The Art Education curriculum includes preparation in areas of studio production, art history, art criticism and aesthetics. Students are given numerous opportunities for “hands-on” classroom experience. Art education students, for example, teach art enrichment classes in the community as preparation for the student teaching experience.
One of the major strengths of the art education program is that it is housed within the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Further, program coordination between art education and all studio art areas is comprehensive. MSU’s art education program is approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Art Education has 1,296 square feet studio space open 24 hours a day. Individual studio spaces for students with an emphasis in the art education area are available when they register for upper-level studio courses.
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ART 341 Fundamentals of Elementary School Art (3). Survey of the profession of art education at the elementary school level. Provides students with a combination of clinical and field experiences. Laboratory and lecture experiences in elementary school art materials and teaching methods including philosophies and objectives in contemporary use and observations. This course is designed for the art major, the classroom teacher, and the administrator. Prerequisite: EDU 103. Six hours per week. Cannot be used as a general education credit.
ART 342 Fundamentals of Secondary School Art (3). Survey of the profession of art education at the junior and senior high school levels. Provides students with a combination of clinical and field experiences. A course similar to ART 341 with emphasis upon teaching of art on the junior and senior high school levels and the supervision of art programs. Organization of the course includes lectures, discussions, individual and group research, observation and laboratory problems. Prerequisite: ART 341. Six hours per week. Cannot be used as a general education credit.
ART 343 Art Materials and Techniques for the Classroom Teacher (3). A studio course designed to provide prospective teachers with the necessary art-making skills in a variety of media and techniques. Class sessions will include demonstrations and experimentation leading to decision-making, manipulation of materials and techniques, and critical assessment of finished work. Six hours per week. Not for art majors. ART 343 does not apply to studio minor.