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.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating the Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. CORE COURSES (43 CREDIT HOURS):
• First Year Seminar in Visual Studies
• Visual Studies I
• Foundation Art and Design
• Drawing I
• Clay I
• Art History I
• Art History II
• Arts for Children
• Drawing II
• Painting I
• Modern Art History
• Portfolio Review
• Senior Portfolio Seminar
• Senior Exhibition
• Upper division electives (6 hours)
• Printmaking: Intaglio or Printmaking: Relief
V. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Introduction to Special Education
• Adolescent Psychology or Child Development
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
VI. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom
VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
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.