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College of the Arts

School of Art

211 Art Building
Tel: 330-672-2192


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. Graduates understand child development and the creative needs of learners; use traditional and newer 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.

In order to enroll in upper-division professional education coursework, students seeking licensure must be admitted to the education minor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Refer to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services section of this Catalog for specific information about this process.

Students must meet College of Education, Health, and Human Services professional requirements for admission to advanced study.

Upon entry to this program, student must make an appointment to see a program counselor in Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall (330-672-2862) to discuss the education minor.

Career Opportunities

Teachers of self-enrichment education held about 253,600 jobs in 2008. The largest numbers of teachers were employed by public and private educational institutions and providers of social assistance.

Public school teachers must be licensed, which typically requires a bachelor's degree and the completion of an approved teacher education program; private school teachers do not have to be licensed but may still need a bachelor's degree.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 125 total credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division hours. A 2.750 cumulative GPA and a 2.750 GPA in the major are necessary for admission to advanced study, student teaching and graduation in this program. Minimum C (2.000) grade is required in all courses specified as requirements and in education courses required as part of the minor.

Successful completion of Praxis I.
Successful completion of the Ohio Assessment for Educator (OAE).

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will reflect about their personal and conceptual growth, teaching performance and professional development as well as their students’ learning.  Opportunities to show evidence of this is throughout the program, but particularly in ARTE 41009 Major Review and ARTE 41557 Student Teaching Seminar.  In 41009 students articulate their beliefs about Art Education and must defend their position as well as demonstrate in-depth engagement in issues of the field. In ARTE 41557 students provide comprehensive evidence through edTPA, a national assessment tool that provides students a comprehensive and holistic opportunity to show evidence of their competencies.  
  2. Students will research, plan, conduct, and assess art experiences for preK-12 grade students, grounded in the National and Ohio art standards. (ARTE 31004 Practicum, ARTE 41003 Field Experiences, ARTE 41002 Foundations & Concepts Secondary, and during Student Teaching).  Students will examine and learn from observed student and teacher behaviors to understand effective teaching practices. (Practicum, Field Experiences, Secondary, Student Teaching).  Students will understand the visual stages of development as they relate to mental, social, emotional, and physical development in order to plan appropriate lesson instruction. (Practicum, Field Experiences, Secondary, Student Teaching). Students will develop and articulate knowledge of various theories related to teaching art. (ARTE 41009 Major Review) Students will apply principles for classroom management, safety practices, and motivational techniques in teaching. (Practicum, Field Experiences, Secondary, and Student Teaching).  Students will organize and manage the time, space, and resources of an instructional setting for teaching art. (Practicum, Field, Secondary, and Student Teaching).  Students will learn to use community resources, such as museums and community artists, and make connections between communal needs, the learner, and the art education curriculum. (Practicum, Field, Secondary, and Student Teaching).  Students will effectively plan and install art shows. ( Practicum and Major Review).
  3. Students will competently use materials and media to visually communicate (implicit in all courses, but especially so as evidenced in their portfolio review during Major Review).  Students will communicate (verbally and through writing) their ideas of Art Education in relation to contemporary Art Education theory and the application of those ideas in art classrooms (comprehensive evidence shown in Major Review).  Students will understand how to become advocates for the field of Art Education (Practicum, Professional Practices, and Student teaching).
  4. Students will develop an understanding of their communal, national, and global identities, in the context of the personal as well as professional (as educators), in all coursework. Students will create and teach appropriate art curriculum that meets the cultural, emotional, academic, physical, sensory, and behavioral needs of students (Foundations & Concepts Elementary, Practicum, Foundations & Concepts Secondary, Field Experiences, and Student Teaching).  Students will understand the significance of and apply curricula that promotes appreciation and critical understanding of diversity (all courses).
  5. Students will learn about career planning and related professional issues such as national assessments (e.g. those associated with NCLB), unions, professional development possibilities, graduate studies, life-long learning, etc. Students will be encouraged to become life-long learners as they continue to critically reflect on their teaching practices regularly. Students will learn about professional responsibilities of becoming a member of the art education community and broader society, and adapt their curriculum accordingly (edTPA, University Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher feedback).
  6. Students will critically and professionally use the Internet as a resource for research (all courses).  Students will use and teach technology to development of websites, digital portfolios, presentations, and art creation.


Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Travel to London and Paris

Art and Design Education in Florence, Italy

New York City Study/Travel

Ohio Art Education Association and National Art Education Association Travel Studies.

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee



National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Student Organizations

National Art Education Association Student Chapter; Art History Club; Ceramics Club; Glass Club; Undergraduate Art Club

Culminating Requirements


Students enrolled in the B.A. in art education, must receive a rating of “satisfactory” on selected works exhibited during their portfolio review.

Advanced Degree Programs

Art Education (M.A.), Art History (M.A.), Crafts (M.A. and M.F.A.), Fine Arts (M.A. and M.F.A.), Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.), Early Childhood Education (M.A., M.A.T. and M.Ed.)