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Art Education Major

Miami University has a rich tradition in training caring, competent, transformative art teachers. The Bachelor of Science in Art Education 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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Value diversity in individuals and school communities;
  2. Creative an organizational climate that supports learners in their physical, cognitive, and emotional growth;
  3. Demonstrate skill in planning, implementation, and evaluation;
  4. Synthesize and demonstrate their grounding in liberal education and their professional knowledge.

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.
  • Build relationships with peers in the student chapter of the National Art Education Association.
  • Present about your work at local, state and national art education conferences.
  • Collaborate with a general education teacher to plan and teach an art-integration lesson in a local school.
  • Build confidence in public speaking, presentation skills and advocacy through creating your own ARTed Talk.
  • Teach art to children from the Oxford community in the Saturday Art practicum before Student Teaching.
  • Gain experience student teaching at both elementary and secondary levels.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Art Education 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 46 semester hours in studio art and art history, 45 hours of professional education/art education 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 first year, and opportunities for research through case studies. Students will teach art to children/adolescents/adults in school and community settings and in Saturday Art, the art education practicum class. These experiences are followed by a capstone class, 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 Association (NAEA) 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.

Benchmarks of Performance for All Art Education Majors

Students who are accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Art Education 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. 

You will plan your program with an art education advisor in the Department of Art to demonstrate progress toward candidacy for licensure by successfully completing benchmarks and programmatic reviews. To become a candidate for licensure, you must successfully complete all requirements for graduation, including student teaching and the edTPA.

In addition, before receiving your teaching license from the Ohio Department of Education, you must pass two Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams: 006 Art Content Knowledge and 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12).

Please note that if you are planning to teach in a state other than Ohio after graduation, communicate early with your advisor. Some states require additional coursework, which can be worked into your program of studies with early planning.

Contact Us

Department of Art
124 Art Building
Oxford, OH 45056