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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Education Major (B.S.)

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The Art Education program offers a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with New York State Initial Teacher Certification, Birth-Grade 12. Committed to developing well-rounded artist-teacher-researchers, the mission is to prepare students to become practicing artists and knowledgeable, reflective professional educators capable of teaching visual arts in diverse contexts and advancing change in the field.  The program blends theory and research with extensive field placement practice in area schools and Nazareth’s Saturday Art School. The B.S. Art Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and registered with the New York State Department of Education.

Note - Transfer students must complete a minimum of five studio art courses at Nazareth College.

Program leads to: New York State Initial Certification in Art Education, B-12

Program Standards and Eligibility for Certification

  • New York State requires a 2.7 GPA in all academic coursework;
  • The Art Education program requires a 3.0 GPA in all education, art education, studio coursework;
  • Student overall GPA’s are monitored each semester, Art Education major GPA’s will be monitored after the student has completed 12 credits inside the major, and letters of Academic Warning and/or Dismissal from the program will be sent accordingly;

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
For students meeting the GPA requirements for Teacher Certification, teacher candidates are required to take and pass three New York State Certification exams:

  1. Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  2. Content Specialty Test-Visual Arts (CST)
  3. Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

Additional Certification Requirements
In addition to the Certification exams listed above, prior to student teaching, New York State requires training–satisfied by a series of live and online workshops–in Health Education and Prevention of Violence; Prevention and Intervention Training in Harrassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools; and Bloodborne Pathogen Training.

Filing for Certification
Teacher candidates who have successfully completed the above requirements, program coursework (listed below), and Student Teaching will complete Fingerprinting and a Background Check and pay the fees in effect at the time they apply, using the NYS TEACH system to formally file for their Initial Certification. For more information please see the School of Education  section of the catalog.

Additional Support
Additional support may be obtained by contacting the Nazareth College Teacher Certification Office at (585) 389-2591 or by email at tcert@naz.edu, or http://www.naz.edu/education/teacher-certification.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Art Elective

Students must complete one additional studio courses (3 credits)

Foreign Language Requirement

  • Students must complete six credits in a Modern Foreign Language.

Art Education Senior Experience

The Art Education Senior Experience is completed during the student teaching semester. Students reflect on their art and teaching beliefs and create an electronic Professional Artist-Teacher portfolio.

Sample Program for Art Education Major

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGW 101 Exposition  (LA) 3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research  (LA) 3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 PEQ (LA) 3
PEQ - FYS (LA) 3 Foreign Language II (LA) 3
Foreign Language I (LA) 3 ART 107 Drawing II   3
ART 101 2D Design  or
ART 102 3D Design    
3 ART 101 2D Design  or
ART 102 3D Design  
ART 106 Drawing I   3    
Health & Wellness 0 Take ALST certification exam  
Total Semester Credits 16 Total Semester Credits 15
Fall Semester Spring Semester
PEQ (LA) 3 PEQ (LA) 3
PEQ -Lab 3 SPF 204 History and Philosophy of Education   (LA) 3
AED 305 Foundations of Learning in the Arts   1 ART 216 Printmaking: Relief  or ART 217 Printmaking: Etching and Intaglio   3
AHI 271 History of Art: Survey I  (LA) 3 AHI.Q 272 Survey II: Late Renaissance thru 19th Century Art History   (VPA PEQ) (LA) 3
ART 211 Painting I    3 ART 231 Ceramics: Introduction to Handbuilding   3
AVCD 154 Digital Imaging Foundation for Design  (with Lab) 4 AED 308L Saturday Art School Assistant   1
Total Semester Credits 17 Total Semester Credits 16
Must have passed ALST certification exam.
Fall Semester Spring Semester
AED 302 History & Theory of Teaching Diverse Learners in Visual Art Education   3 AED 354 Issues in Art Education    3
AED 308 Introduction to Curriculum and Lesson Planning   3 AED 354L Saturday Art School Teaching Lab   2
PEQ (LA) 3 PEQ (LA) 3
Integrative Studies Course #1 (LA) 3 PEQ (LA) 3
AHI 273 Introduction to 20th Century Art  (LA) 3 Integrative Studies Course #2 (LA) 3
EDU 475 Health Education, Child Abuse, and Violence Prevention Workshop   0 EDU 485 Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training)   0
    CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
Total Semester Credits 15 Total Semester Credits 14
Summer before senior year, take EAS certification and CST in Visual Arts exam.
CME may be taken over the summer; Liberal Arts or studio course also a summer option.
Fall Semester Spring Semester
AED 454 Professional Development in Art Education      4 ART 365 Issues in Art  (LA) 3
AED 465 Student Teaching Birth - Grade 12  6 ART 221 Photography I   3
AED 466 Reflective Seminar in Art Education  3 Studio Elective (3D) 3
AED 499 Art Education Portfolio  0 Liberal Arts Elective #1 (LA) 3
Take edTPA, register with NYS TEACH system,   Liberal Arts Elective #2 (LA) 3
     and apply for certification      
Total Semester Credits 13 Total Semester Credits 15


  • Bold  courses are only offered in Fall or Spring.
  • The BS degree program can accommodate a study abroad only in the sophomore year,  so plan accordingly.
  • Liberal Arts courses are noted with LA (60 credits required).

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