Mar 24, 2018  
2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Arts Education, BA

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About the Program

Students in Purdue’s art education program develop a broad understanding of the visual arts and the desire to communicate this understanding to others. The program provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts as well as specialized skills in studio arts, curriculum planning, teaching strategies, and verbal communication.

Course work provides a balance between the theoretical and practical needs of prospective teachers. Students may enroll in a comprehensive visual arts curriculum or one with an emphasis in applied design.

Throughout the program under the supervision of an art education faculty members, students receive practicum experiences by observing in the public schools. The senior year also includes participation in a Saturday morning class for gifted children.

The art education degree meets both state and national certification standards. The program is approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, which permits Purdue graduates to teach in other states. While many students find fulfillment in teaching , others use their background in art education to pursue careers in supervision, administration, and other leadership roles in art education.

Art education attracts students with a strong interest in art and a desire to work with people. Graduates often choose to become art teachers in public and private institutions such as elementary and secondary schools, museums, and other institutional settings.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Visual Arts Education  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

56 Hours
Art Studies-BA

Requirements for the Teaching Major

Total required for the Teaching Major (56 credits)

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

Spring 3rd Year

Fall 4th Year


Spring 4th Year

Student Teaching Semester


*Satisfies a core requirement.

+BLOCK I: EDCI 20500  (Exploring Teaching as a Career) EDCI 28500  (Multiculturalism and Education - satisfies Racial & Ethnic Diversity category of core requirements)

++BLOCK II: EDPS 23500  (Learning and Motivation - satisfies Individual & Society-Group A category of core requirements) EDPS 26500  (The Inclusive Classroom - satisfies Social Ethics category of core requirements)

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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