Visual Arts Major, Art Education Concentration with Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.)

The Art Education Concentration is a professional degree option within the university’s teacher preparation program that leads to qualification for the initial instructional certificate to teach P-12 art in New Jersey’s (as well as our nation’s) schools. Art Education students will participate in a combination of professional education courses and field experiences, basic studio and art history courses, and P-12 art classroom methods courses. The degree is appropriate for students who wish to teach art in various settings including museums and community centers, in addition to public and private schools for grades P-12.

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Art must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Information regarding the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures may be found on the Teacher Education Program website. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA. Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Handbook for more information.

The program is based in the Department of Art and Design. For further information, go to: Visual Arts – Art Education Concentration (BA).


Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements21
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3
Major Requirements60
Teacher Education Program Requirements36
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
ARFD 100Perceptual Drawing3
ARFD 101Surface3
ARFD 103Color and Light3
ARFD 104Space3
ARFD 106Digital Literacy3
ARFD 200Time3
VIST 102Visual Culture3
Studio Requirements
ARST 201Objects in Clay3
ARST 2023D and Extended Media3
ARST 204Painting3
ARST 205Photography3
ARST 206Printmaking3
ARST 301Integrative Studio I3
ARST 3113
ARST 4013
ARST 411Integrative Studio IV3
Concentration Requirements
ARED 301Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education I: P-123
VIST 105Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture3
VIST 106Modern Visions 1400-19453
VIST 109Special Topics in Global Art Cultures3
Total Credits60

Teacher Education Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Education Pre-Requisite Requirements
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
or FSHD 216 Adolescent Development
SASE 210Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling3
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
SASE 320Curriculum Design for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 321Assessment Practices for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 322Language and Learning in Content Area Teaching3
Methods Course(s)
Select a Teaching Methods course or courses according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12 (Visual Arts major.)
Dance Methods (Dance major.)
Teaching English (secondary) (English major.)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice (French major.)
The Teaching of Health
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education (Physical Education major.)
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools (Italian major.)
Methods of Teaching Latin (Latin major.)
Methods and Material of TESL (Linguistics major.)
Teaching of Mathematics (Mathematics major.)
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II (Music major.)
Methods of Teaching Social Studies (History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology major.)
Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science or Physics major)
Teaching Spanish in K-12 (Spanish major)
Theatre Teaching Methods (Theatre Studies major)
Professional Year Courses
SASE 450Clinical Practice I3
SASE 451Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 452Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits36-40

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
GNED 199New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Perceptual Drawing (Fulfilled in the major.)
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences
Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture (Fulfilled in the major.)
G. Computer Science
Digital Literacy (Fulfilled in the major.)
H. Mathematics
MATH 106Creative Thinking through Mathematics3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course that also fulfills the Teacher Education Health/Hygiene requirement.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Psychological Foundations of Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits21

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
AMSL 101Beginning American Sign Language I3
World Cultures
Special Topics in Global Art Cultures (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits3

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
WRIT 105 College Writing I 3
ARFD 100 Perceptual Drawing 3
ARFD 101 Surface 3
ARFD 104 Space 3
VIST 105 Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture 3
EDFD 200 Psychological Foundations of Education 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
WRIT 106 College Writing II 3
ARFD 103 Color and Light 3
VIST 106 Modern Visions 1400-1945 3
Pass ACT, SAT, or Praxis I  
Second Year
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
ARFD 106 Digital Literacy 3
ARFD 200 Time 3
VIST 205 History of Contemporary Art 3
SASE 210 Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling 3
BIOL 100
Biological Sciences
or The Biology of Human Life
VIST 109 Special Topics in Global Art Cultures 3
ARST 201 Objects in Clay 3
ARST 205 Photography 3
Studio Elective 3
Apply to Teacher Education  
Apply for Substitute Teaching license.  
Prep for Praxis II - Take Praxis II  
Third Year
ARST 206 Printmaking 3
ARST 301 Integrative Studio I 3
AMSL 101 Beginning American Sign Language I 3
ARST 202 3D and Extended Media 3
SASE 320 Curriculum Design for Inclusive Classrooms 3
Prep for Praxis II - Take Praxis II  
ARED 301 Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education I: P-12 3
ARST 204 Painting 3
ARST 402 Integrative Studio II 3
SASE 321 Assessment Practices for Inclusive Classrooms 3
SASE 322 Language and Learning in Content Area Teaching 3
Pass Praxis II  
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
ARED 401 Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12 3
ARST 403 Integrative Studio III 3
SASE 450 Clinical Practice I 3
SASE 451 Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies 3
SASE 452 Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies 3
SASE 453 Clinical Practice II 9
 Total Credits120