Art (EC–12)

The Bachelor of Arts in Art (EC–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to inspire the imaginations and creativity of young people as an art teacher in today’s diverse classrooms. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in Central Texas schools.

You’ll achieve a solid foundation for teaching all aspects of art — from art history to techniques in drawing, painting, ceramics and other mediums. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 12 Art teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well-prepared to teach in elementary and secondary classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in Art (EC–12)


As a BA in Art major, you’ll explore teaching models for art and develop effective methods for motivating artistic expression in your students. You’ll learn to design art activities and lesson plans, present subject material and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.

Students select this degree with the goal of teaching art in elementary or secondary schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.

With a BA in Art, graduates may teach in early childhood through twelfth-grade classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Art majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in art complete core courses, which include Beginning Design, Drawing, Art History, Arts for Children, Painting and Education Techniques.

You will have 80 to 120 hours of teaching experiences in the field, which include one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings.

After completing your field experience hours, you will undertake a 13-week student teaching internship in a culturally diverse school in Central Texas.

Each spring, seniors create a unique body of work based on their individual interests and research, to be showcased in the Senior Exhibition. The Exhibition reflects not only the skills developed in studio art but also the knowledge gained from a liberal arts education. Student research is wide-ranging. From detailed etchings of sea specimens to functional clay pottery to large-scale figurative paintings, the resulting display is diverse in media, style and content.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Art (EC–12).


In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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