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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 21, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Art Education (Teacher Certification)

The art education program enables students to meet certification requirements for teaching visual art in Michigan elementary and secondary schools.

Degree Requirements: All students entering art education must follow the program leading to LQ certification (K-12 comprehensive with no teachable minor).

Entering students in art education or degree-holding students wishing teacher certification must complete 75 credits in art, including four introductory studios and a studio emphasis chosen from ceramics, metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, or visual studies.

General Education: In the GVSU General Education requirements, the Foundations section lists ART 101 - Introduction to Art as a choice. ART 101 is not required for the B.F.A., B.A., or B.S. in Art and Design. Some of the material in Art 101 will be duplicated in the required coursework. Art and Design majors are advised to take one of the other classes in the General Education Arts category.

Requirements for a Major in Art Education

Degree Cognates

B.A. Degree Cognates:

  • Foreign language (third-semester proficiency in a foreign language).

B.S. Degree Cognates:

Foundations Review and Courses

After completing the Foundations program (ART 150, 151, 152, 153, 155, 157), all art students are evaluated for entrance into the design and fine arts programs. All art students are required to submit their collective work for faculty review. Based on the review, students may be asked to do remedial work and submit to a second review. If a second review is unsuccessful, the student will be asked to leave his or her degree program.

Foundations Credits: 18 (Must be taken during freshman year):

Art History Requirements Credits: 12

Completion of the art history component of the B.A. or B.S. program is a prerequisite for ART 495. Students must register for sections taught by art education faculty.

Art Education Requirements

Required Courses:

Art methodology courses (ART 332, 333, and 334) must be taken before arranging for teacher assisting and directed teaching.  Students should consult the College of Education for the specific requirements concerning teacher assisting and directed teaching.

Four introductory studio courses at the 200 level. Select four courses from the following list:

Two drawing courses selected from:

Two intermediate studio emphasis courses at the 300 level from the Emphasis area selected. Credits: 6

One advanced studio emphasis course at the 400 level. Credits: 3

Two studio art or art education electives. Credits: 6

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite Courses:

These prerequisite courses require a 2.7 GPA or better, with no grade lower than “C”. 

Michigan Basic Skills Test: must be complete prior to submitting application to the College of Education.

Application to the College of Education: Admission to the College of Education requires a minimum 3.00 GPA (75 credit hours) in the art major. If students do not have a 3.00 GPA they may apply for a Secondary Review Process that includes passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) (#95 Visual Arts Education).

Certificate Requirement: Pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) (, #95 Visual Arts Education, in the content area before graduation.

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