Visual Arts - 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 402Integrative Studio II3
ARST 403Integrative Studio III3
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

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.

First Year
GNED 1991EDFD 2003Pass ACT, SAT, or Praxis I
WRIT 1053GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics3 
ARFD 1003GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education1 
ARFD 1013WRIT 1063 
ARFD 1043ARFD 1033 
VIST 1053VIST 1063 
 16 16 0
Second Year
CMST 1013BIOL 100 or 1104Apply for Substitute Teaching license.
ARFD 1063VIST 1093Prep for Praxis II - Take Praxis II
ARFD 2003ARST 2013 
VIST 2053ARST 2053 
SASE 2103Studio Elective3 
 Apply to Teacher Education 
 15 16 0
Third Year
ARST 2063ARED 3013 
ARST 3013ARST 2043 
AMSL 1013ARST 4023 
ARST 2023SASE 3213 
SASE 3203SASE 3223 
Prep for Praxis II - Take Praxis IIPass Praxis II 
 15 15 
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3SASE 4523 
ARED 4013SASE 4539 
ARST 4033  
SASE 4503  
SASE 4513  
 15 12 
Total Credits 120