The art education program prepares students for initial certification to teach kindergarten through grade 12 art in New York State schools. The program develops art education professionals who are knowledgeable about the subject of art; who think systematically about the act of teaching; who are committed to teaching students about art in meaningful and critical ways; who consider teaching to be a dynamic and continuing process of development and growth; who recognize and respect individual differences in their students and adapt their teaching strategies to fit individual student needs; who are sensitive to issues related to diversity in class, ethnicity, and gender in contemporary society; who are active in the professional, cultural, and art communities; who understand and are prepared to utilize current technology and media in the public school art programs; who understand and promote the value of art in contemporary cultures; and who are prepared to address the unique learning needs of kindergarten through grade 12 students in an urban environment.
Requirements of Major: For students to enroll and remain in the art education program, they must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their major. A portfolio review is required for admission to the department. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials they use in art education courses, and there may be an additional instructional charge for materials used in class.
Student Teaching: Eligibility for student teaching is determined by the Art Education Department; placement is arranged by the art education coordinator of student teaching. Student teaching experiences are provided in cooperating elementary and secondary schools. In some cases, students may be required to reside in the community where their student teaching assignments take place; transportation to/from the student teaching assignment is the student’s responsibility. Students enrolled in the student teaching semester devote full time to their practicum assignment.
Prior written approval must be obtained from the chair of the Art Education Department for a student to enroll for any other college credit work during a student teaching assignment except for AED 400. All students anticipating a student teaching assignment must show proof of having a test for tuberculosis within three months of the assignment. Results of the test must be filed at the health center.
Transfer Students: Students transferring to the art education major as juniors, and who wish to complete their programs in four semesters, should plan their schedules of coursework in art education with great care, and with an academic adviser. It is important to note that AED 300W, AED 301W, and AED 302W are intended as a sequence and may not be taken concurrently except for students in postbaccalaureate certification-only programs.
Postbaccalaureate (Certification-Only) Program (see below): This program is for students who have already earned a B.A./B.F.A. degree in a studio area and are interested in earning art teacher certification.
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Art education majors begin their careers with knowledge and experience as both artists and teachers. Graduates have been hired as preschool, elementary, middle, junior, and senior high school teachers; arts administrators in schools and museums; graphic and commercial art specialists; and college and university art instructors and administrators.
Recent graduates have been hired by school districts in upstate New York, New York City, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Virginia, Colorado, and Alaska.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 credits
Total Required Credit Hours in Art Education 36 credits
A. Required Courses (24 credits)
AED 200 Fundamentals of Art Inquiry
AED 300W Foundations in Art Education
AED 301W Theoretical Constructs in Art Education
AED 302W Functions and Practice in Art Education
AED 315 Arts in Living
AED 398 Computer Applications for Art Educators
AED 400 Student Teaching Seminar
ATS 325 Arts and Special Needs
B. Required Field Experience (12 credits)
AED 303 Elementary Student Teaching in Art (6)
AED 304 Secondary Student Teaching in Art (6)
Total Required Credit Hours in Fine Arts and Design 36 credits
A. Required Fine Arts Courses (15 credits)
FAR 101 Drawing I
FAR 102 Drawing II
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in Contemporary Arts
FAR 250 Art History I
FAR 251 Art History II
B. Required Design Courses (9 credits)
DES 101 Introductory Design 2D I
DES 103 Introductory Design 3D I
One elective selected by advisement.
C. Studio (FAR and DES) Electives Selected by Advisement (12 credits)
All College Electives 0–6 credits
Total Required Credit Hours 120 credits