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2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, Teacher Certification Licensure for Grades K-12, B.S.

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Departmental Requirements:

  • 60 Semester hours in Studio Concentrations for Bachelor of Science Degree
  • 57 Semester hours in Art Education

The Department of Art offers a major in Art leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science with concentrations in Studio Art and Art Education.

  • 120 semester hours are required for the Bachelor of Science in Studio
  • 120 semester hours are required for Art Education
  • 18 semester hours of approved courses in Art for the minor.

Students who wish the Bachelor of Science Degree with licensure (teacher certification) to teach Art in grades K-12 must seek formal admission to the program through the College of Education, during the sophomore year. They must have a 2.75 cumulative quality point average at time of application for admission and must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or the Computer-Based Academic Skills Assessments Test (CBT). Students who have previously earned a 21 on the ACT, 22 on the Enhanced ACT or a combined 990 on the verbal and mathematics portions of the SAT are exempt from the PPST or the CBT. For a full statement of admission and retention requirements see the Teacher Education Program under the College of Education section. Students are required to student teach at both elementary and secondary schools to fulfill the certification requirements. Satisfactory completion of the program results in licensure for teaching grades K-12 in Tennessee public schools.

The Tennessee Board of Regents Teacher Education Redesign Initiative, Ready2Teach, will officially begin in the fall semester of 2013. Ready2Teach requires residency in K-12 schools during the senior or final year (fall and spring) of undergraduate teacher licensure programs. The residency year includes Residency I during the fall semester and Residency 2 during the spring semester. Residency 1 will include methods courses and 90+ hours field study in K-12 schools. Residency 2 requires a full semester (16 weeks) of student teaching. Residency 1 will only be offered in the fall while Residency 2 will only occur in the spring. This initiative applies to all undergraduate teacher education candidates pursuing teacher licensure. All programs of study will be changed to reflect the new program beginning in the fall semester of 2013. Students are required to seek advisement regarding their licensure programs as early as possible during their academic career at Tennessee State University to ensure that all prerequisite courses and Praxis exams are complete in preparation for Residency.

General Education Core:

Humanities and/or Fine Arts: (9 hours)

Social and Behavioral Science: (6 hours)

Total General Education Hours with Orientation: 42

Upper-division Admission

For admission into the upper-division program of Art, students must complete all of the General Education Core and Major Art Core Requirements. They must have also removed all high school deficiencies; passed all remedial/developmental courses, and earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on college-level course work and completed the Sophomore Portfolio Review. Art majors must earn at least a “C” in courses used to satisfy department requirements. Any classes with grade below a C will have to be repeated.

Major Core:

Art majors must earn at least a C in the following courses, as well as in the other courses used to satisfy Departmental requirements. If majors earn less than a C, they must repeat the course until they raise the grade to at least a C.


Additional Art courses are required, depending on the degree program one pursues. For these courses, see the following four-year plans. Students may count no more than 9 hours of Individual Problems courses (ART 4000 )

Suggested Four-Year Plan - Total 120

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


*These courses should be in the student’s declared studio concentration.

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