Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Art Education—Elementary, BAEd
What is the study of Art Education—Elementary?
The broad instructional concept is to integrate the components of art history, art criticism, and studio art courses, university courses, Gallery Exhibition Program and the permanent collection. The student learns to interpret, analyze and make intelligent judgments about art as well as learning the skills and concepts of the studio. A grasp of the dynamic nature of a culture and the continuing extension of its visual language is a fundamental objective.
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional program in elementary education. See the Elementary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
The B.A.Ed. in Art will prepare you to teach students at the elementary grade level. The program will introduce you to curricular design in the arts and the 4 components of Discipline Based Art Education which is an approach to the teaching of Art Education that encompasses criticism, history, aesthetics, and art studio.
The Department of Art Education is a professionally oriented program designed to prepare our students to teach art in the schools for grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The curriculum includes a strong studio emphasis in a variety of media, a comprehensive survey of both Western and culturally diverse art history, and a rich foundation in art education theory and practice.
- Gaye Leigh Green, Faculty
Western’s approach to Art Education has left me filling fully prepared to teach and make art after graduation. The faculty is fantastic and has worked to make an individualized plan to best fit my artistic and academic interests. I couldn’t have asked for better experiences in teaching students and creating work. The authentic instruction in art taught as Western will keep graduates in the forefront of the job market emphasizing that art remains about more than studio production, but also critical thought.
- Mariah Klemens, Student
- Art Educator
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