Major in Art Education

Please note this program is being discontinued. The Spring 2019 Term will be the last term where new students are accepted into the program.

Students may prepare to teach at the elementary, middle/junior high or high school level with K-12 licensure. The art education program prepares you as an artist in your own right, and as a future teacher who will help your students develop their own visual literacy.

The art education program is certified by the State of Illinois Board of Education. Students interested in this field should identify themselves as early as possible to Mary Lou Stewart, director of the art education program, and to the education department, and confer regularly with their advisors. Students wishing to receive a B.F.A. and art licensure must complete the required courses for both programs.

How Elmhurst Stands Out

Art education students teach in two different school environments before graduation—guaranteeing a wide exposure to the challenges of teaching different age groups.

Program Requirements

  • The Art Department’s Core Curriculum: ART 113, 115, 120, 125, 230, 235, 341, 342, 373, 443, 490, 491 and a 300-level studio elective
  • The art methods sequence: ART 361 and 362
  • EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
  • SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession (.50 credit)
  • SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
  • SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching in Diverse and Inclusive Schools (.25 credit)
  • SEC 310 Methods and Best Practices in Middle and Secondary Education
  • SEC 311 Educational Psychology
  • SEC 421 Theory and Practice for Developing Academic Literacies in K-12 Classrooms
  • SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration and Professional Practice (.25 credit)
  • SEC 457 Student Teaching in Special Fields
  • A course in mathematics is required

Looking to Transfer?

Transfer students, including those with a degree in art from another institution, who seek only Illinois teacher licensure in art education must take at least one full course from each of the following three categories from the Elmhurst College Department of Art:

  • art history
  • studio
  • art methods

Students with exceptional undergraduate qualifications or with post-graduate education in art may petition the director of the art education program to waive or modify this requirement.

Other Requirements

Students are required to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) to be admitted to the secondary licensure program, the appropriate content area test prior to the student teaching semester and the APT (Assessment of Professional Teaching) test prior to program completion.

Learn more on the Department of Education website

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall Term

  • ART 115 Drawing Studio
  • ART 125 Design Studio
  • College/Licensure Requirements

Spring Term

  • ART 113 Introduction to Art Software
  • ART 120 Painting Studio
  • EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
  • College/Licensure Requirements

Fall Term

  • ART 341 Survey History of Western Art
  • ART 230 Printmaking Studio
  • SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession (.50 credit)
  • College/Licensure Requirements

Spring Term

  • ART 342 Survey History of Modern Art
  • ART 235 Sculpture Studio
  • College/Licensure Requirements

Fall Term

  • ART 361 Art Methods and Experiences for the Elementary and Middle School K-8
  • SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching in Diverse and Inclusive Schools (.25 credit)
  • SEC 310 Methods and Best Practices in Middle and Secondary Education
  • SEC 311 Educational Psychology
  • College/Licensure Requirements

Spring Term

  • One course in Non-European Art History
  • ART 443 Issues in Contemporary Art: Theory and Practice Beyond the Modern
  • SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
  • Upper-Level Art Studio
  • College/Licensure Requirements

Fall Term

  • ART 362 Art Methods and Experiences in Secondary Education
  • ART 490 Capstone Course (requires a mandatory pre-capstone meeting)
  • ART 491 Capstone Exhibition (.50 credit)
  • SEC 421 Theory and Practice for Developing Academic Literacies in K-12 Classrooms
  • SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration and Professional Practice (.25 credit)
  • College/Licensure Requirements

Spring Term

  • SEC 457 Student Teaching in Special Fields

January Term

January Term is typically used for additional studio electives, education requirements or both.

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