Department of Art

B.S.E. Art Education

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The Department of Art offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.E.) degree in Art Education.

Teachers act as facilitators or coaches, using interactive discussions and “hands-on” approaches to help students learn and apply concepts in subjects such as science, mathematics, art, or English.  Teachers design classroom presentations to meet students’ needs and abilities. Public school teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved teacher education program, and be licensed.

Students will also work with the Education Department to ensure they are meeting requirements for teacher certification.

As a student in Western’s teacher education program, you will have plenty of opportunities for practical experience in the classroom early on to help you decide if a teaching career is right for you. Western’s program was one of the first in the nation to require its students to participate in elementary and secondary schools early in the program, rather than waiting until students are almost ready to graduate.

Career Opportunities

Art education students may be certified to teach kindergarten through 12th grade. Many Art education majors earn advanced degrees to become administrators, art critics, teacher supervisors and art therapists.  Western’s graduates are in high demand because school administrators across the state are familiar with the university’s excellent teacher education program.

Admission Requirements
Art Department

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in following courses:

  • ART 110 Beginning Drawing: Elementary drawing with the figure, still life, landscape, and perspective in various media.
  • ART 120 Two-Dimensional Design: Design principles and fundamentals in two-dimensional media using a problem-solving approach.
  • ART 130 Introduction to Tools and Techniques: Basic skills with studio hand tools and power equipment; emphasizes safety procedures. This course is a prerequisite for any studio art course except ART110 and ART120.
Education Department
  1. ACT score on file
  2. Passing C-Base score of at least 235
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater
  4. Successful completion of EED 202 and EED 203
  5. Successful background check.