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Art Education Program Requirements

Required studio courses include 2-D, 3-D, 4-D, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students create their own path of studio study through the selection of two additional 200-level intermediate studio courses, and three 300-level advanced studio courses. Four art history courses provide students with an understanding of the role of art throughout history. Combining the skills and knowledge from the art studio and art history courses with the professional art education courses allow students to understand the importance of the visual arts in education and explore critical areas of inquiry necessary to create a firm foundation in curriculum and pedagogy. The required art education courses, Foundations in Art Education, Curriculum in Art Education, Pedagogy in Art Education, and Professional Practice in Art Education (Junior Professional Experience-JPE) lead to Student Teaching and the Senior Seminar.

The conceptual framework for Art Education, as for all programs in professional education at The College of New Jersey, is creating exemplary professionals. All education programs at TCNJ, including Art Education, are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

BA – Art Education (32 course units)

Sample Recommended Program of Study

Fall Freshman

  • AAV 111 Drawing
  • AAV 112 2-D
  • AAV 113 3-D
  • FSP- Freshman Seminar

Spring Freshman

  • AAV 140 4-D
  • AAV 102 Visual Thinking
  • AAH 101 Art History I
  • WRI 102 Academic Writing

Fall Sophomore

  • AAE 220 Foundations in Art Education
  • AAV 215 Painting I            
  • AAV 2XX Studio Course
  • AAH 102 Art History II

Spring Sophomore

  • AAE 250 Curriculum in Art Education
  • AAV 213 Sculpture I
  • AAV 3XX Studio Course
  • AAH 253 20th Century Art History
  • AAE 200 Sophomore Review (0 units)

Fall Junior  

  • AAE 330 Pedagogy in Art Education
  • AAV 2XX Studio Course
  • AAV 3XX Studio Course
  • Liberal Learning

Spring Junior

  • AAE 360 Professional Practice in Art Education (2 units)
  • SPE 203 Psych. Dev. of Children and Adolescence
  • Liberal Learning

Fall Senior

  • AAE 490 Student Teaching or AAE 491 Global Student Teaching in Art (2 units)
  • AAE 492 Student Teaching Seminar

Spring Senior (overload of 5 courses)

  • AAV 3XX Studio Course
  • AAH 210/211/or 212 Asian, Islamic, Native American, African Art
  • Elective (Gender- Civic Responsibility)
  • Liberal Learning
  • Liberal Learning


Download a sample program planner for art education.

Art Ed Planner 2016-17