instructional Strategies and Practices
EDUC 3313 – Educating Students from Diverse Backgrounds
EDUC 4313 – Classroom Management
EDUC 4318 – Becoming a Teacher
EDUC 4328 – Curriculum and Assessment for the Secondary School
EDUC 4663 – Secondary Student Teaching

* EDLI 4325 is not required for the Art (EC-12) major.