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Art Education, B.F.A.

About the Program

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Art Education program prepares students for initial certification to teach pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (PK-12) art in New York State schools. The program develops art education professionals who are knowledgeable about the subject of art; who think systematically about the act of teaching; who are committed to teaching students about art in meaningful and critical ways; who consider teaching to be a dynamic and continuing process of development and growth; who recognize and respect individual differences in their students and adapt their teaching strategies to fit individual student needs; who are sensitive to issues related to diversity in class, ethnicity, and gender in contemporary society; who are active in the professional, cultural, and art communities; who understand and are prepared to utilize current technology and media in the public school art programs; who understand and promote the value of art in contemporary cultures; and who are prepared to address the unique learning needs of pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in an urban environment.

Requirements of Major: Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

For students to enroll and remain in the art education program, they must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their major, which includes all Art Education, Fine Art, and Design coursework. A portfolio review is required for admission to the department. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials they use in art education courses, and there may be an additional instructional charge for materials used in classes. Students are expected to work a minimum of two additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class. Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements established by the New York State Education Department, Teacher Certification Division, including the NYS Teacher Certification Examinations and mandated seminars.

Student Teaching: Eligibility for student teaching is determined by the Art Education Department; placement is arranged by the art education coordinator of student teaching. Student teaching experiences are provided in cooperating elementary, middle, and secondary schools. In some cases, students may be required to reside in the community where their student teaching assignments take place; transportation to/from the student teaching assignment is the student’s responsibility. Students enrolled in the student teaching semester devote full time to their practicum assignment.

Prior written approval must be obtained from the chair of the Art Education Department for a student to enroll for any other college credit work during a student teaching assignment except for AED 400. All students anticipating a student teaching assignment must show proof of having a test for tuberculosis within three months of the assignment. Results of the test must be filed at the health center.

Transfer Students: Students transferring to the art education major as juniors, and who wish to complete their programs in four semesters, should plan their schedules of coursework in art education with great care, and with an academic adviser. It is important to note that AED 300, AED 301, and AED 302 are intended as a sequence and may not be taken concurrently except for students in post-baccalaureate certification-only programs.

Art teacher certification is a function of the Office of Teaching Initiatives, NYS Education Department, Albany. For information contact the Buffalo State Teacher Certification Office.

Post-baccalaureate (Certification-Only) Program (see below): This program is for students who have already earned a B.S./B.A./B.F.A. degree in a studio area and are interested in earning art teacher certification.

About the Art Education Department

315 Upton Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4106
Fax: (716) 878-6730

Program Requirements

Total Required Credit Hours in Art and Design (60 credits)

A. Required Fine Arts and Design Courses (24 credits)
DES 101 Introduction to Design Two Dimensional
DES 103 Introduction to Design Three Dimensional
FAR 101 Drawing I
FAR 102 Drawing II
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in the Contemporary Arts
FAR 250 Art History I
FAR 251 Art History II
FAR 363 Twentieth-Century Art

B. Fine Arts/Design Electives (12 credits)

C. Fine Arts/Design Studio Concentration (24 credits)

Total Required Credit Hours in Art and Design (60 credits)

A. Required Art/Design History Courses (9 credits)
Content courses from Art Education Department.

AED 200W Fundamentals of Art Inquiry
AED 315 Arts in Living
AED 398 Art, Society, and New Media Technologies for Art Educators

B. Required Professional Education Courses (27 credits)
AED 300W Foundations In Art Education
AED 301W Theoretical Constructs in Art Education
AED 302W Functions and Practice in Art Education
*((AED 303 Elementary Student Teaching in Art 6
AED 304 Secondary Student Teaching in Art 6
AED 400 Student Teaching Seminar))* – Capstone
ATS 325 Art for Children with Special Learning Needs

C. General Studies Courses (30 credits)
General Education Courses + Electives = 39 credits, 9 of which are satisfied by major requirements

Total Required Credit Hours (126 credits)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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