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, contact Walter Shroyer or Dr Shellie Brown 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: Spring Semester 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. Students seeking a BA degree must complete 6 credit hours of intermediate language studies.


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
    • Invitation to Inquiry
    • Character Formation
    • Civic & Global Response
    • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • English (6 Credits)
    • Intro to the Writing Process
    • Argumentative & Analytical Writing
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
    • Biblical Perspectives
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
    • Art Appreciation
  • History (6 Credits)
    • Survey of American History I or II
    • World Civilizations I or II
  • Literature (3 Credits)
    • 2000 Level Literature Course (Various Options)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3 Credits)
    • MAT 1213 College Algebra (or higher)
  • Science (4 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab
    • General Biology & Lab
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab
    • General Chemistry & Lab
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • Speech (3 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech
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 (10 Field Hours)
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools (25 Field Hours)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Must be admitted to TEP)
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments (20 Field Hours)
    • Must be admitted to TEP program – Must be taken prior to Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching
    • Taken in the final semester, must be admitted to TEP
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

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

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