TCC to NSU Tahlequah: Art Education

TCC Associate in Arts to NSU Tahlequah Bachelor of Arts in Education – Art Education

Contact Transfer Student Services to make your transition to NSU as smooth and seamless as possible.

Tulsa Community College to NSU, Smart Choice

Major FAQs

NSU Art Education, BA Ed.: This program provides students with a broad educational base in the visual arts and qualifies them to teach art at the elementary and secondary level.  Students in the Art Education program will receive specialized instruction in drawing, painting, design, printmaking, art history, sculpture and ceramics and learn skills in objective self-criticism and evaluation of art work.  They will also have the opportunity to publicly display their art in a capstone exhibit.

Major guidelines / regulations: Majors completing NSU’s educator preparation program meet state certification and licensure requirements as they progress through program.  These include:

  • Foreign Language Competency: All teacher candidates must demonstrate proficiency at the high novice level in a language other than English. Your advisor can recommend a class to satisfy this state requirement
  • PSY 1113: All candidates are required to take PSY 1113.
  • Portfolio: All students pursuing teacher certification are required to develop a portfolio which documents their accomplishments, learning, and strengths related to the competencies, standards, and outcomes established by the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
  • Certification Testing:  At intervals within the program, teacher candidates complete portions of the certification test.  For admission to teacher education, students must pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET).  Teacher candidates must also pass an Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT: Art) before their full internship.  Successful completion of the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE) is encouraged, but is not required for continued participation in our Teacher Education Program.
  • GPA / Course Grades: Education majors must complete all art and education courses with a C or better. In addition, students must maintain a 2.75 overall GPA and a 2.75 in all art courses and in all education courses.

What it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree from NSU.  If you don’t complete your AA at TCC, you will need to meet NSU’s specific general education requirements.  You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a bachelor’s degree.  Of those hours, 60 must be from a university (4 year school), 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level, and half of the hours in your major must be from NSU.  You must also be both English and computer proficient.  This means that you must pass English Composition I & II with a “C” or better and demonstrate computer proficiency (high school or college course work / test).  Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete around 64 more hours in order to earn your bachelor’s degree.

General FAQs

Transferring to NSU is a seamless process.  Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an AA or AS from TCC.  This milestone will also meet your general education requirements at NSU (unless it is a specific NSU requirement for you to graduate).

How do my Tulsa Community Colleges classes transfer to NSU?  Every class you take at TCC will transfer to NSU.  Each class counts in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor’s degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective.  Minors (18 hours) are a coherent set of courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary grouping other than a student's degree program.  Education programs do NOT require minors.  Free electives can be selected from any academic area.  They allow you to explore academic interests outside of your major while counting toward the 124 hours you need to graduate.  If you completed a class at TCC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count as a free elective, up to the first 64 hours.  If you complete more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only the first 64 hours will apply to your degree.  You must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree.

When can you start taking NSU classes?  You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your AA or AS at TCC.  This is called dual enrollment; many students do this each semester.  Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you.

NOTE:  For admission to College of Education, students must have completed (45) credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Students failing to meet these admission requirements will be limited in the education classes they may take until all requirements are completed. Students in all education programs must read and sign the College of Education Statement of Understanding. This will be accomplished with advisement from your NSU advisor. 

Freshman Year at TCC

Fall Semester

  • ENGL 1113 Composition I
  • HIST 1483 or 1493 U.S. History
  • POLS 1113 American Federal Government
  • ART 1013 Fundamentals of Art
  • CSCI 1203 Computer Concepts and Applications

Total: 15 hours

Spring Semester

  • ENGL 1213 Composition II 
  • ART 1053 Art History Survey I
  • ART 2083 Fundamentals of Art II
  • ART 1123 Drawing I
  • Science w/ Lab (4-5 hours)

Total: 16-17

Sophomore Year at TCC

Fall Semester

  • COMM 1113 Public Speaking
  • ART 1133 Drawing II
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • MATH 1473 Math. for Critical Thinking or MATH 1513 College Algebra
  • Non Lab Science (3 hours)

Total: 15 hours

Spring Semester

  • PSY 1113 Introduction to Psychology
  • ART 1063 Art History Survey II
  • ART 2063 Watercolor
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Language other than English (3 hours)

Total: 15 hours

Junior Year at NSU

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 3313 Clinical Teaching/Pre-Internship I
  • EDUC 3113 Educational Psychology
  • SPED 4433 Intro to Edu of Children w. Exceptionalities
  • ART 3123 Figure Drawing I
  • ART 4453 Contemporary Art History

Total: 15 hours

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 4823 Emerging Technologies
  • ART 1253 Color I
  • ART 3423 Ceramics I
  • ART 3563 Printmaking
  • ART 3542 Elementary Art Education
  • Electives 3/4000 (4 hours)

Total: 18 hours

Senior Year at NSU

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 4032 PRE II Internship
  • EDUC 4353 Secondary Teaching Methods and Practices
  • ART 2103 Crafts
  • ART 3323 Painting
  • ART 4233 Secondary Art Education
  • Electives 3/4000 (4 hours)

Total: 18 hours

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 4054 Elementary Intern Teaching (Full Internship)
  • EDUC 4056 Secondary Intern Teaching (Full Internship)
  • EDUC 4252 Seminar
  • EDUC 4172 Assessment and Evaluation
  • ART 4801 Capstone

Total: 13 hours

Additional Graduation Requirements at NSU

  • Students must complete 40 hours of 3000/4000 level course work
  • At least one-half (50%) of the hours required in the major must be from NSU
  • Students must earn 60 hours from a 4-year institution; 30 hours required from NSU
  • Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.0.

Total Hours

Total hours transferred from Tulsa Community College: 61-62

Total hours needed from a 4 year university to complete Bachelor of Arts - Art Education: 60 (124 total hours)


For further information, contact Dr. Robyn Pursley, Department Chair, 918-444-2793,