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2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Education Major


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The Art Education program at Nazareth College of Rochester strives to meet the National Art Education Association’s Standards for Art Teacher Preparation by employing an artist-teacher model. First prepared as artists, students are competent in creating artwork in both two and three-dimensional art forms based a sound foundation in art history, criticism and aesthetics. The Art Education program engages the student with knowledge about teaching and learning through the presentation and practice of skills in multiple pedagogical approaches. Our program blends theory with practice in field-based courses that provide real-life experience in area schools.  Nazareth College prepares art teachers who believe in a constructivist approach to teaching, creating meaningful, conceptual art experiences for their students, critically reflecting on their teaching practice and promoting the role visual art plays in the educational process.

Undergraduate Art Education majors must maintain a 2.7 overall GPA and a 3.0 average in studio art courses.  Students’ GPAs will be monitored each semester.


In addition to the Art Education Program courses, students must complete the New York State Certification Examinations required for certification:

  1. Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAST)
  2. Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATSW) (Because art certification is Birth –12, students may take either the Elementary or the Secondary version of the exam.)
  3. Content Area – Visual Arts (CST)

Transfer Students must complete a minimum of five studio art courses at Nazareth College.

The Art Education Program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.


Art Core


The Art Core is designed to provide fundamental knowledge in preparation for more advanced coursework in Art.

Required Courses for Art Education Majors


Studio Art Majors who have completed the Art Department Core and have been accepted in the Art Education Major are required to take the following studio art and art education courses:

Art Electives


Students must complete 9 additional studio credits. These electives offer the student an opportunity to concentrate in one studio area or pursue a multi-studio option.

Art Department Senior Experience


The senior capstone course in the Art Department deals with a variety of issues involving philosophical, cultural, political and aesthetic ideas about art, the function of art institutions and art media, and the individual artist.  In addition to reflective weekly and term papers, students will give presentations on the evolution of their work during their college careers.

Sample Program for Art Education Major


Freshman Year


  • Math and Science Perspectives I Credits: 7
As well as:

Sophomore Year


  • Perspectives I Credits: 6
  • Modern Foreign Language Credits: 6
As well as:

Junior Year


  • Perspectives I Credits: 9
  • Perspectives II Credits: 9
As well as:

Senior Year


  • Studio Art Credits: 9
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 6
As well as:

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