Art Education Faculty

Dr. Samuel Adu-Poku

Office: Bliss Hall 4089
Phone: 330.941.1866

Art Education

Art Education students are first and foremost artists who want to teach. They are dedicated to becoming lifelong learners, artists, researchers, and teachers. Prospective art teachers are leaders and advocates for the arts in schools, museums, community centers, and other settings while also caring about students with diverse abilities and their learning and nurturing their love of visual art.

At YSU, our program fosters professional teaching skills along with creative and intellectual growth. Students work with art education faculty who have a diverse set of research interests, ranging from the use of digital technology in the classroom and international studies to art curriculum and instruction and multicultural art education. Small class sizes and hands-on field teaching experiences effectively prepare students to enter the profession of teaching or a graduate degree program. Our graduates find rewarding and meaningful employment in public and private schools, community centers, museums, and galleries.

Students may elect art education as their major in the Department of Art as freshmen; however, they may only begin to enroll in art education and breath studio courses after successfully completing the Freshman Foundation Portfolio Review. As juniors, they will begin completing required courses, including those in professional education. The B.S.Ed. leads to teaching licensure in the State of Ohio.

Contact Information for Department of Art

To learn more about the degree programs, scholarships, exhibitions, faculty, and students, visit or contact the Department of Art directly at 330-941-3627. To schedule a personalized campus visit, contact the Cliffe College Coordinator of Admissions and Recruitment at 330-941-2346.

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First-Year Requirement--Student Success Seminar
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3
Arts and Humanities (included in major)0
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) 7
Social Science (1 course)3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
Art Foundation Courses
ART 1501Fundamentals of 2D Design3
ART 1502Fundamentals of 3D Design3
ART 1503Foundation Portfolio Review 11
ART 1521Foundation Drawing3
ART 1522Intermediate Drawing3
Art Breadth Courses
ART 2611Introduction to Sculpture3
ART 2625Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief3
or ART 2626 Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screenprinting
ART 2631Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 2650Introduction to Painting3
ART 2661Print Design 13
ART 2674Introduction to Photography3
ART 2691Introduction to Digital Media3
Art Education Courses
ART 3737Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education3
ART 3757Art Education for Diverse Populations3
ART 4837Professional Practices in Middle School (+)3
ART 4838Professional Practices in Secondary School (+)3
ART 4839Seminar in Art Education (+)3
Professional Education Coursework
EDFN 1501Introduction to Education3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 23
TERG 3711Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years3
EDFN 3708Education and Society (+)3
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education (+)3
Student Teaching Coursework
ART 4844Supervised Student Teaching: Art (K-12) (+)10
ART 4842AStudent Teaching Seminar for Art Education (+)2
Art History and Theory
Choose two 1500 level Art History courses from the following:6
Choose two 3700 level or higher Art History courses from the following:6
Total Semester Hours120-122

Important Notes:

Neither admission to the University nor declaration of a major related to a teaching field guarantees admission to the Art Education program, BCLASSE’s Teacher Education Programs or candidacy for a teaching license.  Formal Admission to the Art Program and Teacher Education (Upper-Division) is required before teacher candidates are allowed to enroll in certain junior and senior level courses in BCLASSE and Cliffe College's Art Ed Program. Undetermined education majors must declare a major before applying for admission to the Art Ed Program or Teacher Education Program.

Admission to the Art Ed Program and Teacher Education Program is obtained upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

_____ Minimum completion of 50 SH

_____ Minimum 2.75 overall GPA

Meet one of the following criteria:

_____ Overall GPA 3.4 or better, OR

_____ ACT scores of Reading-21, English-18, Math-22, AND/ OR

_____ SAT scores of Reading-480, Writing-480, Math-530, AND/ OR

_____ Praxis CORE scores, Reading-156, Writing-162, Math-150

(Attach a copy of your CORE scores to the application) “B” average or better (A-C, B-B) for:

_____ ENGL 1550

_____ ENGL 1551.

If failure to meet “B” average above must also complete:

