Art Education

Art Education


Welcome to Art Education...

Program Description

The program of study in Art Education consists of four curricular components: freshman seminar and general education, the specialty area, professional studies, and content pedagogy (methods and internship). Upon successful completion of the program and related requirements, graduates are eligible for a Standard Professional I license to teach in the State of North Carolina.  The  NC Department of Public Instruction issues the teaching license based on University recommendation.

The Art Education program is one of 12 teacher education programs offered at UNCP. Art Education majors are subject to Teacher Education Program policies, admission requirements, continuation requirements, and graduation requirements. For more information about teacher education policies and requirements, turn to the previous section.

The Art Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the NC State Board of Education.


Program Standards

The Teacher Education Program standards for all education majors are described fully in the UNCP Teacher Education Program Teacher Candidate Handbook.


Dr. Tulla Lightfoot

Dr. Tulla Lightfoot, Assistant Professor

Art Education, Program Coordinator
Office: Locklear Hall, Rm 212
Phone: 910.521.5792


 Program Goals and Objectives

One goal of the Art Education program is to help prospective art educators develop art insight and technical competence in their chosen area of study as well as groundwork for special interests and needs.  Prospective art educators must also demonstrate professional awareness and communication skills concerning their discipline.   They must be proficient as art instructors at all grade levels and have a philosophical basis for planning and implementing curricula in a pluralistic society.  Students must be able to evaluate art products and procedures and defend their evaluations. More specifically, prospective art educators will:

1. attain a high level of visual literacy of history, criticism, aesthetics and production of art throughout their endeavors of art (art education), beginning to carry out the integration of these four disciplines through the activities of inquiry, production, observation and practice;

2. become familiar with traditional and contemporary art education movements, theories, and issues, demonstrating knowledge of the fundamental principles and the language of art as part of their art theory instruction;

3. possess a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the visual arts, crafts, and art history;

4. be knowledgeable about the various techniques, materials, and studio procedures of art production and be able to translate those processes into sequentially based curricula for diverse learners;

5. gain knowledge, in the classroom and during field experiences, of the structure, procedures, and processes found in schools as related to the special area of art education;

6. know and understand the developmental stages (both cognitive and affective domains) and be able to structure lessons that are developmentally appropriate; and

7. take an active role in instructional planning, presentation, the uses of instructional technology, and assessment, taking into consideration the diversity of the population.