BA in Art
Art Education

There are three possible options for undergraduate students interested in teaching in the arts. To determine the best option for your career goals, consult with Dr. Dewhurst in Shepard 303D.

Option I

Major in Art, Concentration in Teaching Art, Minor in Art Education via School of Education


Best For

Students who are set on teaching in a traditional school setting (i.e. public, private, charter, etc.); students interested in teaching in alternative settings (i.e. museums, community center, etc.).



Requirements

Students must complete all Art Major requirements with a Concentration in Teaching Art. In addition, when they have completed around 80 credits, they should apply to the School of Education for a Minor in Art Education (this is a formal application process including letters of recommendation, an entrance test, an essay, and an interview).



Additional Notes

- The only way a student can be certified via the state is if they have a Minor in Art Education through the School of Education.

- Students must submit a formal application to the School of Education available from the Art Education Office or from the School of Education’s Office of Student Services in NAC 3/223.

- This option includes student teaching and therefore may take longer than 4 years to complete.

- The School of Education requires students to have a GPA of above 2.7.

- Students must take and pass 3 state-mandated tests: the ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written), the LAST (Liberal Arts and Sciences Test), and the CST-Visual Arts (Content Specialty Test).

Option II

Major in Art, Concentration in Teaching Art


Best For

Students who are interested in teaching in non-school settings; students who are curious about education, but not totally sure they want to teach in a school.



Requirements

Students must complete all Art Major requirements with a Concentration in Teaching Art.



Additional Notes

- Students who select this option will not be certified by the state and therefore are not eligible to teach in a public school.

- They may be able to teach in a charter/private school depending on the strength of their art, experience, other skills—but in the current climate, even this would be difficult.

- Students would be eligible to teach in a museum, community center, or alternative learning space.

- Students do not complete student teaching.

- Students do not take the state-mandated tests.

Option III

Major in Childhood or Bi-Lingual Education, Co-Major in Art


Best For

Students who want to specialize in teaching in grades 1-6 in a school setting; students whose primary interest is in education, particularly for younger students- with a side interest in the arts.



Requirements

Students complete all Childhood or Bi-Lingual Education Major requirements that include selecting a “Co-Major” from a list of options provided by the School of Education. When Co-Majoring in Art, they must choose either Studio Art or Art History and then complete the 42 credits of Studio Art or Art History courses required of Art Majors.



Additional Notes

- Students should NOT choose the Teaching in Art Concentration.

- Students are advised primarily through the School of Education (for questions regarding state requirements, certification, and student teaching), but may seek secondary advisement from Art Department faculty related to their Art courses.

Requirements

Department Core

These courses must be taken as prerequisites before taking additional Art courses:


Total Core Credits: 9

Courses

Art Courses

Required Courses:

Choose one 2D Course:

Choose one 3D Course:

Choose two Art History courses, including at least one that focuses on non-Western Art History.

Choose five additional Studio Courses


Total Art Credits: 42

Education Courses

Fulfills the NY State Professional Education Courses Requirement

Student Teaching must be completed in your final semester and includes the following three courses. Applications to student teach are due the semester before you plan to graduate.


Total Educ Credits: 26

Additional Requirements