SHARE YOUR PASSION
Our art education program will turn you into an outstanding artist and teacher. You’ll take liberal arts and art courses – learning about 2-D and 3-D form, theory and practices. In addition, you’ll take education courses and spend time observing and teaching in local classrooms. You’ll learn about child and adolescent development, curriculum, classroom strategies, methods of teaching and more. You’ll graduate ready to be licensed to teach art, grades PreK to 12, in the state of Ohio.
Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunities you’ll find here. Our students learn just as much outside the classroom as they do inside. They participate in juried art shows and enter professional exhibitions. They go on field trips, teach workshops to children, produce art for fundraisers and interact with visiting artists. They take intensive, lab-based courses in the visual arts and work on real-world projects for actual clients.
Here, you’ll become part of a family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your classmates. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, creative endeavors, field experiences and career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and will open doors for you.
It takes a special person to teach. When you graduate from ONU, you’ll be ready to advocate and share your passion for the arts with the next generation!
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
Imagine traveling to Columbus, Cincinnati or Cleveland – all expenses paid – with your art professors and peers to attend a professional conference. Or spending the summer in Europe studying art and visiting famous museums. Or having your portfolio reviewed by ONU alumni during our Young Alumni Lecture Series. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and meet new people, and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.
USE ART FOR GOOD
You can make a difference with your art. Every year, ONU art students craft pottery bowls and host a soup luncheon to raise money to combat hunger. This worthwhile event supports the Backpack Food Program, which provides local schoolchildren in need with food for the weekend.
CHRIS GAGHAN BFA WITH A MAJOR IN ART EDUCATION ’09
“Art education is a great major for those who seek the perfect blend of learning about art, creating art, and then inspiring the love of art in others. You develop and master your personal artistic talents while learning to make that same impact on students in the future. I’m always impressed when my students evolve a concept I teach into a unique and creative idea in their own artwork,” he says. “Their eagerness and imagination helps me to push them to their most creative potential.”
Chris Gaghan realized in high school that art education was his true vocation in life. At ONU, he was involved in the Saturday Morning Arts Program (SMArts), the Kappa Pi Art Honorary, and a variety of juried arts shows. Today, he’s a K-6 visual arts teacher at Hicksville Elementary in Hicksville, Ohio. He strives to be enthusiastic and innovative in the classroom. He also fosters relationships between the school and community. For example, he created a K-12 District Art Show and a Community Art Gallery in which 10 local businesses display student art.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- The ONU Center for Teacher Education program is accredited by Ohio’s Department of Education as an approved teacher-preparation program, which means that ONU graduates meet requirements for licensure in art PreK-12.
- 100 percent of art education teacher graduates within the last five years have passed their Praxis II (area content) exam.
- Our PreK-12 multi-age visual arts program is aligned with state and national art standards. The University System of Ohio’s Board of Regents recently re-approved the program.
- During the past five years, we boast a 100% placement rate in art education opportunities within six months of graduation.
You’ll need 122 credit hours to earn a BA in art education. This includes general education, art and education courses.
Here are some of the classes you’ll take as an art education major:
- Field experience
- Media education
- Curriculum and assessment
- Art education methods
WHERE WILL YOU END UP?
- Elementary art teacher
- Secondary art teacher
- College Professor
- Adult education teacher
- State arts council employees
- Arts management positions
- Related occupations: librarians, counselors, administrators, social work, art therapist
Check out where some of our recent art education graduates have ended up: Jackson-Milton High School, Bellefontaine High School, Lebanon High School, Nordonia Hill City Schools, Greenville City Schools, Cory–Rawson Schools, Carey EV Schools.
Wilson Art Building
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
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