The art education licensure (k-12) track is composed of history, criticism, aesthetics and production of art, along with theories and the practical applications of teaching and learning in the arts. Through the activities of inquiry, production, observation and practice, students of art will begin to carry out the integration of these four disciplines. An individual student may pursue art as a consumer, artist, art historian and/or art educator, with the understanding \"there is a need\" to attain a high level of visual literacy throughout their endeavors. Examples of constructivist and developmental models of teaching and learning insure the students' understanding and appreciation of art can be translated to the arts classroom.
Art education students must possess a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the visual arts, crafts, art history, and a variety of educational theories and instructional practices. Students will be knowledgeable about the various techniques, materials, and studio procedures of art production and can translate those processes into sequentially based curricula. They, therefore, will gain knowledge, in the classroom and during field experiences, of the structure, procedures, and processes found in schools as they relate to the special area of art education. They will know and understand the developmental stages (both cognitive and affective domains) and be able to structure lessons that are developmentally appropriate. Students will take an active role in instructional planning, presentation, and assessment, taking into consideration the diversity of the population. Students will become familiar with traditional and contemporary art education movements, theories, and issues. As part of their art theory instruction, students must demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles, and the language of art. Art History courses enhance an understanding of the historical development of art. Studio courses will introduce students to a variety of materials, techniques, processes and approaches and students will learn how to apply these in age appropriate ways in a variety of classroom settings. Prospective art educators must also demonstrate professional awareness and communication skills. The students 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.
Program Goals and Objectives:
The undergraduate art education track provides a supportive learning environment that prepares preservice educators to:
- 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.
- Become familiar with traditional and contemporary art education movements, theories, and issues.
- Possess a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the visual arts, crafts, and art history.
- 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.
- Gain knowledge of the implementation of sound instructional practices and assessment strategies through their classroom and field experiences.
- Understand how to engage students in looking at and making art in age appropriate ways.
- Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity of the diverse needs and culture of students in today’s classrooms.
- Develop professional dispositions in order for candidates to be successful in a variety of professional situations.
- **"According to the University catalog, students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 AND a GPA in their major in excess of 2.0 in order to graduate."