School of Art
Art Education, Bachelor of Science in Education
This plan prepares you for a secondary education certificate, with a K-12 endorsement in Art.
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Art Education?
Do you have a flair for the creative and the desire to teach others to unleash their inner artists? No job is more challenging, rewarding, or important than teaching small children. As an art educator, you'll help shape the character and future of every child in your classroom.
This program prepares you to teach art education in K-12 programs. You'll learn the theory and practice of art criticism, history, aesthetics, and studio. You'll also graduate with a degree in education, with skills in elementary and secondary student development and learning, classroom management, and an expertise in teaching children about creating art.
Note: If you want to major in Art Education, you must apply and be accepted to the Professional Teacher Education Program in addition to being admitted to the university.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Multicultural education
- Early childhood education
- Special education
- Art education
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- School psychologist
- Art therapist
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To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 88 units of major requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- For this major the liberal studies prefixes include ARE and ART
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
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As an art education major, you will understand the requirements for teaching art in public and private schools and explore avenues for your own personal artistic growth. At NAU, students achieve a balance between being an expert in their subject and being a great teacher. Courses in studio art will allow you to explore a variety of areas in the studio arts, including drawing, ceramics, painting, print making, sculpture, and new media. Art education classes will prepare students to teach in PK-12 by learning about content pedagogy, student development, diverse learners, instructional strategies, classroom management, research, communication and technology.
The faculty of the School of Art are innovative artists, designers, scholars and educators who engage students in and out of the classroom. Our students are encouraged to participate in independent research projects with faculty, study abroad programs, internships, and student clubs and learning communities. Participation in these experiences provide our students with a depth of knowledge that benefit their own students later.
Student Learning Outcomes
Degree Program Student Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education: Art (BS Ed Art) encompass knowledge, skills, and dispositions that upon graduation lead to highly qualified art-teacher status. Students are expected to exhibit strong evidence of achieving a level of proficiency necessary for graduation, certification in secondary education, endorsement in K-12 art, and participate effectively in a competitive art-teaching market.
Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the National Association of Schools of Art & Design Accreditation, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
- Content Pedagogy: Graduates will become attentive facilitators of meaningful art learning experiences through the application of the central concepts of art teaching, tools of art inquiry, structures and functions of the discipline of art, and ideas of global engagement, environmental sustainability, and diversity.
- Student Development: Graduates will become conscientious supporters of children’s intellectual, social, ethical, and personal growth and potential through rigorous art-learning opportunities that are age and ability appropriate.
- Diverse Learners: Graduates will become effective curriculum designers who know how to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the interconnectedness and interdependence of the human experience on a global scale and deliver differentiated instructional opportunities in art that are adapted to the learning needs of diverse student populations.
- Multiple Instructional Strategies: Graduates will become responsive art educators who select and use varied approaches to art teaching to engage students through challenging problem solving activities that contribute to development of critical thinking skills.
- Motivation and Classroom Management: Graduates will become caring motivators who encourage social interaction, active engagement, and purposeful art learning in a well-organized and managed classroom.
- Communication and Technology (Information Fluency): Graduates will become focused art classroom catalysts who recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information to successfully foster information fluency in the children they teach.
- Planning: Graduates will become diligent researchers who develop challenging art instruction based upon reliable data that informs knowledge about the diverse learning community and other important stakeholders.
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
To be eligible for admission to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:
30 units of coursework which includes:
- EDF 200 with a grade of "C" or better
- MAT 110 or MAT 114 with a grade of "C" or better
- The English foundations requirement (ENG 105 or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all content major coursework (must have taken at least 3 units) and a cumulative 2.5 GPA.
- You must be declared in this major.
- Completion of teacher-education orientation for Secondary Education
- Submission of a copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279)
To be prepared to teach art in kindergarten through 12th grade, take the following 88 units with grades of "C" or better and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all ARE, ARH and ART coursework:
- ART 135, ART 136, ART 150, ART 151 (12 units)
- ARH 141, ARH 142 (6 units)
- ARH electives (6 units)
- ARE 200, ARE 308, ARE 330W, ARE 331, ARE 421, ARE 431, ARE 432 (19 units)
- Studio art courses approved by your art education advisor, with at least 9 units in upper-division studio courses (18 units)
- BME 437 (3 units)
- ESE 330 (3 units)
- POS 220 (3 units)
- ARE 495C (12 units)
In all of our teacher education programs, you are required to complete a student teaching or internship experience. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher.
Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:
- Admission to the teacher education program
- NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 3.0 in all ARE, ARH, and ART courses, with no grade lower than a "C" in the major.
- Passing score on the required Professional Dispositions Modules
- Take the Arizona Educator Art Content Knowledge Exam.
- Complete all plan requirements.
- All ARE coursework must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
- All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
Arizona Teacher Certification
In order to obtain an Arizona teaching certificate you must pass the National Evaluation Series Secondary Assessment Professional Knowledge exam.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
- You must have completed all of the coursework used to fulfill these requirements within the last 10 years.
Be aware that Arizona state teacher certification requirements leading to Institutional Recommendations may change at any time, and may impact program of study requirements.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.