BFA in Studio Art with All-Level Certification
Students seeking State of Texas certification to teach art in public schools pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with All-Level Teacher Certification, a Bachelor’s Degree incorporating the Core Curriculum, a prescribed body of art courses, and the “Professional Sequence,” classes offered through the College of Education and Human Services. The Professional Sequence culminates in a student-teaching internship, or what A&M-Commerce calls the Field-Based Internship in Teaching Program, normally occurring during the student’s final semester. In other words, neither the Department of Art nor the College of Education and Human Services offers courses in the specific pedagogy of art as a component of the All-Level Degree. To fulfill requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree students must successfully complete courses in the three areas specified above and also pass an examination of competency and proficiency in art and pedagogy known as TExES, the State-mandated certifying exam for public school teaching.
BFA in Studio Art
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art with All-level Teacher Certification is a one hundred-twenty-five to one hundred-thirty-seven (125-137) credit hour limited access program that provides an intensive background in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. BFA students will develop a personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, and harness the ability to make sound artistic decisions. The BFA in Studio Art is a proficiency-based program, characterized by continuous assessment. Graduating BFA seniors exhibit their work at the Texas A&M University-Commerce University Gallery in their last semester.
To receive a degree in BFA Studio Art with All-level Teacher Certification, students must successfully complete a minimum of one hundred-twenty-five (125) credit hours and meet all certification criteria listed below. Students must also remain in the program for a minimum of three long semesters. Students must apply for admission into the “Practicum” course, culminating in an advancement review and graduation exhibition. The Practicum course is offered each spring with reviews scheduled each fall.
A specific description of the Teacher Education Program from the Texas A&M University Commerce Catalog is reprinted below:
BFA Studio Art with All-Level Certification
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate professional development courses for students seeking All Level certification (Early Childhood through 12th grades). Students major in a content-based teaching field pedagogy and educational professional development course work through the Curriculum and Instruction Department. The student should obtain advising from both the advisor in his or her major department and from a Curriculum and Instruction faculty mentor. Students with bachelor’s degrees who want to teach should consult the Graduate Catalog for requirements leading to certification.
Degree and Certification
Students seeking a bachelor’s degree along with All-Level teacher certification must complete all university requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree or Bachelor of Arts degree for the area of your major listed in the bachelor’s degree requirements section of this catalog, and any additional requirements established by the university. These requirements include but are not limited to successfully completing: (1) Core Curriculum Requirements (refer to that section of the university catalog ); (2) requirements for admission to professional development coursework; (3) 30 hours of observation experience in public schools; (4) the required reading score in one of the following tests: THEA 250, ACT – English 23 and Composite 23, or SAT Verbal 550 and 1070 Combined/ Total; (5) major coursework with a “C” or better; (6) overall GPA of 2.75; (7) all professional development coursework with a “C” or better; (8) all requirements for admission and retention into the teacher certification program; (9) and successful interview and placement with a partnership school district. Please refer to Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services section of the university catalog for more information. The university reserves the right to change the curriculum or requirements for degrees or certificates to comply with state laws/regulations. The student assumes full responsibility for meeting all university requirements and for keeping current with all curriculum and policy changes that might affect graduation and/or certification.
Field-Based Teacher Education Program
Students pursuing certification for teaching in the secondary schools are required to participate in various field experiences. The students observe in the schools for thirty clock hours. During the Residency Semester, candidates spend every day in the schools observing, studying, and teaching under the supervision of the university faculty and a public-school mentor teacher(s). In addition to coursework, and internship/residency, to be certified, students must successfully complete at least two state administered examinations; one in the content area and one in the area of pedagogy and professional responsibilities. These tests are known as the TExES examinations (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards).
All-Level Field-Based Teacher Education Program
Students should check with their content-area department advisor to gain approval to take the TExES content exam for their teaching field.
Students will receive approval to take the TExES Secondary Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility Test from the Department of C&I.
All-Level Certification Professional Development Course Requirements
Before participating in the Residency semester, the candidate must have completed the necessary preparatory courses. The required courses may vary slightly depending on major, so consult with an advisor in your major department for confirmation. Most students seeking All-Level Certification will complete the following courses:
SED 300. Teaching Profession. 3 Hours. The Teaching Profession This course provides prospective teachers with a beginning foundation for understanding learners, enhancing student achievement, and understanding the teaching environment. The course will emphasize the structure, organization, management, and governance of the American school system and current issues related to the semiprofessional legal, ethical, and multicultural foundations of teaching also will be discussed. Prerequisites: minimum overall GPA of 2.75; must have passed TSI and THEA 250; Reading score or ACT 23 Composite and 23 English or SAT 1070 Combined and 550 Critical Reading or Verbal. Note: Thirty clock hours of professional field experiences are required.
Note: transfer students will begin having to meet the 2.75 GPA requirement beginning fall 2016.
PSY 300. Learning Processes and Development. 3 Hours.
A course designed to provide the student with information about the application of psychological theory to the learning processes and development of children and adolescents. Principles and procedures of measurement and evaluation are also included. The primary objective is to facilitate a clear understanding of the complex, dynamic processes of learning and development. This course is required as part of the teacher preparation program.
