College of Arts and Letters2021-2022

School of Art

Art Education, Bachelor of Science in Education

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

As an art education major, you will understand the requirements for teaching art in public and private schools and explore avenues for your own personal artistic growth.  At NAU, students achieve a balance between being an expert in their subject and being a great teacher.  Courses in studio art will allow you to explore a variety of areas in the studio arts, including drawing, ceramics, painting, print making, sculpture, and new media.  Art education classes will prepare students to teach in PK-12 by learning about content pedagogy, student development, diverse learners, instructional strategies, classroom management, research, communication and technology.
The faculty of the School of Art are innovative artists, designers, scholars and educators who engage students in and out of the classroom. Our students are encouraged to participate in independent research projects with faculty, study abroad programs, internships, and student clubs and learning communities. Participation in these experiences provide our students with a depth of knowledge that benefit their own students later.

Student Learning Outcomes

Degree Program Student Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education: Art (BS Ed Art) encompass knowledge, skills, and dispositions that upon graduation lead to highly qualified art-teacher status. Students are expected to exhibit strong evidence of achieving a level of proficiency necessary for graduation, certification in secondary education, endorsement in K-12 art, and participate effectively in a competitive art-teaching market.
Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium

  1. Content Pedagogy: Graduates will become attentive facilitators of meaningful art learning experiences through the application of the central concepts of art teaching, tools of art inquiry, structures and functions of the discipline of art, and ideas of global engagement, environmental sustainability, and diversity. 
  2. Student Development: Graduates will become conscientious supporters of children’s intellectual, social, ethical, and personal growth and potential through rigorous art-learning opportunities that are age and ability appropriate.
  3. Diverse Learners: Graduates will become effective curriculum designers who know how to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the interconnectedness and interdependence of the human experience on a global scale and deliver differentiated instructional opportunities in art that are adapted to the learning needs of diverse student populations.
  4. Multiple Instructional Strategies: Graduates will become responsive art educators who select and use varied approaches to art teaching to engage students through challenging problem solving activities that contribute to development of critical thinking skills.
  5. Motivation and Classroom Management: Graduates will become caring motivators who encourage social interaction, active engagement, and purposeful art learning in a well-organized and managed classroom.
  6. Communication and Technology (Information Fluency): Graduates will become focused art classroom catalysts who recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information to successfully foster information fluency in the children they teach.
  7. Planning: Graduates will become diligent researchers who develop challenging art instruction based upon reliable data that informs knowledge about the diverse learning community and other important stakeholders. 


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