Student Teaching

Photo of student teaching at UT elementary

As a prospective teacher, you will prepare for today’s classrooms.

“My student teaching experience, required as a part of the teaching certification in the Visual Art program, has taken me on both extremes of the spectrum. Although I am the one lecturing in front of the classroom, it is the students that I feel have done the most teaching. Those kids have decorated my experience and sealed the envelope to my undergraduate career at UT.” Natalie Gomez, B.F.A. Visual Art Studies 2016

Student teaching is an integral part of UTeach Fine Arts. It provides a culminating experience sufficiently rich and deep in the expectations, processes and rewards of teaching. Explore many opportunities to refine your skills. It can be the most challenging, rewarding and inspiring undertaking in your professional development as a teacher.

You will explore the profession with a variety of intensive field experiences in classroom and community settings to gain experience in theory and practice before student teaching. Students spend between 80 and 180 hours in a variety of field experiences. Implement the ideas and practices from your field experiences to discover the best teaching situation for you.

If you are interested in certification contact the Advising Office in the corresponding departments for details and  applying for admission to the Professional Development Sequence, supervised by the Field Experiences Office in the College of Education, in preparation for student teaching within your program. The program emphasizes a comprehensive approach that supports state and national student learning standards and teaching performance standards in the fine arts. Creative and critical thinking are stressed.

Student teaching takes place in K-12 arts classrooms during the final semester of coursework. UTeach partners with many Texas school districts in order to place our student teachers with exemplary mentors statewide. Learn more about a gathering where University Field Supervisors, Cooperating Teachers met with  incoming student teachers.

The College created the Fine Arts Student Teaching Travel Grants (FASTT) with the support of generous donors to enable students to complete their requirements in diverse settings. Ask your advisor for qualifications and application information.

Steps to Teacher Certification

In order to teach students in a public school in the state of Texas, educators must receive teacher certification. There are a number of resources to provide you with information about the requirements and process to teacher certification.

Steps to Initial Teacher Certification

 Certification FAQs

Certification Checklist

After Student Teaching, you can review your progress with this checklist to make sure you have completed all the steps to Initial Certification.

In the College of Fine Arts, we are committed to supporting  your passion, capabilities and dedication to be a Fine Arts educator.