The Art Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences

Undergraduate Art Education Degrees

The mission of the Bachelor of Art Education (BAE) program at Eastern Michigan University is to prepare future art teachers (K-12) by fostering the development of their creative skills, critical thinking, and understanding of diverse perspectives in art as well as their professional education in teaching art using comprehensive and interdisciplinary approaches. The BAE certification program introduces students to contemporary visual art education theories and methods that focus on bringing critical, diverse, and meaningful art learning experiences to K-12 classrooms. The BAE correlates its program with the requirements of the BFA and BS programs that build a core foundation through studio experiences and art inquiries that examine the roles of art and of the artist in contemporary and historical societies. The BAE program supports the department-wide focus on student-centered learning, on excellence in teaching and on meeting the visual arts education state and national teacher preparation standards. The program meets the Michigan Standards for Visual Arts Education programs and the National Art Education Standards for Teacher Preparation Programs.

Eastern Michigan University offers the following undergraduate degrees in Art Education:

For the post-baccalaureate teacher certification admission requirements, please visit the Post-Baccalaureate Students page on the College of Education web site.

Art Education Program Requirements

Visual Arts Education Foundations (36 hours)

Art Foundation Courses

Art History/Inquiry Courses

Arts Studio Electives (12 hours)

Students must choose 2 electives in a 3-dimensional media and a minimum of 2 electives in a 2-dimensional media. All electives must be within different areas of concentration:

Area of Concentration (9 hours)

Select three courses from the above list of areas of concentrations.

Education Courses(43 cr. hrs.)

Pre-admission Phase: The Learner and the Community (10 hours)

The following courses can be taken prior to admission to the teacher education program:

Admission to the College of Education (COE) requires: Attending COE secondary group advising, GPA 2.5 or higher (overall and in Art), 56 cr. hrs. (at least 12 at EMU), pass of the MTCC Professional Readiness Examination, and application

Phase I: Curriculum, Assessment and the Social Context (12 hours)

The following courses require admission to the teacher education program

Phase II: Content Methods, Literacy and Technology (10 hours)

You are recommended to take and pass the MTTC Subject Area test (#95 Visual Arts Education) the semester before or of student teaching.

Phase III - must apply for student teaching in advance (by January 15 for fall or June 15 for winter)

All Visual Arts Education students (including double majors, second bachelors and additional endorsements) will be responsible for fulfilling student teaching requirements in visual arts.

Note: Students must receive a grade C or higher in all professional and methods courses.