Art Education

 A student teacher jokes with a child in a sculpture class
 Children at a table work on watercolor paintings
Two children admire artwork in a Saturday Art exhibition
Student teacher and child discuss a sculpture

Miami University has a rich tradition in training caring, competent, transformative art teachers. The Bachelor of Science in Art Education program focuses on what teachers should know, be able to do, and perform successfully, first in assessments, prior to qualifying for a professional license. The Art Education Program curriculum specifically prepares students in the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions for teaching excellence.

At Miami, Art Education majors can:

  • pursue a professional license to teach Art (P-12; Age 3-21).
  • observe in the P-12 classroom and take classes in their major, year one.
  • choose to minor or "double major" in studio, or other majors.
  • build relationships with peers in the student chapter of the National Art Education Association.
  • present about your work at local, state and national art education conferences.
  • collaborate with a general education teacher to plan and teach an art-integration lesson in a local school.
  • build confidence in public speaking, presentation skills and advocacy through creating your own ARTed Talk.
  • teach art to children from the Oxford community in the Saturday Art practicum before Student Teaching.
  • gain experience student teaching at both elementary and secondary levels.

The Bachelor of Science in Art Education includes requirements for State of Ohio Teacher Licensure (Pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve/age 3-21). It includes disciplinary course work in diversified studio areas, art history, teaching methods, theory-philosophy, art appreciation, curriculum development, and student teaching.

This program requires completion of 46 semester hours in studio art and art history, 45 hours of professional education/art education requirements, and the Global Miami Plan. In addition, some elective options are provided for the student to pursue studies in areas of special interest, minors, or double majors. Students enrolled in this program will also have special opportunities for observing learners in primary/secondary settings during their first year, and opportunities for research through case studies. Students will teach art to children/adolescents/adults in school and community settings and in Saturday Art, the art education practicum class. These experiences are followed by a capstone class, Supervised Student Teaching in Art, where the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is performed.

Furthermore, service-learning opportunities exist beyond classroom curricula and are supported by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Student Chapter, and individual faculty who believe that community outreach and service should be an integral part of a student’s university experience.


The Art Education Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); North Central Association (NCA); the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). It incorporates the guidelines of the current Academic Content Standards for Visual Arts, Grades P-12 (ages 3-21), along with the benchmarks, indicators, and related standards of assessment.

Program Requirements (as of Academic Year 2019–2020)

Bachelor of Science in Art Education
(124 Credit Hour Degree Program)

First Year

31 credit hours

ART 102, Color Theory (1.5)
ART 103, Creative Technology (1.5)
ART 104, Problem Solving or ART 105, Technical Drawing (1.5)
ART 106, Figure Drawing (1.5)
ART 111, Design and Composition (3)
ART 121, Observational Drawing (3)
ART 187, History of Western Art, Prehistoric to Gothic/GMP2a (3)
ART 188, History of Western Art, Renaissance – Modern/GMP2b (3)
ART 195, Introduction to Art Education (3)
ART 281, Contemporary Art Forum (1)
GMPF (9)

Second Year

30 credit hours

ART 295, Elementary Art Methods (3)
ART 296, Secondary Art Methods (3)
EDP 201, Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts/GMP2c (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231, 241, 255 or 257, 261, 264, or 271) (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231241255 or 257261264, or 271) (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231241255 or 257261264, or 271) (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231241255 or 257261264, or 271) (3)
GMPF (3)

Third Year

33 credit hours

ART 395, Art Across the Curriculum (3)
ART 493, Professional Dispositions in Art Education (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231241255 or 257261264, or 271) (3)
200 lev req studio (from ART 231241255 or 257261264, or 271) (3)
300 lev studio focus (from: ART 331, 332, 341, 342, 357358, 361, 362, 364, 371, 372, 450) (3)
Upper level Art History, choose one: (ART 286, 309, 311, 326, 335, 487, 489) (3)
Advanced Writing (3)
Thematic Sequence (6)
GMPF (6)

Fourth Year

30 credit hours

ART 495, Art Education Practicum (3)
300 level studio (from: ART 331, 332, 341, 342, 357, 358, 361, 362, 364, 365, 371, 372, 450) (3)
MUS 226, Improving Reading Through the Music Content Area, OR EDT 446A, Integrating Literacy Across the Content Areas (3)
Thematic Sequence (3)
GMPF (3)
ART 419, Supervised Student Teaching in Art (Capstone) (15)

Recommended thematic sequences

EDP 1 Cultural Patterns in Education and the Law Affecting Persons with Disabilities 

EDP 256 and 2 of the following: EDP 272, EDP 478 or EDP 491

EDP 2 Educational Technology and Instructional Design

EDT 279, EDP 332 and one of the following: EDP 336, EDP 445, EDP 446, EDP 483 or EDP 333

EDP 3 Technology and Learning 

EDP 279 or EDP 331, and 2 of the following: IMS 225, EDP 443, EDP 446 or EDP 447

Students must also complete all Global Miami Plan requirements.

The Miami University Bulletin series is the official source of information about the programs and courses of study offered by Miami University.

Benchmarks of Performance for All Art Education Majors

Students who are accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Art Education Program will be continually assessed for continuation in the Program as indicated by specific academic performance, content standards, and professional dispositions for the Program. These benchmarks and specific indicators of competency for continuation in the program are outlined in the more specific literature of this program. 

You will plan your program with an art education advisor in the Department of Art to demonstrate progress toward candidacy for licensure by successfully completing benchmarks and programmatic reviews. To become a candidate for licensure, you must successfully complete all requirements for graduation, including student teaching and the edTPA.

In addition, before receiving your teaching license from the Ohio Department of Education, you must pass two Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams: 006 Art Content Knowledge and 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12).

Please note that if you are planning to teach in a state other than Ohio after graduation, communicate early with your advisor. Some states require additional coursework, which can be worked into your program of studies with early planning.