Art Education

Undergraduate art education coordinator- Dr. Rebecca P. Rohloff

 Art majors may choose to pursue an art teaching career by becoming a licensed visual arts specialist for a public elementary, middle or high school setting or other community art program. Our outstanding undergraduate initial art licensure program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and is co-supervised with the Chair of the Department of Adolescent Education and Leadership in the School of Education. Program coursework is strongly aligned to national and state standards. Professional affiliations include the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and the local state chapter of the MAEA, and the North Shore Art Teachers Association (NSATA). Dr Rohloff was awarded the 2013 Higher Ed Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association.

Students reap the benefit of building strong relationships with cooperating art teachers from school districts across and beyond the North Shore. Classroom observations and mini art lessons are practiced by pre-service teachers in our laboratory schools on or near campus, and community service opportunities include volunteer teaching in University sponsored activities such as the FASST Afterschool Program, summer camps, and other local art clubs and outreach programs.

Undergraduate Art Education Student Handbook

Salem State Art Education Program Philosophy
The goal of the undergraduate art education program is to develop reflective, critically minded students and teachers with the tools to foster among the learners they encounter the capacity for creative development, expression and visual inquiry.

Undergraduate Art Education Concentrations and Coursework
The program offers two licensure tracks, which qualifies students for teaching careers in either pre-kindergarten to elementary school (PreK-8 Concentration) or middle and high school (5-12 Concentration) link to flow sheet. 75 hours of art class observations within the designated age group is required as a necessary link between theory and the real world practice.

In addition to the liberal arts core, the art education concentration includes studio, art history, education, psychology, and US government-history courses.

The Art Education Courses includes:
• Art 300: Introduction to Teaching Art
• Art 307 or Art 339a: Preparation to Teach Art
• EDU 338a Teaching Art as Special Subject or EDU 345 Teaching in Middle-High School
• EDU 452P/PS or 453P/PS, Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar.

Under exceptional circumstances, a non-licensure alternative is provided for students who may not complete licensure requirements, or choose to serve non-credentialed programs outside of the public school system. This option completes the BA degree by replacing the 12-credit practicum with four alternative EDU courses, approved by both the EDU Chair and program advisor. If licensure is sought after graduation, students can apply for the TLP Teacher License Program.

A Second Major in Art 36 credit flow sheet is tailored for education majors in the early or elementary programs only, who wish to integrate the visual arts into the regular core classroom.