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Art Education

Miami University has a rich tradition in training caring, competent, transformative art teachers. The Bachelor of Science in Art with Multi-age Visual Arts Licensure program focuses on what teachers should know, be able to do, and perform successfully, first in assessments, prior to qualifying for a professional license. The Art Education Program curriculum specifically prepares students in the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions for teaching excellence.

At Miami, Art Education majors can:

  • pursue a professional license to teach Art (P-12; Age 3-21).
  • observe in the P-12 classroom and take classes in their major, year one.
  • choose to minor or "double major" in studio, or other majors.
  • collaborate with peers in the student chapter of the National Art Education Association.
  • teach art in a Pre-Service Practicum before Student Teaching.
  • be supervised by Art Specialists during Student Teaching.

The Bachelor of Science in Art with Multi-Age Visual Arts Licensure (BS in Art) includes requirements for State of Ohio Teacher Licensure (Pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve/age 3-21). It includes disciplinary course work in diversified studio areas, art history, teaching methods, theory-philosophy, art appreciation, curriculum development, and student teaching.

This program requires completion of 45 semester hours in studio art and art history, 46 hours of professional ed/art ed requirements, and the Global Miami Plan. In addition, some elective options are provided for the student to pursue studies in areas of special interest, minors, or double majors. Students enrolled in this program will also have special opportunities for observing learners in primary/secondary settings during their fist year, and opportunities for research through case studies. Students will teach art to children/adolescents/adults on-site and in the art ed Practicum class. These experiences are followed by a Capstone Class in Supervised Student Teaching in Art, where the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is performed.

Furthermore, Service Learning Opportunities exist beyond classroom curricula and are supported by the National Art Education Student Chapter, and individual faculty who believe that community outreach and service should be an integral part of a student’s University experience


The Art Education Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); North Central Association (NCA); the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). It incorporates the guidelines of the current Academic Content Standards for Visual Arts, Grades P-12;Ages 3-21), along with the Benchmarks, Indicators, and related standards of assessment.

Admission Requirements for the B.S in Art with Multi-Age Visual Arts License

The admission process for beginning students in the B.S. in Art within the Department of Art includes:

  • Submission of a portfolio of recent work through Slideroom and review by the Department of Art Faculty (see portfolio requirements)
  • Meeting appropriate admissions and academic standards

Please contact the Department of Art for the most current and detailed requirements of this portfolio review process. A student must plan his or her program with an art education advisor in the Department of Art and demonstrate progress toward candidacy for licensure by successfully completing benchmarks and programmatic reviews.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Students who were not initially admitted as art education majors may seek admission after:

  • Completion of ART 195
  • Completion of at least six hours of studio work
  • Enrollment in at least six additional hours of studio classes

Transfer admission into the program is contingent upon passing the “Art Education Review” which consists of:

  • Submit a cover letter indicating desire to transfer to art education major and URL of website (developed in ART 195) containing the following:
    • Images and captions of at least 10 college art works. High school artwork is permitted, but is not included in the 10.
    • Statement of intent and commitment to the profession of teaching art
    • Resume emphasizing work experience related to children/adolescents
  • Submit a printed copy of your DARS (via myMiami/BannerWeb) indicating a minimum GPA of 2.50

The Art Education Retention Policy, as outlined in Departmental literature, also requires all majors to demonstrate successful completion of progress reviews, including professional dispositions. Due to enrollment constraints, a limited number of transfer students are accepted each year. Transfer students into the Art Education Program will be assigned an Art Education Advisor when they become an official major.

Program Requirements (as of Academic Year 2015–16)

Bachelor of Science in Art with Multi-Age Visual Arts Licensure
(128 Credit Hour Degree Program in Art Education)

If in an earlier catalog year, please see advisor.

First Year

31 credit hours

ART 102, Color Theory (1.5)
ART 103, Creative Technology (1.5)
ART 104, Problem Solving or ART 105, Technical Drawing (1.5)
ART 106, Figure Drawing (1.5)
ART 111, Design and Composition (3)
ART 121, Observational Drawing (3)
ART 187, History of Western Art, Prehistoric to Gothic/GMP2a (3)
ART 188, History of Western Art, Renaissance – Modern/GMP2b (3) 
ART 195, Introduction to Art Education (3)
ART 281, Contemporary Art Forum (1)
GMPF (9)

Second Year

32 credit hours

ART 295, Elementary Art Methods (3)
ART 296, Secondary Art Methods (3)
EDP 201Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts/GMP2c (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231, 241, 255 or 257, 261, 264, or 271) (3)
200 lev.req studio (from ART 231, 241, 255 or 257, 261, 264, or 271) (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231, 241, 255 or 257, 261, 264, or 271) (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231, 241, 255 or 257, 261, 264, or 271) (3)
GMPF (9)
Electives (2)

Third Year

32 credit hours

ART 395, Art Across the Curriculum (3)
ART 493, Professional Dispositions in Art Education (3)
EDP 256, Psychology of Learners (3)
EDP 279, Technology + Media Literacy and Learning, or ART 255 (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231, 241, 255 or 257, 261, 264, or 271) (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231, 241, 255 or 257, 261, 264, or 271) (3)
300 lev studio focus (from: ART 331, 332, 341, 342, 357,358, 361,362, 364, 371, 372 (3)
Thematic Sequence (3)
MUS 226, Improving Reading Through the Music Content Area, or EDT 446A, Integrating Literacy Across the Content Areas (3)
GMPF (3)
Electives (2)

Fourth Year

34 credit hours

300 lev studio focus (from: ART 331, 332, 341, 342, 357,358, 361,362, 364, 371, 372) (3)
ART 495, Art Education Practicum (3)
Upper level Art History, choose one: (ART 286, 311, 312, 487, 489) (3)
Thematic Sequence (3)
ART 419, Supervised Student Teaching in Art (Capstone) (16)
GMPF (6)

Recommended thematic sequence:

EDP 1: EDP 256 and 2 of EDP 401, 457, 492, 493, Or

EDP 2: EDT 279, EDP 332, EDP 333, Or

EDP 3: EDP 279 or EDP 331, and 2 of IMS/EDP 225, EDP 443, EDP 446, EDP 447

Students must also complete all Global Miami Plan requirements.

The Miami University Bulletin series is the official source of information about the programs and courses of study offered by Miami University.

Benchmarks of Performance for All Art Education Majors

Students who are accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Art with Multi-Age Visual Arts Licensure Program will be continually assessed for continuation in the Program as indicated by specific academic performance, content standards, and professional dispositions for the Program. These benchmarks and specific indicators of competency for continuation in the program are outlined in the more specific literature of this program.

In addition, before receiving a Multi-Age Visual Arts License from the Ohio Department of Education, students must pass the Praxis II exam both for professional content (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and the more specific Art Content Knowledge, and The Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA), to apply for a provisional teacher license.