Art Education (K-12)

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. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant, Assistant Professor

Art Education, Program Coordinator
Office: Locklear Hall, Rm 212
Phone: 910.522.5792

Program Goals and Objectives

The undergraduate art education track provides a supportive learning environment that prepares preservice educators to:

  1. Attain a high level of visual literacy of history, criticism, aesthetics and production of art. Through the activities of inquiry, production, observation and practice, students of art will be able to integrate these four disciplines.
  2. Become familiar with traditional and contemporary art education movements, theories, and issues.
  3. Possess a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the visual arts, crafts, and art history.
  4. Develop knowledge of various techniques, materials, and studio procedures of art production and how to translate those processes into sequentially based and age appropriate lessons and curricula.
  5. Gain knowledge of the implementation of sound instructional practices and assessment strategies through their classroom and field experiences.
  6. Understand how to engage students in looking at and making art in age appropriate ways.
  7. Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity of the diverse needs and culture of students in today’s classrooms.
  8. Develop professional dispositions in order for candidates to be successful in a variety of professional situations.