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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 – (1 course unit)
  • AAV 112/2-D – (1 course unit)
  • AAV 113/3-D – (1 course unit)
  • FYS/First Year Seminar – (1 course unit)

Spring Freshman

  • AAV 140/4-D – (1 course unit)
  • AAV 102/Visual Thinking – (1 course unit)
  • AAH 101/Art History I – (1 course unit)
  • FYW 102/First Year Writing (if not exempted)* – (1 course unit)

*It is recommended that students exempted from this course take a liberal learning course (e.g., SPE 203).

Fall Sophomore

  • AAE 220/Foundations in Art Education – (1 course unit)
  • AAV 215/Painting I – (1 course unit)            
  • AAV 2XX/Studio Course (AAV 130 Photo I OR AAV 214 Printmaking I is recommended) – (1 course unit)
  • AAH 102/Art History II – (1 course unit)

Spring Sophomore

  • AAE 250/Curriculum in Art Education – (1 course unit)
  • AAV 3XX/Studio Course (AAV 315 Painting II OR AAV 314 Printmaking II is recommended) – (1 course unit)
  • AAH 253/20th Century Art History – (1 course unit)
  • AAE 200/Sophomore Review – (o course unit)

Fall Junior  

  • AAE 330/Pedagogy in Art Education – (1 course unit)
  • AAV 2XX/Studio Course – (1 course unit)
  • AAV 3XX/Studio Course – (1 course unit)
  • College Core – (1 course unit)

Spring Junior

  • AAE 360/Professional Practice in Art Education – (2 course units)
  • SPE 203/Psych. Dev. of Children and Adolescence – (1 course unit)
  • College Core – (1 course unit)

Fall Senior

  • AAE 490/Clinical Practice II: Art Ed Student Teaching or AAE 491 Global Student Teaching in Art – (2 course units)
  • AAE 492/Clinical Practice II Seminar: Art Ed Capstone (Taken with AAE 490) – (2 course units)

Spring Senior (Overload – 5 courses)

  • AAV 3XX/Studio Course (AAV 314 Printmaking II OR AAV 342 Installation and Performance is recommended) – (1 course unit)
  • AAH 210/211/212 (Or other Asian, Islamic, Native American, African Art) – (1 course unit)
  • Elective (Civic Responsibility) – (1 course unit)
  • College Core – (1 course unit)
  • College Core – (1 course unit)


Download a sample program planner for art education.

Art Ed Planner 2019-20