Art Education - B.A.

College of the Arts
School of Art
241 Center for the Visual Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2192
artinfo@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/art


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education prepares students to effectively teach visual art by applying a learner-centered pedagogy to embrace the many dimensions of human intelligence and aesthetic education.

Art educators understand child development to successfully engage learners in the complete artistic process of thinking—perceptual, imaginative, formative, expressive and communicative—by combining a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas. They organize and evaluate teaching activities for creating and analyzing works of art and design from contemporary and past cultures. This involves using a variety of media, technology and community resources, making connections between visual art and other disciplines, as well as assessing the learning outcomes of their students.

In addition, art educators are prepared to meet the needs of all students with an understanding of the value of diversity. They create safe and equitable learning environments in which to nurture life-long skills in problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and constructing meaning.

Graduates of the degree program will be eligible to be certified for pre-K-12 visual art teacher licensure

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities:

  • Travel opportunities to New York, London, Paris and China
  • Study abroad through Kent State's Florence program in Florence, Italy (full semester or summer art and design experience)
  • Ohio Art Education Association and National Art Education Association Travel Studies

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Reflect on their personal and conceptual growth, teaching performance and professional development, as well as on their students' learning through guided writing, journaling and artmaking.
  2. Articulate their beliefs about art education and defend their position, as well as demonstrate in-depth engagement in issues of the field.
  3. Research, plan, conduct and assess art experiences for preK-12 grade students, grounded in the National and Ohio Visual Art standards.
  4. Examine and learn from observed student and teacher behaviors to understand effective teaching practices.
  5. Comprehend the visual stages of development as they relate to mental, social, emotional and physical development of children in order to plan appropriate lesson instruction.
  6. Develop and articulate knowledge of various theories related to teaching artmaking, art criticism, art history and aesthetics, as well as theories related to instructional and interdisciplinary practices.
  7. Apply principles of classroom management, safety practices and motivational techniques in teaching.
  8. Organize and manage the time, space and resources of an instructional setting for teaching art.
  9. Learn to use community resources, such as museums and community artists, and make connections between communal needs, the learner and the art education curriculum.
  10. Effectively plan and install art exhibits.
  11. Competently use materials and media to communicate visually.
  12. Effectively communicate verbally and through writing their ideas of art education in relation to contemporary art education theory and the application of those ideas in art classrooms.
  13. Become advocates for the field of art education.
  14. Develop an understanding of their communal, national and global identities, in the context of the personal as well as professional as educators.
  15. Create and teach appropriate art curricula that meet the cultural, emotional, academic, physical, sensory and behavioral needs of students.
  16. Understand the significance of and apply curricula that promote appreciation and critical understanding of diversity, inclusivity and interdisciplinarity.
  17. Learn about career planning and related professional issues, such as national assessments, unions, professional development possibilities, graduate studies and life-long learning.
  18. Continue to reflect critically on their teaching practices.
  19. Be prepared in professional responsibilities as a member of the art education community
  20. Adapt their curriculum accordingly.
  21. Use technology in an ethical, critical and creative manner as a means to acquire, provide, organize and communicate knowledge.

Requirements for Admission to Advanced Study for Art Education and Music Education

Admission to advanced study is required of all teacher education majors and minors prior to enrolling in upper-division education courses. Upon completion of coursework, as determined by program area, students should have satisfied the prerequisites for admission to advanced study. Students must submit an application for advanced study by the second Friday of the term during which all prerequisites for advanced study will be completed, and at least one semester prior to beginning any coursework for which "Admission to Advanced Study" is a prerequisite. Students at the Kent Campus apply for Advanced Study through the College of Education, Health and Human Services Student Portal, which can be accessed through the Vacca Office of Student Services web page (www.kent.edu/ehhs/services/voss) or directly at the WHHS Student Portal. Students completing a licensure program at a regional campus should check with that campus for instructions on how to apply for "Advanced Study." Please note: Admission to advanced study is required for students pursuing an undergraduate major that leads to teacher licensure.

Requirements for Admission to Advanced Study for Art Education and Music Education

  • College Writing: Students are required to attain a minimum C grade in each writing courses (ENG 11011 and ENG 21011 or equivalent).
  • Pre-Advanced Study Coursework: To be eligible for advanced study, students must earn a minimum C grade in CULT 29535 and a minimum C grade in one of the following courses (please note that a minimum C grade must be earned in all of the four courses for teacher licensure programs):
  • Grade Point Average:
    • Art Education majors must have earned a minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.750 major GPA in order to be admitted to Advanced Study.
    • Music Education majors must have earned a minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.750 major GPA in order to be admitted to Advanced Study.
  • Advising Appointment: Art Education and Music Education students should make an advising appointment with a professional advisor in the Vacca Office of Student Services (or Regional Campus advising office if completing the program at that campus) for information about applying for Advanced Study and educator licensure. Advising appointments at the Kent Campus are made through the Vacca Office of Student Services' website at www.kent.edu/ehhs/services/voss.
  • Teacher Candidate Acknowledgments and Legal Questions for Licensure: Candidates are required to electronically sign four statements acknowledging that they have read and understand the following areas: background check requirements; professional dispositions; licensure application information; legal questions asked on the licensure application. Statements can be found on the student portal.
  • Standardized Testing: All Art Education and Music Education majors are required to demonstrate basic competencies in reading, writing and mathematics before progressing in a degree program. Students are required to take the Praxis Core (or Alternative Praxis) if they have not adequately demonstrated the competencies through the ACT, SAT and/ or COMPASS exams (for qualifying students). Alternative Praxis tests are available for students who do not pass Praxis Core. Information regarding Praxis Core is available in the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, in the student services offices of the Regional Campuses and at www.kent.edu/ehhs/serviccs/voss. Students must have all passing standardized test scores on file in 304 White Hall prior to submission of application for admission to advanced study. The specific competencies are listed below (Note: The COMPASS placement test is for qualifying students and is taken solely for placement into freshman-level courses and cannot be taken for any other purpose):
    • Reading: minimum 26 ACT reading score or 620 SAT verbal score or 93 COMPASS reading score or 156 Praxis Core reading score.
    • Writing: minimum 25 ACT English score or 92 COMPASS writing score or 162 Praxis Core writing score
    • Mathematics: minimum 25 ACT mathematics score or 620 SAT mathematics score or 150 Praxis Core mathematics score

