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College of the Arts

School of Art

211 Art Building
Tel: 330-672-2192


Completion of the Bachelor in Arts in Art Education certifies students for pre-K–12 licensure. The program graduates teachers who apply learner-centered pedagogy through the use of expressive, technical and organizational skills with a basic understanding of the philosophical and social foundations underlying art in education. Graduates understand child development and the creative needs of learners; use traditional and newer technological processes; incorporate art history and aesthetic concepts to studio practices; employ instructional strategies based on reflective practice; and create learning environments that help students build on prior knowledge and meet success.

In order to enroll in upper-division professional education coursework, students seeking licensure must be admitted to the education minor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Refer to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services section of this Catalog for specific information about this process.

Students must meet College of Education, Health, and Human Services professional requirements for admission to advanced study.

Upon entry to this program, student must make an appointment to see a program counselor in Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall (330-672-2862) to discuss the education minor.

Career Opportunities

Teachers of self-enrichment education held about 253,600 jobs in 2008. The largest numbers of teachers were employed by public and private educational institutions and providers of social assistance.

Public school teachers must be licensed, which typically requires a bachelor's degree and the completion of an approved teacher education program; private school teachers do not have to be licensed but may still need a bachelor's degree.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 128 total credit hours. A 2.750 cumulative GPA and a 2.750 GPA in the major are necessary for admission to advanced study, student teaching and graduation in this program. Minimum C (2.000) grade is required in all courses specified as requirements and in education courses required as part of the minor.

Successful completion of Praxis I.

The following Praxis II Examinations are not required for graduation, but are required for licensure: Principles of Learning and Teaching (K-6 or 5-9 or 7-12) and the specialty area test, Art (content knowledge.)

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Travel to London and Paris

Art and Design Education in Florence, Italy

New York City Study/Travel

Ohio Art Education Association and National Art Education Association Travel Studies.

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee



National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Student Organizations

National Art Education Association Student Chapter; Art History Club; Ceramics Club; Glass Club; Undergraduate Art Club

Culminating Requirements


Students enrolled in the B.A. in art education, must receive a rating of “satisfactory” on selected works exhibited during their portfolio review.

Advanced Degree Programs

Art Education (M.A.), Art History (M.A.), Crafts (M.A. and M.F.A.), Fine Arts (M.A. and M.F.A.), Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.), Early Childhood Education (M.A., M.A.T. and M.Ed.)