Professor Maribea Barnes with students at an Art Education conference.
Professor Maribea Barnes with students at an Art Education conference.

The Art Education area of study prepares students for teaching art in elementary and secondary settings. Students complete foundational courses in general studies, education and in art and design.

The art education program of study provides students with a strong studio foundation. Courses in the School of Art and Design include: drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and fibers. Students also complete courses in art history and art education methods.

Art education courses center on a comprehensive approach. Comprehensive art education includes the study of visual culture and the four disciplines: art production, aesthetics, art criticism, and art history. During this course of study students examine methodologies for teaching art, they construct units of instruction, and formulate their teaching philosophy.

Professional education core classes provide students with knowledge in learning theories, assessment, classroom management, child development, and diversity. Students utilize and demonstrate their skills in several field experiences. For eligibility in the education core, students are required to complete the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).

The Bachelor of Art Education program culminates with a student teaching experience and a senior art exhibit. In order to attain a West Virginia teaching certificate, students will need to successfully complete Praxis II tests in Art Content Knowledge and The Principles of Learning and Teaching.