Bachelor of Arts in EducationArt Education (K-12)

Majoring in Art Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective art teacher (K-12) and lifelong learner. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 85 to 89 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the art education curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

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Art Education (K-12) Curriculum Overview

An Art Education major at Concordia University prepares a student to teach K-12 art in and out of Minnesota. Students gain sophisticated knowledge of the field and the effective teaching skills needed to pass along that knowledge to their future students. Successful students have futures in any school setting, or they may attend graduate school for advanced degree work.

General Education Courses (6 credits) not counted in totals
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 101 Approaching Art 2
PSY - 101 Introduction to Psychology 4

This course lays the foundation for approaching visual art by introducing fundamental aspects of the nature of art and art making. The course will investigate four areas which are key to appreciating art. These four units will include the importance perceptual skills, the nature of the creative process, the place of art in its cultural context, and the role and processes of abstraction. The course will involve looking at art, reading, writing and speaking about art using acquired vocabulary and knowledge.

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This course introduces the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic and social-cultural perspectives are explored. Topics such as scientific method, statistical reasoning, neuroscience, learning, cognitive processes, development, psychological adjustment, therapy, social psychology, diversity and community are studied.

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Prerequisite Courses (16-20 credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 111 Drawing I 3
ART - 221 Painting I 3
ART - 241 Photography I 3
ART - 261 Ceramics I 3
PSY - 220 Adolescent Psychology 4
PSY - 210 Child Psychology and Dev 4
PSY - 215 Child & Ad Dev Psy for K-12 Ed 4

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with fundamental techniques and concepts of drawing. In that basic skill building is the core of this course it is a very approachable class for non-art majors. Although some history of drawing will be presented learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

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This course is designed to introduce students with fundamental concepts in oil and/or acrylic painting. Historical and contemporary approaches to painting will be addressed. Non-art majors can also succeed in this course.

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This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of photographic practices and processes. The use and operation of the 35mm film camera, experimental and traditional black and white darkroom techniques and new digital technologies will be taught through demonstration and assigned projects. Photographic history and criticism will also be introduced. Portfolio production will be the main form of assessment in this introductory course.

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This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of contemporary ceramic art. Students will see and also investigate sculptural and vessel forms in clay, along with the relationship of drawing to the creative process. Although significant clay art history and technology will be taught, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

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This course examines developmental phenomena of adolescence, its physiological, emotional, cognitive, parent-child, social, vocational and religious dimensions, with opportunity for personal exposure to youth's needs and interacting societal institutions. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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A broad sketch of human growth and development is provided from the prenatal stages to the adolescent years. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies of children at the studentsÀ projected levels of teacher certification are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course will provide K through 12 educators an understanding of human growth and development from the prenatal stages through adolescence. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies, examining various aspects of child and adolescent development, are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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Required Content Courses (29 credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 102 2D Design 3
ART - 211 Illustration 3
ART - 251 Sculpture I 3
ART - 472 19th & 20th Cntry Art & Dsgn 4
ART - 202 Digital Art I 3
ART - 302 Digital Art II 3
ART - 331 Relief Printmaking 3
ART - 332 Screen Printmaking 3
ART - 374 Art Of Mexico 4
ART - 375 Art of Asia 4
ART - 376 Ethnographic Art 4

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for two-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic two-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

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This course introduces the technical and conceptual skills for successful illustration. It is an important foundation for all design and applied arts fields.

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This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of contemporary sculpture. Both additive and reductive sculpture will be explored as students are introduced to both traditional and non-traditional sculpture media. Students will also investigate the relationship of drawing to the sculptural process. Although some 19th and 20th C. sculpture history will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART101, ART103 or consent of instructor)

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This course examines the revolutionary developments in painting, sculptural and architectural traditions from the 19th C. as well as the Modernist traditions of the first half of the 20th C. and the initial Post-Modern trends that follow. The course links these artistic developments with world-wide cultural influences. In addition, special attention is given to the history of design. (Prerequisite: ART272)

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This introductory course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of design using computer technology as the primary medium. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create designs with a variety of design software programs. Although technological and ethical issues in the field will be addressed, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART102, or consent of instructor).

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This course is designed to expand studentsÀ facility in using the computer to solve more complex problems. Students will build on drawing, composition and computer skills to create designs with a variety of design software programs. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal voice with the computer. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART202 or consent of instructor)

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This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of relief and intaglio printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of prints. Techniques covered will include woodcut, linocut, collagraph, and monoprints. Although some history of printmaking will be presented learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

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This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of silkscreen printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of silkscreen prints. Techniques covered will include cut, painted and photographic stencils. Although some history of printmaking will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART111)

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This course is intended to provide a survey of the history of Mexican art. It is arranged in three parts starting with pre-conquest indigenous cultures, which will be the majority of the course emphasis. It will also include the Colonial Period and Revolutionary Art. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

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This course is intended to provide a survey of the history of Asian art. It is arranged in three parts starting with India and Southeast Asia, then moving to China and finishing with Korea and Japan. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion, trade and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art.

