Post-Bacc: Art Education (K-12)

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Art Education is a professional preparation program for those who wish to enter the exciting and creative career of art teaching. Students are immersed in a broad range of 2D and 3D studio art media and methods so that they will be versatile in the classroom while continuing to work as artists. Courses will provide the knowledge and experience needed to prepare and implement an effective curriculum for any elementary or secondary school grade level. Extensive field experiences allow developing art teachers to work directly with children and adolescents to apply and refine what they have learned about teaching strategies and classroom management appropriate for a variety of school settings serving diverse populations. The Art Education program stays up to date and guides students through the many requirements necessary to be awarded a Missouri K-12 Art Specialist certificate. Prospective students may enroll in Art Education via one of three routes: Undergraduates will complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree concurrently with the certification program. Students who already hold undergraduate degrees may choose to pursue certification as non-degree students, or opt to apply for admission to the Master of Education degree and take courses required for certification that may also apply toward the graduate degree. Whichever route is chosen there will be plenty of opportunities to become involved in a Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association and attend local and state workshops and conferences. As with most education professions the job market for art teachers will vary from year to year and from region to region, but consistently there are numerous openings across Missouri each year.

Educational Opportunities and Scholarship Information: The Art and Art History department sponsors a variety of community internship opportunities with local arts institutions, including The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Laumeier Sculpture Park. In addition, each spring the Ferring Art and Art History Travel Study Program awards a select group of students majoring in Studio Art, Art History, or Art Education with a trip to visit private collections, artists’ studios, internationally acclaimed galleries, and major art museums.

Scholarship Information:

Marie L. Larkin Scholarship in Art Education: The Marie Larkin Scholarship Fund was established at UMSL in 1999 to provide financial support to students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing K-12 art teaching as a career. Awards are made on an annual basis and are designed to cover educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Up to five students may be awarded the Marie Larkin Scholarship each year. Awards are approximately $2,000, but may vary from year to year.

Des Lee Scholarship in Art Education: Des Lee Scholarship Fund in Art Education was established by E. Desmond Lee to provide financial support to students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing K-12 art teaching as a career. One award is made each year in the amount of $750 per semester or $1500 per academic year.

Post Baccalaureate Certification

Contact Advisor:

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DESE Art (Grades K-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Art Education K-12 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.

Art Education

An art education emphasis leading toward K-12 Art teacher certification is available. Students choosing this option must complete degree requirements for the B.F.A. Students must complete ENGL 3100 (Advanced Expository Writing) and the general education requirements of the College of Education. A foreign language is not required.

Students will take a specialized program of Foundation Art (30 hours) that includes courses required for certification to teach art. They will also take studio art electives, including a minimum of three courses in one of the studio emphasis areas: drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, or printmaking. A minimum of 50 credit hours must be completed in studio art. In addition, students must complete 15 hours of art history. The final 30 hours of coursework must be completed in residence at UMSL. Major area courses, including studio art, art history, art education, teacher education, and secondary education, must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.5; no grade lower than a C is acceptable in major area coursework.

Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

I . Foundation Art for Art Education

(10 courses; 30 hours if taken at UMSL):

ST ART 1030Ceramics I3
ST ART 1133Introduction To Fibers And Textiles3
ST ART 1140Drawing I3
ST ART 1141Drawing II3
ST ART 1142Figure Drawing I3
ST ART 2240Drawing III3
or ST ART 1143 Figure Drawing II
ST ART 1150Design I3
ST ART 1151Design II3
ST ART 1170Printmaking I3
or ST ART 1173 Printmaking: Screenprinting I
ST ART 1180Painting I3
Total Hours30

II. Studio Art for Art Education (7 courses; 21 hours if taken at UMSL):

ST ART 1020Expanded Artforms3
ST ART 1060Photography I3
or ST ART 1061 Introduction to Digital Photography
or ST ART 1210 Graphic Design I
or ST ART 2100 Advertising Art Fundementals
Students planning on a Photography emphasis must take ST ART 1060. Students planning on a Graphic Design emphasis must take ST ART 1210.
ST ART 1132Sculpture I3
Studio Art Electives3
Studio Art Emphasis 9
Students must complete at least nine hours in one of the following areas: drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, or printmaking.
Total Hours21

III. Art History for Art Education (5 courses; 15 hours if taken at UMSL):

At least 9 hours must be taken in residence at UMSL.

ART HS 1100Introduction To Western Art3
Art History Electives12
Total Hours15

IV. Professional Preparation for Art Education

Required art education, Level II and III teacher education, and secondary education courses must be taken in residence at UMSL. Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education program of the College of Education. Students should check with the Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) for the most complete and current admission information.

Art Education certification candidates must complete the following courses:

Introduction to Education
EDUC 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
EDUC 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Teaching and Learning Across Context and Clinical Experiences
ART ED 3328Art Education: Theory to Practice3
ART ED 4260Art Museum as Teaching Resource3
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3310Introduction to Methods of Teaching2
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
Level III: Instructional Application
ART ED 4273Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Art3
SEC ED 4995Practicum I: Site-Based Experience in Art3
SEC ED 4996Practicum II: 12-week Site Based Experience in Art9
SEC ED 4997Practicum II: 4-Week Site-Based Experience in Art3
Total Hours42
Slide 1 Art Education teacher candidates apply the theories in art education and child artistic development to create relevant and meaningful art curricula and supporting art making experiences within the curriculum.
Slide 2 Development and facilitation of student relevant, cross-curricular lessons infused with Common Core standards provide Art Education teacher candidates with opportunities to improve their practice and prepare them for the realities of teaching in public school settings.
Slide 3 Elementary and secondary students engage in innovative and exciting studio lessons developed and taught by Art Education teacher candidates during Practicum 1 and 2.
Slide 4 During field experiences art education teacher candidates learn characteristics of good teaching practice and are awarded opportunities to better understand the day-to-day challenges and responsibilities of being an art educator in public school contexts.