Teacher Education Program
In the Teacher Education program, art education majors experience a breadth and depth of theory and practice. They acquire a sound knowledge and idea base and also develop skills and resources for teaching.
The undergraduate Art Education program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of teaching in the public schools. In order to teach art, one must understand creative processes and have a working knowledge of art as well as the skills and understandings of a teacher. Within this context, creative thinking as well as organizational and communication skills are promoted as necessities for success in all careers. In the program, students learn about children and their developmental patterns, teaching methodologies in art, classroom procedures, visual arts media, and current trends in Art Education. Students learn to apply knowledge of Art History, aesthetic awareness, and analysis to experiences appropriate for children of all ages.
Quality student teaching assignments are made at two different grade levels in schools across the state. Successful candidates are able to be certified to teach art in Illinois public schools grades K-12. ISU graduates teach art in public and private schools throughout the state and in many locations outside Illinois.
Students pursue a Bachelors Degree in Science through the Art Education Sequence in conjunction with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. As part of the preparation for certification, undergraduates successfully complete requirements in several different areas.
The leader in the state for Art Education!
Illinois State University is proud to be a leader in producing quality teachers. The university is recognized nationally as the second-largest producer of teachers among American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education institutions. Nearly one of every seven teachers in the classrooms of Illinois public schools holds a degree from Illinois State. Learn more about Teacher Education at Illinois State University
For more detailed information about these programs including program requirements, course descriptions and prerequisites, please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.
The Art Teacher Education area is currently reviewing portfolios for admission to the sequence for Fall 2012 (this pertains to junior-level students ready to begin the first semester of sequential education courses--Art 201 and C&I 212--in Fall 2012) and for subsequent semesters. Interested students may contact Mr. Wayne Beckner at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an interview appointment. Any questions may be directed to Deanna Deatrick and Nancy Fewkes, academic advisors in the School of Art, at 438-5622.
National Art Education Association (NAEA) Chapter
Visit the website of the Student Chapter of NAEA at Illinois State University.