The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Art (Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts in Art EC-12 trains students to become certified art teachers. Our artist/teacher training program includes relevant studio techniques, artist processes, art curriculum design, and classroom strategies. The EC-12 program produces practicing artists who are trained to teach in a variety of settings including K-12, community arts, galleries, and museums. Upon the completion of this degree, students are certified to teach art in K-12 public schools in the state of Texas.

Core Curriculum Requirements – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

050 Creative Arts - 3 hours

Choose one:
ARTS 1303Art History I, Prehistoric to the 14th-Century

3

ARTS 1304Art History II, 14th-Century to the Present

3

Major Requirements - 54 Hours

Required Courses - 21 hours

Art Core

Choose one:

ARTS 1303Art History I, Prehistoric to the 14th-Century

3

ARTS 1304Art History II, 14th-Century to the Present

3

Required:

ARTS 1311Design I

3

ARTS 1312Design II

3

ARTS 1316Drawing I

3

ARTS 3381Art Education: Theory and Background

3

ARTS 3382Art Education: Issues and Practice

3

ARTS 4301Senior Experience in Art

3

ARTS 1303 and ARTS 1304 must both be completed. One will be applied to the core curriculum, the other to the major requirements.  

Prescribed Electives - 33 hours

Studio Art Electives I - 9 hours

Choose from:
ARTS 2316Painting I

3

ARTS 2326Sculpture I

3

ARTS 2333Printmaking I

3

ARTS 2341Beginning Jewelry/Metalworking

3

ARTS 2346Ceramics I

3

ARTS 2356Photography I

3

Studio Art Electives II - 6 hours

Choose from:
ARTS 1317Drawing II

3

ARTS 2327Sculpture II

3

ARTS 2347Ceramics II

3

ARTS 2348Digital Media

3

ARTS 2357Photography II

3

Advanced Studio Electives - 15 hours

Choose from:
ARTS 3303Intermediate Jewelry/Metalworking

3

ARTS 3311Intermediate Drawing

3

ARTS 3321Intermediate Painting

3

ARTS 3334Photography as an Art Form

3

ARTS 3341Intermediate Sculpture

3

ARTS 3361Intermediate Printmaking

3

ARTS 3371Intermediate Ceramics

3

ARTS 4303Advanced Jewelry/Metalworking

3

ARTS 4311Advanced Drawing

3

ARTS 4321Advanced Painting

3

ARTS 4331Advanced Computer Imaging

3

ARTS 4341Advanced Sculpture

3

ARTS 4361Advanced Printmaking

3

ARTS 4371Advanced Ceramics

3

ARTS 4391Individual Problems/Internship/Co-op

3

ARTS 4392Individual Problems

3

ARTS 43943-D Experimental Art

3

See the UTRGV course catalog for courses that are repeatable for additional credit.

Advanced Art History Electives - 3 hours

Choose from:
ARTS 3350Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican Art and Architecture

3

ARTS 3351Andean Pre-Hispanic Art and Architecture

3

ARTS 3352Art and Architecture of Asia, Africa and Oceania

3

ARTS 3353Italian Renaissance Art, 1415-1595

3

ARTS 3354History of Graphic Design

3

ARTS 3355History of Spanish Architecture, 711-1780AD

3

ARTS 3356Mexican Viceregal Art and Architecture

3

ARTS 3357South American Viceregal Art and Architecture

3

ARTS 3359History of Women in Art

3

ARTS 4350Modern Art History

3

ARTS 4351American Art

3

ARTS 4352Latin American Art and Architecture

3

ARTS 4353History of Photography

3

ARTS 4354Modern Mexican Art, 1785-1940

3

ARTS 4355Modern Mexican Art since 1940

3

ARTS 4356Modern Art of South America and the Caribbean

3

ARTS 4357Latin@ Art History

3

ARTS 4358Research Methods in Latin American Art and Architectural History

3

ARTS 4359Seminar on Topics in Art History

3


 

Teacher Certification – 27 Hours

Area of Certification: Art (EC-12)

EDFR 2301Intercultural Context of Schooling

3

EDUC 3301The Teaching Profession and Student Learning in Contemporary Schools

3

EDUC 3302Knowledge of Student Development and Learning

3

EDUC 3304Instructional Planning and Assessment in Culturally Sustaining Classrooms

3

EDUC 3306Evidence-Based Teaching in Positive Learning Environments

3

ARTS 3383Art Education: Classroom Strategies

3

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

EDUC 4611Student Teaching Secondary or All-Level

6

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 123

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Teacher Education Requirements:

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

Art Requirements 

A grade of ‘C’ or better will be the prerequisite grade for continuing studio art courses in the sequence of the particular artistic medium in question.  

Teacher Education Requirements:

Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Art Requirement:

Grade of ‘C’ or better in ARTS 4301.