Please be aware that reapplication may be necessary if postponing advanced study coursework or if withdrawn for one year or more.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[CA-BA-ARTE]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
ART 100222D COMPOSITION 3
ART 100233D COMPOSITION 3
ART 20024DIGITAL MEDIA 3
ARTE 31001ART EDUCATION: FOUNDATIONS AND CONCEPTS ELEMENTARY 3
ARTE 31004ART EDUCATION:TEACHING PRACTICUM 13
ARTE 41002ART EDUCATION: FOUNDATIONS AND CONCEPTS - SECONDARY (ELR) 13
ARTE 41004PRE-KINDERGARTEN-12 DESIGN EDUCATION 3
ARTE 41009ART EDUCATION MAJOR REVIEW 1
ARTE 41192ART EDUCATION: FIELD EXPERIENCE (ELR) (WIC) 3
ARTE 41525ART EDUCATION:INQUIRY INTO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 13
ARTE 41557ART EDUCATION:STUDENT TEACHING AND SEMINAR (ELR) 19
ARTH 22006ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 22007ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 32066LATE MODERN ART 3
ARTS 14000DRAWING I 3
ARTS 14001DRAWING II 3
ARTS 14060PAINTING I 3
ARTS 24040PRINTMAKING I 3
ARTS 24010INTRODUCTION TO FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY 3
or ARTS 44011 DIGITAL FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
ARTS 24060PAINTING II 3
ARTS 25400CERAMICS I 3
Art (ART), Education (ARTE), History (ARTH) or Studio (ARTS) Elective3
Art, Education, History or Studio Upper-Division Elective (ART, ARTE, ARTH, ARTS 30000 or 40000 level)3
Art History Upper-Division Elective (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level)3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
CI 47330READING AND WRITING IN ADOLESCENCE/ADULTHOOD 13
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
CULT 29535EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY 13
EPSY 29525EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 13
ITEC 39525EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 13
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SPED 23000INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) 13
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition 16
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:122
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Please view the Requirements for Admission to Advanced Study.

  1. Upon entry to this program, student must make an appointment to see an academic advisor to discuss application for advanced study.
  2. A 2.750 overall GPA and a 2.750 GPA in the major are necessary for admission to advanced study, student teaching and graduation in this program.
  3. Successful completion of Praxis Core
  4. Successful completion of the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE).
  5. Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
    Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.750 2.750
  • Students must receive a rating of “satisfactory” on selected works exhibited during their portfolio review.
 

Roadmap

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ART 10022 2D COMPOSITION 3
ARTS 14000 DRAWING I 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
ART 10023 3D COMPOSITION 3
ARTS 14001 DRAWING II 3
ARTH 22006 ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
CULT 29535 EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
Required: minimum 2.750 GPA  
!ARTE 31001 ART EDUCATION: FOUNDATIONS AND CONCEPTS ELEMENTARY 3
ARTS 14060 PAINTING I 3
ARTS 25400 CERAMICS I 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Four
Required: minimum 2.750 GPA  
ART 20024 DIGITAL MEDIA 3
!ARTE 31004 ART EDUCATION:TEACHING PRACTICUM 3
ARTE 41004 PRE-KINDERGARTEN-12 DESIGN EDUCATION 3
ARTH 22007 ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
SPED 23000 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Required: minimum 2.750 GPA  
!ARTE 41002 ART EDUCATION: FOUNDATIONS AND CONCEPTS - SECONDARY (ELR) 3
ARTS 24010
INTRODUCTION TO FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
or DIGITAL FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
3
ARTS 24040 PRINTMAKING I 3
EPSY 29525 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Required: minimum 2.750 GPA and admission to advanced study  
ARTS 24060 PAINTING II 3
!CI 47330 READING AND WRITING IN ADOLESCENCE/ADULTHOOD 3
ITEC 39525 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
Art (ART), Education (ARTE), History (ARTH) or Studio (ARTS) Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Required: minimum 2.750 GPA  
!ARTE 41009 ART EDUCATION MAJOR REVIEW 1
!ARTE 41192 ART EDUCATION: FIELD EXPERIENCE (ELR) (WIC) 3
ARTH 32066 LATE MODERN ART 3
Art, Education, History or Studio Upper-Division Elective (ART, ARTE, ARTH, ARTS 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Art History Upper-Division Elective (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
Required: minimum 2.750 GPA  
!ARTE 41525 ART EDUCATION:INQUIRY INTO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 3
!ARTE 41557 ART EDUCATION:STUDENT TEACHING AND SEMINAR (ELR) 9
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:122