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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:


  • Observation/Participation
  • Drawing & Composition I
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • College Writing I: Academic Writing
  • The First-Year Seminar
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI and health requirements)
  • Pre-Service Academic Performance Assess. Prep


  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 1 Field Experiences/Exploration
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Technology: Electronic Media in the Arts
  • College Writing II
  • Arts & Humanities: U.S. History I or II
  • Quantitative: College Mathematics or higher
  • Psychology of Adolescence  (Educ.  Sect.)
  • First-year Review by Fine Arts faculty
  • Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI and health requirements


  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 2 Field Experience/Exploration
  • Art History Survey I
  • Color Theory
  • Fundamentals of Sculpture/other, 1 of 4 studios
  • Characteristics & Needs of Exceptional Learners Social/Cultural
  • Quantitative: College Algebra
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Child Development II
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI  and health requirements)
  • Student Portfolio, Application & Interview with Education faculty for acceptance into Educ. Prog. after completion of 48  credits, passed PAPA exams & 3.0 or higher GPA


  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 3 Pre-Student Teaching Experience
  • Art History Survey II
  • Figure Drawing I
  • Fundamentals of Ceramics/other, 2 of 4 studios
  • Speech Communications
  • Teaching in the Secondary School
  • Fundamentals of Painting/other for 3 of 4 studios
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI and health requirements)
  • Acceptance into Education Program is required to take EDUC 300 and higher classes Bridge Experience


  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Pre-Student Teaching Experience
  • Intermediate Studio for concentration
  • Modern & Post Modern Art
  • Art Education Media & Methods/Elementary
  • Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Teaching English Language Learners
  • Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues, and Ethics in Education: Moral Reasoning
  • Praxis II
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI and health requirements)


  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Pre-Student Teaching Experience
  • Fundamentals of Art Studio Choice, 4 of 4 studios
  • Advanced Studio/Senior Seminar for concentration
  • Developmental Assessment II
  • Art Ed Media & Methods/Secondary Methods
  • Classroom Management
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI and health requirements)
  • Students must apply for Fall student teaching placements by required date prior to placement


  • Capstone Experience/Real World/Self Directed
  • Student Teaching Art Education K-8
  • Student Teaching Secondary Level 9-12
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI and health requirements)
  • Senior review prior to taking ART 4810
  • A Pre-student Teaching experience is provided and required. Student teaching will take place in the two half-semesters after the Pre-student teaching experience.


  • Arts & Humanities Elective: American Literature
  • Advanced studio/ Sr. Seminar for concentration
  • Professional Practices Capstone Experience
  • Scientific Literacy elective
  • Graduation Audit
  • Exit interview with certification officer

Updated: October 2017

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 Career Services 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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