The Art Education degree fulfills the subject matter competency required by the State of California to teach Art in public schools.
Students interested in teaching in public schools must earn a California Teaching Credential (Single or Multiple Subject). The credential is earned after you have received your undergraduate degree.
The Art Education program develops the skills needed in making art, talking about art, and planning art learning experiences. The art education classes use a multi-faceted approach that integrates the four visual art disciplines of art production, art criticism, art history, and philosophical aesthetics. They also promote a cross-cultural exposure to art and examine the influences among artists from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as the inclusion of both men and women artists. Although the studio and art history classes prepare the university students in the content and skills of art, the art education classes bring these aspects together in a model that provides approaches on how to educate young people in the schools.