RDG 380. Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools. 3 Hours.
The preservice teacher will explore the science of teaching reading and the integration of best practices for supporting reading and writing instruction in content areas. Students will examine strategies for various disciplines and middle/secondary levels. Attention will be given to how teachers support students in reading textbooks and other learning materials. The course will include phonics, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, fluency, writing processes, and assessments. Prerequisites: Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 must have passed TSI and THEA 250 Reading score or ACT 23 Composite and 23 English or SAT 1070 Combined and 550 Critical Reading or Verbal.
ETEC 424 – Integrating Tech into Curriculum. 3 Hours.
Integrating Technology into the Middle/Secondary Curriculum. This course will examine specific methods for integrating technology (hardware and software) into subject area curricula. Individualization will allow each student to select and develop materials in his or her disciplines.
SED 400. Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments. 3 Hours.
An experiential component in which future public school teachers design and implement culturally diverse curriculum and model the use of a variety of classroom management strategies. The resident teachers will use cutting edge technologies for both creating curriculum to maximize student engagement. Special attention will center on the synergistic nature of effective management and immersive curriculum. Prospective teachers will achieve knowledge and skill by observing and teaching as an intern in secondary public school teachers in classroom situations. Prerequisites: SED 300 & PSY 300.
SED 401: Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments. 3 Hours. An experiential component in which future public school teachers design and implement curriculum and model the use of a variety of classroom assessment techniques. The resident teachers will use cutting edge technologies for both creating and assessing lessons. Special attention will center on the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and testing. Prospective teachers will achieve knowledge and skill by observing and assisting middle/ secondary public school teachers in classroom situations.
SED 404. Secondary Teaching Practicum. 3 Hours.
Supervised resident teaching experiences in the secondary school classroom. Regular seminar sessions will focus on the situations, questions, and concerns that arise directly from the resident teachers’ experiences in secondary public school classrooms. Prerequisites: SED 300 and PSY 300.
SED 405. Secondary Residency in Teaching. 3 Hour.
Resident teachers perform all aspects of student teaching in a public school setting. Working closely with a public-school mentor teacher and under the supervision of a university liaison, the resident teachers learn the process and concepts of teaching in the real-world setting.
ELED 452. Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education. 3 Hours.
Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education Programs. Three semester hours. This is a course requiring observation, participation, and directed teaching for residents enrolled in the Center for Professional Development and Technology (CPDT). Prerequisite: Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Residency. Prerequisites: “Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Residency”.
Curricular Table – Baccalaureate Degrees in Art Education
Program Title: BFA Studio Art with All-Level Art Certification
Number of Years to Complete the Program: 4
Program Submitted for: Texas A&M University-Commerce
Program Submitted for: Plan Approval
Current Semester’s Enrollment in Majors: 20
Name of Program Supervisor(s): William Wadley/Marilyn Thompson
Art and Design
Total Number of Units
(Art 1303 & Art 1304 fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements in Visual and Performing Arts.)
Art and Design (Studio, Art/Design History, etc.)
Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements (University catalog p. 41) 42
Art 110 Drawing I 3
Art 111 Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory 3
Art 112 Drawing II 3
Art 140 Three-Dimensional Design and Color Theory 3
Art 141 Intro to Shop Safety 1
Art 213 Figure Drawing 3
Pho 111 Introduction to Digital Media 3
Pho 112 Basic Photography I 3
Art 1303 GLB/History of Art I* 3
Art 1304 GLB/History of Art II* 3
Art 404 GLB/History of Contemporary Art 3
Art 405 History of Modern Art 3
Art 380 Experimental Concepts 3
Sophomore Studio Courses 12
12 studio hours from:
Art 227 Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Painting
Art 240 Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Sculpture
Art 250 Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Ceramics
PHO 209 Introduction to Video
Art 211 Introduction to Visual Communication
3 studio hours from: 3
Art 321 Watercolor I
Art 326 Painting II: Introduction to Basic Concepts in Painting
Art 330 Printmaking
Art 420 Painting III-Intermediate Concepts in Painting
Art 422 Painting IV: Advanced Concepts in Painting
3 studio hours from: 3
Art 340 Sculpture I A
Art 341 Sculpture I B
Art 440 Sculpture II A
3 studio hours from: 3
Art 350 Ceramics I
Art 450 Ceramics II
Art 451 Ceramics III
16 additional semester hours in advanced Art, Art History, or
Photography courses 16
Required Support Courses
One semester Field-Based Teacher Education Program:
ETEC 424 Integrating Tech into Curriculum 3
PSY 300 Learning Processes and Development 3
RDG 380 Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools 3
SED 300 Teaching Profession 3
SED 400 Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments 3
SED 401 Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments 3
SED 404 Secondary Teaching Practicum 3
SED 405 Secondary Residency in Teaching 3
ELED 452 Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education 3
Total Hours 137
No courses in art education.
* Also counts for Core Curriculum Requirements Visual and Performing Arts requirements