The undergraduate program in Art Education leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree which may include public K-12 certification. Sixty credits in art supplement a strong liberal arts curriculum and education core. Competency in basic studio skills is emphasized through courses in design and studio fundamentals where theoretical and practical applications are made.
Provided with a background in art history from prehistoric to contemporary, students relate their understanding of artistic styles and principles to all major visual arts. Social, economic and cultural influences are also interrelated with the visual arts.
Because the future teacher must also develop competencies in professional instruction, education courses and field observation begin in the foundation year and continue throughout the course of study. The study of developmental and educational psychology provides students with required understanding of the cognitive and affective development of the child. Students are provided the opportunity to teach model lessons, to prepare unit plans, to research materials and to evaluate their own abilities. Art Education students complete a pre-professional phase of observation of grades K-12 for 100 hours, prior to their experience in student teaching. For certification, each Art Education major is assigned as a student teacher for one semester (12 credits), usually in two placements representative of the content and levels of the certification involved.
Middle State Commission on Higher Education
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Pennsylvania Department of Education