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

DescriptionDegree Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements (122 credits)


AE 1000 Introduction to Art Education 3
AE 2000 Foundations of Art Education 3
AE 3050 Methods and Materials for Art Education 3
AE 3060 Instructional Planning and Pedagogy for Art Education (DICO) 3
AE 3100 Curriculum and Assessment for Art Education 3
Art Education Internship in Teaching – complete AE 4950 or (AE 4960 and AE 4970): 12
AE 4950 Art Education Internship in Teaching: K-12
AE 4960 Art Education Internship in Teaching: Secondary Component
AE 4970 Art Education Internship in Teaching: Elementary Component
AH 1130 Art History Foundations: 12 Monuments 3
AH 1140 Art History Foundations: Visual Culture 3
AH 2700 20/21: Art Since 1900 (WRCO) 3
AR 1045 Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content 4
AR 1065 Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning 4
AR 1075 Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language 4
AR 1080 Art Foundations: Digital and New Media (TECO) 4
AR 2520 Drawing: Figure in Value 4
AR 3010 Painting: Theory and Process 3
Ceramics Elective – complete one of the following: 4
AR 3220 Foundations of Ceramics: Exploration
AR 3230 Foundations of Ceramics: Wheel Explorations
AR 3295 Printmaking Foundations: Cut, Carve, Etch 4
Advanced Concentration – complete 8-10 credits in 3000/4000 level courses from ONE of the following areas: Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography,Printmaking, Sculpture [not AHDI, not ARDI, not PTDI] 8-10
Global Awareness Connection – complete one of the following: 3
AH 3530 Arts of the Far East (GACO) (INCO)
AH 3540 Art and Ideas in the 19th Century (GACO) (INCO)
AH 3620 Mesoamerican Arts: Maya to Frida Kahlo (GACO) (INCO)
AH 3730 Renaissance Art in Southern Europe (GACO) (INCO)
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection – complete one of the following: 4
AR 3060 Foundations of Sculpture: Representing the Body (QRCO)
AR 3160 Foundations of Sculpture: Objects and Ideas (QRCO)
CD 3000 Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Child in Society (INCO) (WRCO) 3
ED 2350 Human Development: Children, Health and Learning (WECO) 3
SE 3090 Introduction to Special Education: Middle and Secondary 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
PPDI Past and Present Direction 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
Electives 4-0
Art Education Internship in Teaching requires a 2.70 minimum cumulative grade point average.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.