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K-12 Art Education Licensure

Elmhurst offers one of the area's few art education teacher licensure programs. Students may prepare to teach at the elementary, middle/junior high or high school level with K-12 certification. The art education program prepares you as an artist in your own right, and as a future teacher who will help your students develop their own visual literacy.

The art education program is certified by the State of Illinois Board of Education. Students interested in this field should identify themselves as early as possible to Mary Lou Stewart, director of the art education program, and to the education department, and confer regularly with their advisors.

Program Requirements
Suggested Sequence of Courses

Program Requirements
The program consists of the following:

The Art Department's Core Curriculum: ART 113, 115, 120, 125, 230, 235, 341, 342, 373, 443, 490, 491 and a 300-level studio elective
The art methods sequence: ART 361 and 362
EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession (.50 credit)
SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching in Diverse and Inclusive Schools (.25 credit)
SEC 310 Principles and Procedures in Middle and Secondary Education
SEC 311 Educational Psychology
SEC 421 Theory and Practice for Developing Academic Literacies in K-12 Classrooms
SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration and Professional Practice (.25 credit)
SEC 457 Student Teaching in Special Fields

Courses in speech, American history and American government, physical education, mathematics, and sciences are also required. Students wishing to receive a B.F.A. and art licensure must complete the required courses for both programs.

Transfer students, including those with a degree in art from another institution, seeking only Illinois teacher licensure in art education must take at least one full course from each of the following three categories from the Elmhurst College Department of Art: art history, studio, and art methods. Students with exceptional undergraduate qualifications or with post-graduate education in art may petition the director of the art education program to waive or modify this requirement.

Students are required to pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) to be admitted to a licensure program, the appropriate content area test prior to the student teaching semester, and the APT (Assessment of Professional Teaching) test prior to program completion.

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Suggested Sequence of Courses

FIRST YEAR
Fall Term
ART 115 Drawing Studio
ART 125 Design Studio
College/Licensure Requirements

Spring Term
ART 113 Introduction to Art Software
ART 120 Painting Studio
EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
College/Licensure Requirements

SECOND YEAR
Fall Term
ART 341 Survey History of Western Art
ART 230 Printmaking Studio
SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession (.50 credit))
College/Licensure Requirements

Spring Term
ART 342 Survey History of Modern Art
ART 235 Sculpture Studio
College/Licensure Requirements

THIRD YEAR
Fall Term
ART 361 Art Methods and Experiences for the Elementary and Middle School K-8
SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching in Diverse and Inclusive Schools (.25 credit)
SEC 310 Methods and Best Practices in Middle and Secondary Education
SEC 311 Educational Psychology
College/Licensure Requirements

Spring Term
ART 373 Survey of Non-European Art
ART 443 Issues in Contemporary Art: Theory and Practice Beyond the Modern
SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
Upper-level Art Studio
College/Licensure Requirements

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Term
ART 362 Art Methods and Experiences in Secondary Education
ART 490 Capstone Course
ART 491 Capstone Exhibition (.50 credit)
SEC 421 Theory and Practice for Developing Academic Literacies in K-12 Classrooms
SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration and Professional Practice (.25 credit)
College/Licensure Requirements

Spring Term
SEC 457 Student Teaching in Special Fields 

January Term is typically used for additional studio electives, education requirements, or both.

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