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Bachelor of Science in Art Education

Lisa Kay, Art Education Program Head

Tyler School of Art Building

Administrative Suite Room 210K


Tyler School of Art offers the Bachelor of Science in Art Education, an accredited program leading to Pennsylvania Certification in Art, K-12. Newly-expanded offerings in the Community Arts have developed courses with outreach to the Philadelphia community. Graduates from our Art programs have gone on to graduate study, field work in art galleries, studios, and a wide variety of art-related occupations. We have a 92% placement rate for Art Education in K-12 schools and also in community sites.

The Art Education program ensures a fully-rounded preparation for the elementary and secondary school teacher. This program provides content study for art teacher preparation and teacher certification to teach art in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  The requirements for the degree are 122 total credits: 42 credits are in studio art, 10 credits in Art History, 20 credits in Art Education, 15 credits in Education and Special Education, and 29 credits in General Education and required or elective liberal arts courses. A 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA is required for registration in all Art Education courses. The Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 122 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

A portfolio is required for admission into the B.S. in Art Education degree program. If you have completed college-level studio courses and are seeking studio equivalency credit, you must complete a transfer portfolio review. The department will only accept up to 24 transfer credits of studio work toward the major. Students who are seeking admission into the B.S. in Art Education degree program must contact the Tyler Admissions Office (215-777-9090) for portfolio requirements.

Courses required for the degree may have a minimum grade requirement - please check with the advising staff and the DARS.



Degree Requirements for the B.S. in Art Education

A minimum of 122 hours is required for the degree.

University Requirements

Art Education Major Requirements

  • Visual Studies 1058, 1151, 1351, 1451, 1651, 2058, 2152, 2252, 2552, 3253
  • Tyler Foundation 1501
  • Art History 1155 or 1955, 1156 or 1956, and an additional Art History writing intensive elective course (2000+ level)
  • Art Education 2001, 3096, 4003, 4088
  • Education 2103, 2109
  • Special Education 2231, 3211
  • English Education (Secondary) 3338
  • Three studio art electives (may be taken from Visual Studies, Community Arts, or from 2000 level Crafts, PDS, or GAD)
  • One academic elective
  • One Mathematics course (in addition to GenEd Math)
  • One Ceramics studio course


Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.


Bachelor of Science in Art Education

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2013-2014 Academic Year


Freshman Year - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Visual Studies 1151 VS 1 Foundation: Drawing ^ 3  
Visual Studies 1451 VS 1 Foundation: Composition & Color 2  
Art History 1155 or 1955 Art Heritage of the Western World I 3  
Foundation 1501 Introduction to Art & Design 1  
Semester Total   16  
Freshman Year - Spring
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Visual Studies 1058 VS 1 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 1 3  
Visual Studies 1351 VS 1 Foundation: 3D 3  
Art History 1156 or 1956 Art Heritage of the Western World II ^ 3  
Semester Total   16  
Sophomore Year - Fall
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Education 2103 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education in the U.S. 3  
Visual Studies 1651 VS 1 Foundation: Digital Imaging 3  
Visual Studies 2252 VS 2 Concept Studio: Painting 3  
Mathematics   Math elective (1000+ or higher) 3-4  
Semester Total   15-16  
Sophomore Year - Spring
Visual Studies 2552 VS 2 Concept Studio: Print Imaging 3  
Visual Studies 2058 VS 2 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 2 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society* 3 GG
Education 2109 Adolescent Development for Educators** 3  
Special Education 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education** (field experience) 3  
Semester Total   15  
Junior Year - Fall
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Elective   Studio Elective 3  
Visual Studies 2152 VS 2 Concept Studio: Drawing 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Art Education 2001 Science & Art of Teaching (field experience) 4  
Semester Total   16  
Junior Year - Spring
Visual Studies 3253 VS 3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Painting 3  
Elective   Ceramics 3  
Special Education 3211 Effective Instructional Strategies for
Young Children with Disabilities
English Education (Secondary) 3338 Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching
English Language Learners in Grades 4 to 12**
Art History   Art History Elective 4 WI
Semester Total   16  
Senior Year - Fall
Art Education 3096 Art in Elementary & Secondary School (field experience) 4 WI
Elective   Studio Art Elective 3  
Elective   Studio Art Elective 3  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Semester Total   16  
Senior Year - Spring
Art Education 4088 Student Teaching 9  
Art Education 4003 Special Needs K-12 Students in the Art Room 3  
Semester Total   12  
Total Hours for Art Education: 122
*Summer or semester study abroad program will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society requirement.
**GenEd Human Behavior (GB) Waiver: Completion of Education 2109, Special Education 2231 and English Education (Secondary) 3338 with a C- or better.
^ GenEd Arts (GA) Waiver: Completion of Art History 1156 and Visual Studies 1151 with a C- or better.
See academic advisor for information on the GenEd Arts waiver.
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