Art Education (K-12)

Bachelor of Science


Art and visual culture engage viewers and makers in acts of creating, viewing, and responding to art in our lives. The quest for personal and social meaning is central to the study of art and education. Guided by the principles of constructivist pedagogy and best practices in education, we model inquiry-based instruction, authentic assessment, and interdisciplinary integration. We provide our students with a dynamic conceptual base and repertoire of applied skills essential for the study of art and art education. We help our students cultivate their creativity, critical thinking, skillful communication, real-world connections, and social agency through discussion, collaborative learning, art-making, research, community service, and internships. These experiences will provide our students with a foundation for their personal investigation of life, culture, and teaching.

A portfolio is required for admission and transfer into the program. Portfolio guidelines are available by contacting the department admin Debra Stalnaker at

This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this teacher certification program are eligible for K-12 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. For further information, please see the Educator Preparation section. Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Teacher candidates can find the most current New Hampshire Department of Education standards here.

The Art Education program endorses the Plymouth State University conceptual framework for teacher education: CHECK. The experiences required for this program are Commitment and Holism and are based on Experience, Collaboration and Knowledge of the disciplines of the Fine Arts.

All Art Education majors take a common 91-93 credit core, which includes 8-10 credits of advanced-level course work in one of eight art areas: Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture. This opportunity provides a greater depth of experience in a single discipline. A portfolio is required for admission and transfer to the Department of Art. Portfolio guidelines are available on the Department of Art website or by contacting the Department Chair.

Art Education majors are required to complete a 50-hour observation component prior to the Art Education Internship in Teaching. As part of this requirement, students will have the opportunity to work with an experienced public school art educator through the New Hampshire Art Education Mentor Network. Students may also participate in Arts Smarts, an interdisciplinary outreach program involving the Art Department Karl Drerup Gallery and Exhibitions Program.

All teacher candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including the Art Education Internship in Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire state legislation that requires a full disclosure criminal records check. This may include fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check. Questions regarding the criminal records check should be directed to the Coordinator of Internships in the Office of Educator Preparation.

In order for teacher candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All Internship in Teaching candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.

Art Education majors are expected to apply for admission to Internship in Teaching candidacy at the beginning of their second year in the program. This application is initiated through the Office of Educator Preparation. Please also refer to the section in this Catalog on Educator Preparation for additional information. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 is required for admission into this teacher candidacy program. Students are required to have a 2.70 GPA, completed all required coursework; taken and passed the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test to enter the Art Education Internship in Teaching.