Dual Major - Art Education

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Dual Major - Art Education

Academic Programs


BA in Art and Art Education, NJ Certification to Teach Art K-12, dual degree BA in Education


 Art Education at Rowan University provides students with the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be an art educator in the public schools. Students enrolled in this program take a sequence of art studio, art history, art education, and education courses that lead to a New Jersey instructional certificate as a Visual Art Teacher for grades K-12.

Our Art Education courses are designed to maximize the time a student spends in the field working directly and interacting with young students in real-life art classroom settings while being mentored by a collaborating art teacher and university Art Education faculty. Field placements begin in the student’s sophomore year and continue through their senior year where they are placed full-time in a public school as a clinical intern. The student’s practical experience is further supported by coursework on campus which helps them connect with the historical, theoretical, and contemporary pedagogical frameworks of art education. For course listings see “advising form” and “suggested course sequence” under Academic Programs, BA in Art and Art Education.

Art Education students are given every opportunity to build confidence and gain experience working with children of all ages. Through the Saturday Morning Art (smART) program, students become the “art teachers” where they manage an art classroom, develop and design their own art lessons, and instruct children from the surrounding communities. SmART also extends to area high schools where students gain art teaching experience in the secondary grades. This program is coordinated and supervised by Art Education faculty.

Art Education students at Rowan are given a unique opportunity to join the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Student Chapter, a student club chartered by Rowan’s Student Government Assoc. (SGA) since the year 2000. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, student officers organize a variety of on- and off-campus activities that include club fundraisers and community/regional service projects. Moreover, the chapter introduces students to the state and national professional art teachers’ association conventions where they meet other state chapters and participate in professional development workshops and presentations. The chapter organizes trips to conventions are held in the following cities: New York, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, Miami, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Washington DC.

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Students enrolled in the BA in Art degree program, may switch to the BFA in Studio Art by the second semester of their sophomore year for more in-depth studio studies. Or, as education majors, they may choose to add courses to earn Endorsements in Reading or, Teacher of Students with Disabilities, granted by the state of New Jersey.

Advisors in the Departments of Art and Education play an important role in guiding Art Education students through the benchmarks for this program.

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