Art Education, B.S.

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

This program is an education preparation program.  Please consult the College of Education page for more information about the college admission requirements.

Overall GPA of 2.7 Required
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 2 – American Experience (Select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Creative Drive:
ART 150 - introductory Drawing I

Tier 2 – Cultural Expression:
ART 104 - History of Western Art I

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 - Social Structure, Conflict and Consensus
EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools and Societies

Tier 3 - Capstone
ART 414 - Socially Engaged Art Education

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


71 Credits Required

Art Requirements
39 Credits Required

ART 104 - History of Western Art I (T2CE)*
ART 105
 - History of Western Art II
ART 112 - Color and 2-D Design
ART 113 - Three Dimensional Design
ART 150 - Introductory Drawing I (T2CD)*
ART 151 - Introductory Drawing II
ART 220 - Introductory Painting
ART 236 - Ceramics I: Handbuilding
ART 414 - Socially Engaged Art Education (T3)*

Select 12 additional credits in studio art or art history

Education Requirements
32 Credits Required

ART 270 — Introduction to Art Education
ART 370 — Strategies and Methods for Teaching Art
ART 371 - Curriculum Development in Art Education
ART 375 - Clinical Field Experience
ART 412 - Professional Topics in Art Education
EDU 316 - Child Development and Psychology for Educators
EDU 471 — Supporting English Learners for School Success (formerly IDS 471)
RDG 470 — Literacy in the Content Areas (formerly IDS 471)
ART 335 - Student Teaching I
ART 435 - Student Teaching II

Select one of:

  • SED 481 —Teaching Exceptional Students in Elementary Education Classroom
  • SED 482 —Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom

Non-Course Requirements:
Module 1: Behavioral Difficulties (Social and Emotional Development)
Module 2: Dyslexia Required


9 Credits Required

EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools and Societies (T2CC)*
HIS 110
– United States History I or HIS 111 – United States History II (T2AE)*
SHE 203 – School Health (T2MB)*


Students must take remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).