Art Education

Art Education Classroom

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.

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. 

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 on a CD of recent work reviewed by the Department of Art Faculty
  • 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
  • Enrolled in at least six additional hours of studio classes

Transfer admission into the program is contingent upon passing the “Art Education Review.” Students must:

  • Submit a thumb drive of college art work
  • Submit a statement of intent and commitment to the profession of art teaching
  • Submit a resume emphasizing work experience related to children/adolescents
  • Exhibit 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.


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.


Program Requirements (as of Academic Year 2014–15)

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
ART 111, Visual Fundamentals 2D (3)
ART 121, Drawing I (3)
ART 187, History of Western Art, Prehistoric to Gothic/GMP2a (3)
ART 171, Visual Fundamentals 3D  (3)
ART 122, Drawing II (3)
ART 188, History of Western Art, Renaissance – Modern/GMP2b (3) H
ART 195, The Profession of Art Education (3)
GMPF (9)
30 credit hours

Second Year
ART 295, Early Childhood Art Education (3)
ART 296, Middle to Adult Art Education (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)
32 credit hours

Third Year
ART 395, The Art Teacher (3)
ART 493, Art Curriculum in the School (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)
EDT 446A, Integrating Literacy Across the Content Areas (3)
GMPF (3)
Electives (2)
32 credit hours

Fourth Year
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)
34 credit hours

Recommended them seq: EDP 1:  EDP 256 and 2 of : EDP 401, 457, 492, 493,  Or  EDP 2:  EDT 279, EDP 332, EDP 333

Students must also complete all Global Miami Plan requirements.

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