Education - Art

Focusing on learning processes of 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 a fine arts curriculum, this course of study also prepares you for teacher certification in New York State.


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Main Campus - Alfred, NY


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Art Education

While minoring in Art Education, you 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.

Are you interested in teaching visual arts? You should consult a faculty member in the art education program before planning a program of major studies. You may complete the appropriate course work in education to receive certification to teach visual arts.

In addition to your major requirements, Art Education minors must complete the following sequence of professional education courses:

  • First-Year or 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)
    • SPED 456 - Human Development: Exceptionality (3 credits)
  • Senior Year
    • EDUC 345 - Education Fieldwork (3 credits)
    • EDUC 491 - Current Methods in the Teaching of Art (3 credits)
      or EDUC 489 - Current Teaching Methods: Adolescent Subjects
    • EDUC 460 - Seminar in Teaching and Professional Development - Art Education (3 credits)
    • EDUC 463 - Student Teaching in Art Education* (12 credits)

*Alfred University offers you the opportunity to apply for an Applied & Experiential Learning Experience (APEX) grant which can provide up to $1,000 to support you during your student teaching semester.

As the Visual Arts Minor is within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, these students are also required to take 1 semester of a World Language and 1 semester of Science.

This minor requires an additional semester after the traditional 8 semesters for students to complete their student teaching.

The sequence above represents a typical progression. Your academic advisor will work with you to create a schedule that meets your specific needs.

Entrance Requirements for the Minor

Alfred University maintains high standards for all students admitted into our education programs. You may apply for admission into the visual arts education minor at the beginning of your junior year.

Admitted students:

  • Are enrolled in a bachelor of Fine Arts major and are recommended by their major division
  • Have met GPA and course grade minimums
  • Complete and pass an application interview

Alfred University is an approved teacher preparation program for New York State Visual Arts (preK - 12) teacher certification.


  • Content Specialty Test (CST)
    • The appropriate Content Specialty Test(s) for the appropriate developmental level(s) and certification area(s)
    • Must pass before applying for a teaching certificate
  • Educating All Students (EAS)
    • Must pass before applying for a teaching certificate
  • auTPA:
    • Completed during the student teaching semester
    • Must pass before a student will be recommended for certification

New York State Mandated Workshops:

All students must complete state-required workshops in Child Abuse Identification and Reporting, School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE), and Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA). The SAVE workshop is provided within EDUC 231 every semester and the DASA workshop is offered online every semester. The Child Abuse Identification and Reporting class is not offered for undergraduates at AU, but it can be taken online through NYSED.

Fingerprinting/Background Check:

NYS requires candidates applying for Initial (first) certification to complete a fingerprinting/background check. Students will need to have fingerprinting completed for the Practicum/Fieldwork semester in order to comply with school district policies. Fingerprinting information can be obtained from the Division of Education office.

NYSED - Teacher certification acceptable grades policy:

Only courses with a grade of C or above for undergraduate level courses 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
  • Are comfortable with the use of technology to enhance learning
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