Visual Art Education Licensure, PreK-8 - 5-12, B.A.

Why Choose a Teacher Licensure Program in Visual Art?

Westfield State University’s educator preparation programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Students wishing to be licensed to teach visual art, must complete:

-All the requirements of the Art major.
-An additional 36 credit teacher preparation sequence for either Elementary (pre-K to 8) or Secondary (5-12) licensure as follows:

Requirements for Visual Art Educator Licensure

Requirements for Art Majors

  • ART 0101 - First-Year Seminar
  • ART 0103 - Drawing I
  • ART 0104 - Design Fundamentals
  • ART 0105 - Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 0106 - Art Survey: Prehistoric to Middle Ages
  • ART 0107 - Art Survey: Renaissance to Present
  • ART 0109 - Writing for Art and the Artist
  • ART 0201 - Printmaking I
  • ART 0204 - Pottery I
  • ART 0205 - Sculpture I
  • ART 0209 - Color Theory and Practice
  • ART 0214 - Drawing II
  • ART 0216 - Painting I
  • ART 0311 - Painting II
  • One Art elective Credits: 3 Two 300-level Art History Courses Credits: 6

One of the following:

  • ART 0303 - Printmaking II
  • ART 0304 - Pottery II
  • ART 0305 - Sculpture II

Note:

** Students completing Art Teacher Licensure Programs must take ART 0108 Introduction to Computer Graphics as their art elective.

Art majors are required to take ART 0106 and ART 0107, to satisfy the Appreciation of the Arts requirement of the common core.

Art majors must complete a minimum of 27 credits of course work within the Art Department at Westfield State. Students are advised to consult their advisors for information on course sequencing and general core requirements.

Art majors intending to pursue graduate work beyond their major are advised to take additionally recommended studio courses of their choice. It is also advisable to include more than the minimum requirements in Art History.

    Elementary Preparation Sequence

     

    • EDUC 0221 - Introduction to Students with Exceptional Learning Needs
    • PSYC 0202 - Child Development
    • EDUC 0363 - Sheltered English Immersion
    • ** The addition of EDUC 0363 to the Art Education Program needs to be approved by the University's Curriculum Committee AY 20-21.  The class is currently offered by the Education Department
    • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education
    • ART 0323 - Introduction to Art Education
    • ART 0324 - Art Methods and Materials
    • ART 0322 - Art Education Curriculum (Elementary)
    • ART 0331 - Practicum (Art Teaching Pre-K-8)

    Secondary Preparation Sequence

     

    • EDUC 0221 - Introduction to Students with Exceptional Learning Needs
    • PSYC 0203 - Adolescent Development
    • EDUC 0363 - Sheltered English Immersion
    • ** The addition of this class to the Art Education Program needs to be approved by the University's Curriculum Committee AY 20-21.  The class is currently offered by the Education Department.
    • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education
    • ART 0323 - Introduction to Art Education
    • ART 0324 - Art Methods and Materials
    • ART 0322 - Art Education Curriculum (Secondary)
    • ART 0326 - Practicum: Seminar (Art Education)
    • ART 0351 - Practicum (Art Teaching 5-12)

    Additional Information:

    Students' progress toward meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits).  All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher candidacy.   Please see section on Licensure for Teaching under Academic Policies.

    In order to be eligible for student teaching, a student must have completed all required course and field work, have an overall GPA of 3.0 (including transfer work) in Art Education Program classes, have an overall GPA of 2.8 (including transfer work) and have a passing grade in the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (i.e., Communication and Literacy and subject matter tests). Student teacher placements are limited to within a 30-mile radius of the campus.

    Every effort will be made to provide a timely sequence of courses in order to fulfill graduation and teaching licensure courses, but there may be instances where this is impossible.

    If any questions arise concerning sequence, time of student teaching, etc., please contact the Program Coordinator, Art Education Licensure.

      Additional Graduation Requirements

      All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .

        Career Options

        • Visual Arts Educator for grades Pre K - 12

        Clubs & Organizations

        Pottery Club

        The Pottery Club provides students an opportunity to create and express themselves through ceramics outside of a regular classroom setting.

        Art Club

        The purpose of this club is to enrich the educational experience of all students interested in art by providing trips to art museums.

        Graphic Design Club

        The Graphic Design Club provides members with a better understanding of graphic design and graphic arts in visual communication.