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Bachelor of Science in Art Education
Art Education students are art majors who have a desire to teach others about art. They demonstrate a commitment to understanding the nature of art and the practices involved in its production. They are adaptive, resourceful and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of art, the nature of the learner, and the materials and methods from which they work.
The Bachelor of Science in Art Education offers undergraduate students a solid foundation for teaching art by helping them become skilled in all areas of studio practice; to become knowledgeable about art history, aesthetics, and criticism; and to develop an understanding of the pedagogical practices of art education.
The studio program prepares the student to have a working knowledge of major two-dimensional and three-dimensional studio areas. The art history program gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding of how art is influenced by world cultures and how we are influenced by art. The art education curriculum provides students with a well-rounded foundation in the methodology of teaching art in grades preK-12.
The art education degree opens the door for opportunities in a wide range of teaching areas that are not available to the Bachelor of Art major. The primary career for a student of art education is teaching at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels in public or private schools.
Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education is the largest employer of art educators in the area employing more than forty art teachers. Employment is also available in rapidly growing school systems in surrounding counties in Georgia and across the border in South Carolina. Additionally, many private schools in the area employ art teachers in both full and part-time positions. Rounding out these primary career positions are jobs with institutions such as day care centers, art camps, art centers, museums and church related programs. Armstrong graduates holding this degree have enjoyed excellent success finding jobs around the state in art education. Salaries usually begin around $33,000 and range beyond $45,000 for candidates with experience and further degrees.
The program offers small classes and dedicated art instructors who believe in the importance of art of people of all cultures. Although not required, it is recommended that serious art education students augment their course work through volunteer work in public and private schools and through membership in the Armstrong State University Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association. Gaining valuable experience early eases the transition into the teaching profession. Also, being a member of the organization provides opportunity for students to interact and form friendships with peers and to meet art education leaders both on the state and national levels.
Along with working with local educators, students have the opportunity to be involved with art museums and numerous galleries located in Savannah. Major cities with art resources are within a half-day driving distance from the college.
Course of Study
All art education majors must complete at least 42 semester hours of studio art with 15 semester hours of credit in studio courses numbered 3000 or above. Students must complete nine semester hours of credit in art history and complete the core curriculum requirements in humanities, laboratory science/mathematics, social science and physical education. Additionally, students must complete a professional education sequence of 14 semester hours of education classes, 13 hours of internships/student teaching and nine semester hours of art education pedagogy classes bringing the total hours to 132 to qualify for the degree. The student must also be admitted to the formal teacher education program. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required for admission and must be maintained to remain in the teacher education program. Before graduation, the student must take the GACE II Exam to complete the requirement for initial teacher certification in art education.