Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Art Education—Specialist P-12, BAEd
What Is the Study of Art-P12?
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.
The Art P-12 major must be accompanied by the Secondary Education Professional Program offered through Woodring College of Education.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Students choose to study art in order to understand the history, traditions and conventions of art and art criticism, for herein lies the intelligible language of art and the heritage of humankind. The B.A. Ed. in Art will prepare you to teach this language and heritage to students, from pre-school to 12th grades. 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.
How to Declare:
Application for the major is made with a portfolio of 12 works.
It is recommended that the portfolio include only recent pieces. Artwork can be in any media. The portfolio will be reviewed by the Department of Art faculty and evaluated on the basis of a demonstrated understanding of the elements of visual art, technical proficiency and originality.
Application deadlines for currently enrolled Western students are October 15 and January 31. Application deadlines for new transfer students are October 15 (for students starting winter and spring quarters) and April 1 (for students starting at Western Fall Quarter). Application deadline for new freshman is January 31. Portfolios must be received by the deadline, not postmarked by the deadlines.
Send portfolio to:
Review Committee, Western Washington University
Fine Arts Complex, Room 116, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9068
In order to graduate, students must also be admitted to the Secondary Education Professional Program.
Applying to the Secondary Education Professional Program:
Admission to both Western Washington University and Secondary Education is required before a teacher candidate may begin taking courses in education. Post-baccalaureate teacher candidates must apply to WWU and Secondary Education for the same quarter. Requirements include:
- Undergraduate teacher candidates should have completed all GUR’s and 60-80% of their major endorsement credits. Those with less than 60% should contact a secondary faculty advisor before applying.
- Post baccalaureate teacher candidates should have a degree in their academic major.
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher overall or for the last 45 credits
- WEST-B test scores. This test is offered 6 or 7 times a year at various sites in the State. For details on registration and fees refer to the WEST-B website www.west.nesinc.com.
- Two letters of recommendation addressing your potential for success in teacher education. One letter must be from someone who can attest to your academic ability and knowledge in your academic major (ie: professor).
- Completion of an English composition course with a grade of B or higher
Application materials: Printable from www.wce.wwu.edu/Admiss
See Also: Secondary Education Professional Program Guide.
Students intending to complete a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education degree in Art-P-12 within four years should complete the following courses by the start of their junior year. Students are expected to follow all prerequisite requirements for courses and seek early departmental advisement.
- ART 109, 110, 120, 130, 24 credits of 200-300 level courses
Mid-Program Checkpoint Activities:
- Meet with departmental advisors in both Art and Education. Arrange to take the West B and West E
- ART 109 Visual Dialogue (3 cr)
- ART 110 Form and Content I: Drawing (3 cr)
- ART 120 2-Dimensional Design/Color (3 cr)
- ART 130 Form and Content III: 3-D (3 cr)
- ART 381 Theories and Teaching Strategies in Art Education (4 cr)
- A/HI 220 Visual Culture in Ancient Greece and Rome (3 cr)
- A/HI 221 Visual Culture in Medieval Europe (3 cr)
- A/HI 230 Visual Culture in Western Europe 1400-1550 (3 cr)
- A/HI 231 Visual Culture in Western Europe 1550-1700 (3 cr)
- A/HI 240 Visual Culture in Western Europe in the 19th Century (3 cr)
- Six courses from:
- ART 210 Introduction to Printmaking (4 cr)
- ART 220 Painting (4 cr)
- ART 230 Beginning Sculpture (4 cr)
- ART 240 Ceramics (4 cr)
- ART 260 Fibers/Fabrics I (4 cr)
- ART 290 Photography (4 cr)
- DSGN 240 Visual Communication II
- Two courses from:
- A/HI 270 Visual Culture in South and Southeast Asia (3 cr)
- A/HI 271 Visual Culture in East Asia (3 cr)
- A/HI 310 Indigenous Arts of the Pacific Northwest (4 cr)
- A/HI 368 Pacific Arts and Visual Culture (4 cr)
- A/HI 370 Islamic Visual Cultures (4 cr)
- A/HI 371 Transforming Traditions: Art and Visual Culture in Japan (4 cr)
- A/HI 411 Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture (4 cr)
- Studio specialization (10 credits)
- Select from 300-and 400-level ART or DSGN courses under advisement
- Complete professional preparatory program in Secondary Education.
Secondary Education Professional Program Requirements (68 credits)
- EDUC 301 - Educational Psychology I: Development and Individual Differences
- EDUC 302 - Educational Psychology II: Motivation, Learning and Assessment
- EDUC 310 - Education, Culture, and Equity
- I T 444 - Classroom Use of Instructional Technology (Secondary)
- SEC 410 - Dynamics of Teaching
- SEC 411 - Philosophical Foundations of Education
- SEC 425 - Developmental Reading, Writing and Learning in Secondary Schools
- SEC 430 - Secondary School Methods I - Instructional Strategies, Daily Planning, and Standards
- SEC 431 - Secondary School Methods II-Assessment and Long Term Planning
- SEC 432 - Secondary School Methods III - Management, Motivation and Discipline
- SEC 433 - Teaching Laboratory
- SEC 435 - Middle Level Practicum
- SEC 436 - Secondary School Practicum
- SEC 495 - Internship - Secondary
- SPED 363 - Secondary Students With Special Needs
These courses are offered within this major and may be used to satisfy GUR or Writing Proficiency Requirements.
- HUM: ART 109; A/HI 220, 221, 230, 231, 240, 241
- ACGM: A/HI 270 or 271
- Art Educator
- Art Therapy
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