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Art Education (PK-12)

Through arts education, learners expand their thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. The study of art education allows the future educator to help students understand new ways of thinking about the world around them through the study of Studio Habits and Visual Culture.  Future Art Educators at Moravian learn to harness the power of art education to create a student-centered, creative, and collaborative atmosphere in their classrooms. They learn by example in the Art and Education classrooms at Moravian and through four years of field experience. We strive to support our future art educators as they discover themselves as teachers and begin to understand our changing educational systems and their prospective students. At Moravian, we hope to develop enthusiastic teachers who know the possibilities and opportunities within their communities. In the art education program, our students will learn to do the same for their future students.

A central component of the Moravian Art Education program is the ability to conceptualize and practice learner-centered lessons rooted in solid and authentic pedagogical approaches based on the PDE Visual Arts and Humanities Standards and National Core Art Standards. Courses in the program ensure that teacher candidates understand students’ diverse learning needs and build a firm belief and confidence that the arts can strengthen our educational system. In addition to four years of field experience, Moravian Art Education students also sustain a studio art practice to inform and enhance their future careers in Art Education. 

Art Education Recommended Course Sequence -  2023-2024


Professional Education Courses Required for Certification

Recommended for the First Year

  • EDUC 100.2 Intro. to the Education of English Language Learners (Fall)
  • EDUC 260 Culture, Community & Diversity: Intro. to Critical Pedagogy (Spring, 40-hour Stage 1&2 Field Experience ~ M3) 

Recommended for Sophomore Year 

  • EDUC 230 Student Development & Instructional Design (40-hour Stage 1&2 Field Experience) 
  • EDUC 244 Including Students with Disabilities

Recommended for Junior Year

  • EDUC 250 Art and Child Development (M6)
  • EDUC 366.2 (PK-6) Curriculum & Instruction in Art, WI (Fall; 75-hour Stage 3 Field Experience)
  • EDUC 369.2 (7-12) Curriculum & Instruction in Art, WI (Spring; 75-hour Stage 3 Field Experience)

Recommended for Senior Year 

  • EDUC 375-7 Student Teaching
  • EDUC 379 Seminar in Art Student Teaching 

The Art Major Leads to a Bachelor of Art Degree in Art Education

First Year

  • ART 170 Drawing I   
  • ART 142 Visual Foundations: Composition, Color & Design
  • ART 270 Drawing  II
  • ART 113 Art History Survey: Caves to Cathedrals  

Sophomore Year

  • ART 180 Painting I    
  • ART 114 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Abstraction 
  • ART 280 Painting II   
  • ART 131 Introduction to Graphic Design 

Junior Year

  • ART 119 Art Processes & Structures: Material Investigations  (M6)
  • ART 160 Ceramics I  
  • ART 159 Design: Three Dimensional 

Senior Year

  • ART 374: Studio Thesis (Fall)

Important Guidelines

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 2.7 in order to take 200 level education courses or above.
  • All education courses must be completed prior to beginning student teaching. Other than the performance unit, no other courses should be taken during the student teaching semester.
  • Students must have prior written approval by the program coordinator if they plan to complete any of these courses at another institution

Program Coordinator

MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, MFA, EdD
Art Education Coordinator and Advisor