The completion of the Bachelor in Arts in Art Education certifies students for pre-K-12 licensure. The program graduates teachers who apply learner-centered pedagogy through the use of expressive, technical, and organizational skills with a basic understanding of the philosophical and social foundations underlying art in education. Our graduates understand child development and the creative needs of learners; use traditional and technological processes; incorporate art history and aesthetic concepts to studio practices; employ instructional strategies based on reflective practice; and create learning environments that help students build on prior knowledge and meet success.
The art teacher education program is designed to be a sequential and progressive curriculum that begins with an introduction to the field and builds toward the culminating experience, student teaching. Among the features of the program:
Required course work in studio and crafts offers art education students a breadth of exposure to art content. In the advanced stages of their programs, students are encouraged to use elective hours to develop depth in at least one studio or art education area.
Field and clinical experiences are an integral part of our teacher education program. Field-based activities progress from an introduction to life in schools and classrooms and culminate in total involvement. Field experiences for art education students are carefully planned and coordinated through course instructors and involve specific learning objectives that have been set to assure increasing proficiency in performing various teaching responsibilities under actual school conditions.