Art Education

Focusing on learning processes of younger children

If your love of being in the classroom intersects with your love of the arts, the Art Education minor at Alfred University is for you. Rooted in either a fine arts or interdisciplinary arts curriculum, this course of study also prepares students for the required New York State teacher certification examinations.


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Main Campus - Alfred, NY


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Art Education

Small Class Sizes

In Alfred University's Division of Education, you'll enjoy the advantages of a small, high-quality institution - small classes and individual attention from faculty in a friendly and supportive environment.

Students minoring in art education will be enrolled in the appropriate baccalaureate programs in either the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the School of Art and Design of the New York State College of Ceramics, in addition to completing the minor requirements of the Middle/Adolescence Education program.

A student preparing to teach visual arts should consult a faculty member in the art education program before planning a program of major studies. Students may complete the appropriate course work in education to receive certification to teach visual arts.

Candidates must complete the following sequence of professional education course requirements:

  • Sophomore Year
    • EDUC 230 - Psychological Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • EDUC 231 - Social Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • Junior Year
    • EDUC 405 - Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credits)
      or EDUC 413 - Using Literature in the Intermediate/Adolescent Classroom (3 credits)
    • SPED 456 - Human Development: Exceptionality (3 credits)
  • Senior Year (2 or 3 semesters)
    • EDUC 345 - Education Fieldwork (100hrs) (3 credits) Transportation to public schools is necessary.
    • EDUC 491 - Current Methods in the Teaching of Art (offered Spring only) (3 credits) (EDUC 489 - Current Teaching Methods: Adolescent Subjects may be substituted. To register for EDUC 489, candidates must have completed EDUC 230 and EDUC 231 with an average of 3.00 in the two classes, and have a cumulative average of 2.75).
    • EDUC 460 - Seminar in Teaching and Professional Development - Art Education (3 credits)
    • EDUC 463 - Student Teaching in Art Education (12 credits)

Entrance Requirements for the Minor

Students may apply for admission into the Middle/Adolescence/Special Subjects (PreK - 12 Visual Arts) program at the end of their sophomore year. To be admitted, students must

  • Be in enrolled in an Interdisciplinary Art major or a Bachelor of Fine Arts major
  • Have the recommendation of their major division
  • Have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average
  • Achieve a 3.0 grade point average in EDUC 230 and EDUC 231

Required New York State Teacher Certification Examinations

In order to meet the NYSED requirements for initial certification, teacher candidates must take the following three NYSTE examinations. Candidates must have taken all three in order to register for EDUC 463.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST $88) - Recommended Spring/Summer sophomore year.
  • Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W $88) Elementary or Secondary - During student teaching/senior year.
  • Content Specialty Test (CST $88) - Visual Arts - Fall of senior year.
  • Two workshops: School Violence Prevention (SAVE) & Child Abuse Identification.
  • Fingerprinting clearance ($99) - Fall of junior year.

Additional Requirements for Teacher Certification

  • Language other than English
  • Math *
  • Science *

*Math and Science can be accomplished by taking either SCIE 117 or SCIE 127

NYSED-Teacher certification acceptable grades policy: only courses with a grade of C or above at the undergraduate level will be acceptable in meeting the content core and pedagogical core requirements.

Graduates of Alfred University's Education Division have an outstanding placement rate. They excel in their professional careers because they:

  • Learn how to convert their knowledge of a subject matter into compelling lessons that meet the needs of all learners.
  • Act on their knowledge in a caring and professional manner that leads to achievement for all learners.
  • Learn how to learn.
  • Develop multicultural perspectives and understanding.
  • Know how to use technology to enhance learning. For example, students use LiveText to:
    • Create e -portfolios and share them with professors, classmates, and employers
    • Instantly review instructor's feedback
    • Create and share knowledge in collaborative learning groups

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