Bachelor of Science in Art (with Multi-Age Visual Arts Licensure) | School of Creative Arts
What is Art Education?
The art education program prepares you for licensure as an art teacher in Ohio Public Schools from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Key components of this major include classes taught by art professors that are specifically geared toward teaching art to children.
What are the features of Miami's program?
Miami's art department, accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, brings together students of varied interests and talents: students who are studying to be practicing artists, students who are preparing to be art teachers, and students who are concentrating on art history. Often, art classes are composed of students from each of these three areas. This enriches and broadens exposure to different points of view.
Extensive classroom experience
Our teacher education program gives you more classroom experiences than most programs at other universities. Early in your second year, you get a feel for teaching by spending time in school classrooms. In methodology of teaching classes, you spend a quarter of the term in schools, working directly with teachers. And during the semester of student teaching, you are regularly visited by a Miami student-teaching supervisor for consultation and guidance.
Professional education sequence
Teaching requires such knowledge as the characteristics of learners, social structures of schools, families and communities, assessment techniques, classroom practices, law, statistics, electronic support systems, curriculum, and resources. In the professional education sequence, you investigate this knowledge and combine it with extensive experiences in a variety of schools. As you progress through the professional education sequence, you spend increasing time with experienced teachers in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural schools. Your experiences will range from helping individual students in the schools to being responsible for an entire classroom of students.
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, NCATE, and the State of Ohio Department of Education Teacher Licensure Standards, the program is in compliance with guidelines from Ohio's Academic Content Standards K-12 Fine Arts and the National Art Education Association.
Are there special admission requirements?
Yes, your admission into the art education program is judged on a portfolio that you must submit for review. The purpose of the review is to assess artistic potential, to approve admission to the department, and to award departmental scholarships. Students who are denied admission in their initial attempt may apply a second time after successfully completing ART 190.E and 201, which may be taken concurrently. In addition, a student should have completed at least six hours of studio work with at least six additional hours of studio classes in process.
What courses would I take?
The art education licensure program requires courses in studio art, art history, and education. This program features five courses that specifically prepare you for teaching art in the classroom. Classes are content-specific, and many have a hands-on component. Beginning with the first class that you take, you work with children in a school setting.
This program also requires you to take classes within the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. Through the plan's foundation courses, you'll hone skills such as thinking critically, understanding contexts, reflecting and acting, and engaging with other learners. These courses are in the broad discipline areas of English composition, fine arts, humanities, social science, world cultures, natural science, formal reasoning, and in the social foundations of education. The principles and content of the foundation are the basis for the professional education sequence and the content specialization.
What can I do with this major?
Most graduates of the program teach art in public, private, or parochial schools, or in schools for special children. Others may work in fields related to education, such as museum or gallery work.