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B.S. in Art with an Art Education Concentration
Radford University's Art Education program is highly regarded in the region.
- The program focuses on the special knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by the successful visual arts practitioner.
- Varied (elementary and secondary) intern experiences are required.
- A commitment to a child-centered philosophy, practices, developmental curriculum, and instruction is evident throughout the program.
- A commitment to diversity, and the practices that denote each student’s unique cultural, social, ethic value systems and differences in learning styles is promoted at all levels of instruction.
- Candidates complete dual teaching field concentrations.
We proudly host regional art education programs/seminars for local residents, teachers and students. Collaboration between the Radford University visual arts faculty and the pre-professional candidate aids in their artistic and art historical growth. Furthermore, our collaboration with regional arts specialists (e.g., Montgomery County Public Schools, Pulaski County Schools, etc.) offers our candidates unique and diverse experiences with a range of professionals and students at a variety of grade levels.
All visual art education candidates are members of our National Art Education Association student chapter. Through this affiliation, our candidates are exposed to current field research as well as reviewing regional and state mandated curriculum and assessments.
Visual art education candidates are required to take pre-professional courses in elementary and secondary methods before the classroom observations begin. Candidates are placed in various schools in the Montgomery County or Pulaski County system and are encouraged to take part in all in-service opportunities and local arts organization programs provided to their cooperating art educator.
Each intern works with the classroom practitioner and maintains observation journals that are reviewed and discussed as part of the intern experience. Furthermore, interns are encouraged to share their expertise in studio media, methods, and techniques with the cooperating teacher and to explore available technology, and other resources for their particular grade-level assignments thus to further prepare for their student teaching experience.
The art education concentration requires a combination of art courses, courses specifically related to art education, and education courses offered in the College of Education and Human Development.
Art Education Courses
- ARTE 212 - Media and Techniques in Two-Dimensional Art
- ARTE 213 - Media and Techniques in Three-Dimensional Art
- ARTE 241 - Art Education Theory and Practice - Elementary
- ARTE 242 - Art Education Theory and Practice - Secondary
- ARTE 340 - Art Education Initial Clinical Field Experience