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Bachelor of Art Education (B.A.E.)

Program Philosophy

The Art Education curriculum prepares students for leadership positions as teachers of art in the public schools, grades kindergarten through 12, and other art education venues.

The program involves students in four semesters of extensive field experiences in diverse settings of schools and museums around Indianapolis. Here students are mentored in the reflective practice of teaching young people to create and respond to art in today’s world. Art Education students are grounded in a curriculum rich in art history and culture, art criticism and theory, aesthetics, and studio. Students examine visual development of young people and practice constructing learning environments where social imagination and skills of visual literacy flourish. The Herron School of Art and Design and our colleagues in the School of Education share a commitment to preparing teachers of the 21st century who recognize the needs of diverse populations in a quickly changing global world and their responsibility of creating curricula of social justice for all students.

All students at Herron School of Art and Design are exposed to the rich studio experience of a nationally known art school and an intensive freshman foundation. Students submit portfolios for admission into the Art Education Program during their sophomore year and enter the two year program beginning junior year. Indiana law and the Professional Standards Board policy require that all candidates for a teacher education program pass the Pre Professional Skills Test of Basic Skills prior to admission. In order to be recommended for certification candidates are required to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0, content area course GPA of 3.0, and professional education course GPA of 2.8. Candidates should consult their Art Education advisor for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

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