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This course is intended to provide a survey of non-western, world art. It is arranged in multiple units, which will sample ethnographic art from across the world. Cultures from West Africa, the Near East and the Far East, indigenous cultures from the Americas and Oceanic cultures will be surveyed. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

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Required Content Courses (40 credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 201 Foundations & Intro to Edu 3
CHD - 422 Human Diversity & Relations 3
ED - 336 Educational Psychology 3
ED - 346 Effective Middle School Teach 2
ED - 347 Effective Secondary Teacher 2
ED - 439 The Inclusive Classroom 2
ED - 487 Reading Across Content Areas 3
KHS - 470 Health Education for Teachers 2
ED - 447 Teaching Elementary Art 1
ART - 387 Art in Secondary Education 2
ED - 471 Student Teaching 4

Concordia's teacher education program and its conceptual framework are introduced to students in this course. This course introduces students to the philosophical, historical, sociological, and legal foundations upon which current educational theory and practice is constructed. During the duration of the course students need to register for required MTLE Basic Skills Test (additional fee). A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. Admission to Program is an outcome including development of efolio and admittance to program interview.

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The purpose of this course is to expand our understanding of the influences of gender, culture, economic situation, learning styles, and language on the socialization of children, and then how to use this new understanding to form the way we program for and interact with children.

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This course applies the basic principles of human development and behavior to the classroom situation. Emphasis is given to the teacher education conceptual framework, theoretical backgrounds in learning, and their application to the classroom. Topics include the characteristics of children, student variability, educational planning and instructional objectives, classroom management and assessment. A 15 hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included.

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The historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical aspects of the middle school are studied. Discussion and activities focus on the purposes, functions and implications of the curriculum and the learner. Students explore middle school teaching practice and student learning in the classroom and current middle school organization and practice. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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This course provides a study of the purposes, history, philosophy, organization, operation, students, curriculum, teaching practices, and current problems of secondary schools in the United States. Emphasis is on the knowledge and skills necessary to teach effectively in a secondary school. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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Prospective educators are introduced to legislation and practices related to the inclusion of students with unique learning needs into regular classrooms. Topics include the classroom teacher's role is assessing, developing, and implementing unique learning experiences and managing group and individual behaviors. A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. (Prerequisite: upper level standing)

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The range of standardized and informal assessment options will be studied. Techniques will include the administration of procedures including analyzing data and making instructional and placement decisions. Communication of results to students' parents, caregivers and other professionals; impact on career skills affecting employability; and ethical issues will be discussed. (Prerequisite to Student Teaching.)

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This course investigates personal and community health issues facing society and especially children. The National Health Education Standards and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Priority Health Risk Behaviors are addressed. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program)

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This course seeks to develop in the prospective elementary school teacher the fundamental understandings, attitudes and skills needed for the effective teaching of art in the elementary school. (Prerequisites: ART101 Approaching Art and admission to Teacher Education Program.) Enrollment is concurrent with ED371 Teaching Practicum..

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This course guides prospective junior and senior high school art teachers in understanding the spirit of art teaching and equips them with knowledge and skills necessary for successful teaching. Students will be involved in practical problems of school art both in the classroom and outside the classroom. The course deals with aesthetics, critical program evaluation, research, history and skill building and idea awareness in Discipline Based Art Education. (Prerequisite: acceptance in education program or consent of instructor)

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Student teaching provides direct teaching experience for students to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in classrooms for young children. Typically, students are assigned to work with two cooperating teachers in two different classrooms for one full semester. Seminars are held on campus and a capstone portfolio is required. (Birth-Grade 3 Practicum.)

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Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits. | A teaching licensure is recommended by the university after completion of requirements for the desired license and is granted by the state of Minnesota.

Meet Your Professors

Keith Williams Department of Art Chairperson, Professor of Art and Art History

Keith's passion for art and for quality teaching has led him to do workshops across the United States, to jury ceramic exhibition and to exhibit his own work.

Diane Harr Assistant Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education and Chair of Undergraduate/Initial Licensure Programs

Harr coordinates and teaches in graduate special education programs and undergraduate criminal justice.

Career Potential

You’ll also keep it real in a series of classes, field experiences, and student teaching opportunities that make for an effective blend of theory and practice, plus participation in a senior art major group exhibition. Because we design our art education program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career teaching art in grades K-12 within private or public elementary and secondary schools.

  • Art Teacher (Private School)
  • Art Teacher (Public School

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