Art Education PreK-12 (BA) Program Overview

If you love to express yourself visually and have a desire to share that passion with children, an art education degree prepares you for a career serving others. As an art education major, you’ll receive a firm foundation in painting, ceramics, and drawing to build a strong portfolio and find your artistic voice. You’ll also choose advanced classes that speak to you, whether in photography or graphic arts. Required education courses prepare you to work with students of all backgrounds. Passionate faculty nurture your growth as an artist and a teacher each step of the way.

One-on-One Training

Our art education students enjoy small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring in the classroom. The retro Donald and Maria Cox Visual Arts Building provides light-filled studios to inspire your creativity. Rigorous education coursework prepares you to pass the Praxis exams for teacher licensure to begin your teaching career after graduation.

If you’re ready to join the art education program at Bluefield College, complete the request information form to take the first step in becoming an art teacher in Virginia.


The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

The Teacher Education Handbook is the guide to all of the policies and procedures for students entering the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The Student Teaching Handbook is the primary resource for all students in the culminating experience for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

On-Campus: August 19, 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA)
General Education (58 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Survey of American History I or II (3 Credits)
  • World Civilizations I or II (3 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • 2 Beginning Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • 2 Intermediate Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Art Appreciation (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Chemistry & Lab (4 Credits)
Endorsement Area (45 Credits)

  • Drawing Fundamentals
  • Design Problems
  • Figure Drawing
  • Printmaking I
  • Painting I
  • Ceramics Hand-Building
  • Studies in Modern Art
  • Photography
  • Painting II
  • Ceramics on the Wheel
  • Intro to Graphic Design (Photoshop & Illustrator)
  • Advanced Painting/Drawing
  • Advanced Ceramics
  • Portfolio Presentation
  • Contemporary Art History & Criticism
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing (3 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater; Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater; Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Art: Content Knowledge (158 or greater)
Total Credits: 147

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

PreK-5 Art Teacher
6-12 Art Teacher
Museum Educator
Arts Administrator
Community Arts Organizer

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.