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Teaching:  Art Education

The teaching: art education program prepares students for Pennsylvania certification to teach children in kindergarten through twelfth grade in public and private schools.

Building on Keystone’s strong visual arts program, students pursuing art education will be prepared to engage in instructional planning and preparation, establish classroom environments, utilize effective classroom adaptations for diverse children and adolescents, and demonstrate professionalism as educators and artists.

Real World Experiences

Classroom experiences give you school-based observation and participation each semester. There’s simply no better preparation for future teachers than real world experience. Observing how students react to different styles of instruction and learning how to adjust in response, will prepare you for a successful career in education.

  • Field experiences begin the first semester
  • Pre-student teaching placements
  • 14 weeks of student teaching last semester

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Teaching: Art Education K-12 B.S. Degree

In addition to the General Education requirements and the Institutional Learning Outcomes for all majors, the following courses are a sampling of what is required for graduation for Teaching: Art Education (K-12) B.S. Degree:

First Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Drawing and Composition I
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • College Writing I: Academic Writing
  • The First Year Seminar – Education Section
  • College Algebra

Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Electronic Media in the Arts
  • College Writing II: Writing about Literature
  • U.S. History I or II
  • College Mathematics or higher
  • Psychology of Adolescence
Second Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Art History Survey I
  • Color Theory
  • Fundamental Studio choice for concentration Painting, Ceramics or Sculpture
  • Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Learners
  • American Literature I or II:  Writing Intensive
  • Child Development II

Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Art History Survey II
  • Figure Drawing I
  • Intermediate Studio for Concentration
  • Speech Communication
  • Lab – Newsworthy Topics or Human Health Issues
  • Teaching in the Secondary School
Third Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Fundamentals of Sculpture or other Studio
  • Modern & Post Modern Art
  • Art Education Media & Methods / Elementary
  • Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues, and Ethics in Education

Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Fundamentals of Painting or other Studio
  • Advanced Studio / Senior Seminar for Concentration
  • Wellness and Fitness Elective
  • Developmental Assessment II
  • Art Education Media & Methods / Secondary Methods
  • Classroom Management
Fourth Year

First Semester

  • Student Teaching Art Education K-8
  • Student Teaching Secondary Level 9-12

Second Semester

  • Fundamentals of Ceramics or other Studio
  • Advanced Studio / Senior Seminar for Concentration
  • Professional Practices
  • Earth System History recommended
  • Cultural Geography recommended

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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