Bachelor of Science | College of Creative Arts
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.
Miami's art department, accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, brings together students of varied interests and talents: students that are studying to be graphic designers, 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 areas. This enriches and broadens exposure to different points of view.
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.
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.
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 195. 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.
The art education licensure program requires courses in studio art, art history, and education. This program features six courses that specifically prepare you for teaching art in the classroom. Classes are content-specific, and many have a hands-on component.
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.