OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A grade of C or higher is required in each course required for the major.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the major.
Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: 12 credits of EHD 494 or 3-6 credits of Alternative Capstone
Contact Information: Andy Mauery, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Art, 107 Lord Hall, (207) 581-3245
The Department of Art offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education, which provides a liberal arts program of study while preparing students as teachers of the visual arts. Completion of this NCATE approved program leads to certification as an art teaching specialist in the State of Maine, grades K-12, as well as preparing students for employment in a variety of community-based sites where formalized art instruction occurs. Many students go on to further study at the Graduate Level.
The BA in Art Education includes coursework in the social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics as well as in focus areas of the visual arts and education. Study in the visual arts includes 15 credits in Art Education, 40 credits of art studio (34 in required courses, 6 in studio electives); 18 credits of art history. In addition, students are required to complete 15-24 credits of professional education coursework, including the capstone experience. In order to complete the 120 credits required for graduation, art education students may need to take 6-9 credits of coursework as an overload (over 15 credits per semester) or during summer sessions. Students completing the BA in Art Education also receive minors in Studio Art and Art History.
Options in Art Education
Art education is a field of research, study, and practice, which has expanded beyond public school art teaching. Undergraduate study in art education not only prepares a student for teaching certification, but also for graduate work in specialized areas of art education and related fields of study. Some art education majors choose careers in museum education, art therapy, community arts education, arts administration, or other fields, which involve working closely with people and art. The Department of Art offers students an opportunity to concentrate in developmental disabilities through enrollment in the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor in affiliation with the Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics Center at Eastern Maine Medical Center and its cooperating agencies. (See the University Wide Academic Programs in the Index.)
Students working toward degrees in studio art and art history who wish to prepare for certification as an art teaching specialist in the State of Maine may fulfill the requirements for teacher certification by completing required studio, art history, art education, and professional education courses, including the student teaching practicum.
The requirements listed on this page are specific to this particular major. Students are also responsible for meeting any graduation requirements set out by their college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) should make sure to review those requirements as stated on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences page of the catalog.