Art Education

Alan Mette
143 Art and Design Building, 408 East Peabody, Champaign
PH: (217) 333-0855

For the Degree Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education

The curriculum in art education requires 130 credit hours and prepares students for positions as teachers of art in the public and private schools, grades kindergarten through twelve. The program places emphasis on theory, methods, materials, processes, and practice teaching in Illinois schools. For teacher education requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education.

Council on Teacher Education policy requires that all candidates for a teacher education program pass one of the Illinois-approved basic skills tests prior to admission. The Illinois State Board of Education approved basic skills testing options include the ACT Plus Writing/SAT or the Test of Academic Proficiency. Detailed information is available at In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain a UIUC cumulative grade-point average of 2.5, content area course GPA of 3.0, and professional education course GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0). Candidates should consult their art education advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

Contact: Mark Avery
Coordinator of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
School Office: 140 Art and Design Building, Champaign, 333-6632,

Students in the School of Art and Design must complete the Campus General Education requirements. Some Art and Design courses will also apply toward the General Education requirements.

A portfolio review is required for admission to the School of Art and Design.

Art Education Requirements

Art education courses are applicable to professional education requirements for teacher certification.

Art Education Requirements 1
ARTE 201Foundations of Art Education3
ARTE 202Methods of Teaching Art3
ARTE 203Everyday Arts Lab3
ARTE 204Practicum Teaching Experience4
ARTE 301Early Field Art Teaching3
ARTE 302Public School Art Programs3
Professional Education
PSYC 100Intro Psych4
EPS 201Foundations of Education3
EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
Student Teaching
ARTE 401Teaching Seminar4
EDPR 438Educational Practice in Special Fields5
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education5
Art Foundation
ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
ARTF 102
ARTF 104
Observational Drawing
and Expressive Drawing
ARTF 103
ARTF 105
Design I
and Design II
Art and Design Requirements
ARTS 250Life Drawing3
ARTS 251Beginning Painting3
ARTS 254Painting II3
or ARTS 252 Making and Meaning
Art History
Select two of the following (all meet a general education requirement; credit will not be given for both ARTH 112 and ARTH 115):8
Ancient to Medieval Art
Renaissance to Modern Art
Introduction to African Art
Introduction to East Asian Art
Art in a Global Context
Advanced art history (200-level or above)3
Art and Design electives (Art and Design courses not in Art Education requirements or used in Arts and Design requirements) 118
Open electives as needed to total 130 hour degree in consultation with advisor
Total hours130