Creative Arts Program

BA - Creative Arts, Preparation for Teaching

Advisor: Shannon Rose Riley, M.F.A., Ph.D.

This major is designed for students interested in teaching in elementary or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Creative Arts Preparation for Teaching. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing in the state of California (CCTC) no longer recognizes Teacher Prep degrees as verification of subject matter competence. In order to verify subject matter competence for Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-8) individuals must pass all portions of the appropriate Commission-approved subject matter examination(CSET for Multiple Subjects).

Maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.87 and completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements14
Core Lower Division General Education9
Of the 39 units required by the university, 30 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
See courses in Requirements of Major, or consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major93-96
Reading, Language and Literature18
ENGL 001A. First Year WritingA23
ENGL 002. Critical Thinking and WritingA33
or equivalent. ENGL 1B accepted for Transfers.
ENGL 112A. Children's Literature3
Complete one sequence from:
Linguistics Sequence
EDEL 108E. Teaching Reading in Linguistically and Culturally diverse classrooms3
LING 108. Introduction to Second Language Development, Teaching, and Assessment3
Development Sequence
CHAD 151. Developing Literacy in a Diverse Society3
CHAD 150. Development of Communicative Competence3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 103. Modern English3
LING 107. Patterns of English3
History and Social Science15
GEOG 137. California in Historical and Social Scientific Perspectives3
GEOG 138. United States in Historical and Social Science PerspectivesS3
GEOG 139. The World in Historical and Social Science PerspectivesV3
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American History Sequence
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
US History Sequence
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Mexican American History Sequence
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
MATH 012. Number SystemsB43
MATH 105. Concepts in Mathematics, Probability and Statistics3
MATH 106. Intuitive Geometry3
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
Complete one course from:
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
PHYS 001. Elementary PhysicsB13
Visual and Performing Arts9
CA 177. Interdisciplinary Arts for Teaching3
Complete six units from
ART 039. Multicultural Arts for Children3
ART 138. Studio Art Experiences for Young People3
DANC 148. Children's Dance3
MUSC 010B. Introduction to MusicC13
MUSC 185A. Music for Children3
TA 167. Theatre in Education3
Physical Education and Health3-6
Complete one sequence from:
KIN 177. Movement Experiences for Children3
EDTE 190. Health Education for the Classroom Teacher3
or the following course
CHAD 149. Child Health and Physical Activity3
Human Development3
Complete one course from:
CHAD 060. Child DevelopmentE3
CHAD 070. Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyE3
Creative Arts Core12
Performing or Arts Activity Courses6
Complete two Performing or Activity courses from:
TA 048. Voice & Movement for the ActorE3
TA 017. Intermediate Acting3
TA 005. ActingC13
DANC 042A. Topics in Jazz Dance I2
ART 046. Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 024. Drawing I3
ART 013. Three-Dimensional Design Concepts3
ART 012. Two-Dimensional Design and Color Concepts3
Course in music vocal or instrumental performance
Upper Division6
Complete two Upper division courses in arts for children from:
ART 138. Studio Art Experiences for Young People3
DANC 148. Children's Dance3
MUSC 185A. Music for Children3
TA 167. Theatre in Education3
Do not select a course used to meet the Visual and Performing Arts requirement (above) or more than one course from one arts area.
Depth of Study9
Complete nine units from:
CA 150. Field Experience in the Arts3
CA 175. Seminar in Creative Process3
CA 176. Creativity and Creative Leadership3
CA 178. Senior Seminar in Creative Arts3
Advanced Writing3
CA 100W. Written Communication IIZ3
University Electives7-13

Total Units:120