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Art Education, BA, Dr. Kristin Baxter with students

Art Education, BA

Teacher Certification in Art Education PK-12

The art education program at Moravian College places child-centered teaching and learning theories into practice. As children and adolescents create works of art about big ideas that matter to themselves and others, they are problem-solving and problem-seeking. As they create works of art based on ideas shaped through dialogue with their peers and teachers, they are constructing new knowledge about their experiences in and through the world. They do so in an atmosphere that emphasizes cooperative, student-directed, and peer-group teaching and learning strategies. The primary outcome of this approach is that through the creation and sharing of personal meaning-making, students foster a greater understanding of themselves and others and awaken to alternative possibilities in the world. Art education provides an opportunity for children to respond to the question, “must things be as they are?” In doing so, they cultivate a more peaceful and socially just world and education becomes transformative.

Child-centered lesson units based on this philosophy and written by our pre-service art educators vigorously meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Standards for the Visual Arts and Common Core Standards. Moreover, because it is child-centered, this philosophy supports educators in teaching students with diverse needs, such as students who are learning the English language and those with disabilities. To carry out the ambitious goals set forth within this mission of art education, pre-service art educators at Moravian College develop and sustain their own studio art practice and use it to tell their pedagogy. In doing so, art educators come to understand their studio practice as research, as the place where they are constructing new knowledge. Through the mastery of art processes and techniques, the understanding of materials and their potential for shaping ideas, the pre-service educator calls on these experiences as he or she writes curricula that support and challenge the artistic, cognitive and social development and learning styles of all children.

Moravian College encourages art education students to join the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). NAEA is the professional organization for art teachers, museum educators, higher education faculty, and college students earning their degrees in art education, museum studies, art therapy, and related fields. By joining NAEA, you automatically become a member of PAEA and you are eligible to join our NAEA Student Chapter.

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Link to Open Art Education Program Courses Sheet, a Two Page Document

Art Education Major Four-Year Schedule/ Sequential Requirements:

1st year

  • Fall
    EDUC 100.2, Intro. to the Education of English Language Learners
    ART 142 Visual Foundations: Composition, Color & Design
    ART 170 Drawing I
  • Spring
    EDUC 160 Culture, Community & Diversity: Intro. to Critical Pedagogy
    (40 hour Stage 1 & 2 Field Exp./ fulfills M3)
    ART 270 Drawing II

2nd year

  • EDUC 130 Student Development & Instructional Design
    (40 hr. Stage 1 & 2 Field Exp.)
  • Fall
    ART 113 Art History Survey: Caves to Cathedrals
    ART 180 Painting I
  • Spring
    EDUC 250 Art and Child Development
    ART 114 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Abstraction
    ART 280 Painting II

3rd year

  • EDUC 244 Including Students with Disabilities
  • Fall
    ART 119 Processes and Structures
    ART 146.2 Printmaking & Book Arts
    ART 160 Ceramics I
  • Spring
    ART 159 3-D Design &  Sculpture

4th year

  • Fall
    EDUC 366 Curriculum & Instruction in Art (Stage 3 Field Exp.)
    ART 131 Intro to Graphic Design
  • Spring
    EDUC 375-7 Student Teaching
    EDUC 379 Seminar in Art Student Teaching