_____ ENGL 2601 grade of “B” or better.

If you receive a “C” or below you will need to retake the course. “B” average or better (B-B-B, A-B-C) across the following:

_____ EDFN 1501

_____ CMST 1545

_____ SPED 2630

_____ ART 15XX (1500 level required Art History course)

If student does not have a “B” average, student will be required to retake one or more of these courses until the “B” average is achieved. A grade of “C” or better is required in all required major courses.  Courses taken as “CR/NC” will not count towards the major. Professional education and block courses may only be repeated one time. Minimum requirements for teaching license are determined by the Ohio Department of Education; if those requirements change, they become effective immediately at Youngstown State University. (YSU Undergraduate Catalog)

Upper-Division Application Process:

Upper division application and forms must be printed from the Cliffe College’s Art Program website and turned into the Cliffe College's Art Academic Advisor in Bliss Hall, Rm. 2324.

After completing a minimum of 50 SH, submit the following:

Upper Division Application Form, Good Moral Character Statement, Social Media Usage Acknowledgement Form, Copy of BCI & FBI Clearances, Schedule an upper division interview with the Art Education Program Coordinator, no later than the Upper Division Application Deadline:

September 1 —to register for Upper Division Courses for Spring 

February 1 —to register for Upper Division courses for Summer & Fall

Each completed application is reviewed and approved by the Upper Division Admission and Retention Committee.  If all requirements are met, the teacher candidate will receive an acceptance letter and may register for Upper Division courses for the following semester.  Upper Division courses are the courses designated with the “+” symbol.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed until the end of the respective semester.

Program Notes:

Candidates will not be permitted to take the following professional education courses more than twice:  EDFN 1501, EDFN 3708, PSYC 3709, SPED 2630, TERG 3711, all preclinical experience courses, student teaching, and student teaching seminar. If the program is concerned regarding teacher candidate performance in the preclinical experience, as determined by CPAST criteria, the program coordinator may require the teacher candidate to complete an additional preclinical experience prior to the student teaching experience. 

Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Exams:

Candidates are required to take and pass the OAE Art Content Exam to be eligible for student teaching.  The OAE Art Content Exam should be taken the semester before student teaching.  Information for the test can be found here:

Request for Graduation Evaluation:

Graduation evaluation request must be submitted one year prior to the intended graduating semester no later than: 

September 1 —for Fall 

February 1 —for Spring 

Student Teaching Prerequisites:

The Art Ed program and BCLASSE Upper Division and Senior status, Overall 2.75 GPA, Minimum of 2.67 GPA in subject area curriculum and professional education courses with no grade less than a “C” (each computed individually), Completion of Graduation Evaluation, and Passage of OAE test(s). Instructions for completing the Student Teaching Application and Forms are available on Cliffe College’s Art Program website.  

The application and forms must be completed and printed from the Cliffe College’s Art Program website and submitted to the Cliffe College's Art Academic Advisor in Bliss Hall, Rm. 2324 no later than:

September 1—to Student Teach the following Spring Semester

February 1—to Student Teach the following Fall Semester 

Graduation Process:

Apply for graduation during the first three weeks of the semester you plan to graduate.  Graduation evaluation must be completed in advance of application for graduation. 

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Education without Licensure: 

Teacher candidates who choose to graduate without licensure must apply for approval with the Cliffe College Art Academic Advisor in Bliss Hall, Rm. 2324. Once approved, teacher candidates graduating without licensure must take TCED 4830 (3 SH) capstone in place of student teaching or have a total of 120 s.h. completed at the university.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ART 1501 Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 1521 Foundation Drawing 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
EDFN 1501 Introduction to Education (*BCI check required) 3
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
 Semester Hours13-15
ART 1502 Fundamentals of 3D Design 3
ART 1522 Intermediate Drawing 3
ART 1503 Foundation Portfolio Review 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Choose one 1500 level Art History course 3
ART 2650 Introduction to Painting (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
ART 2631 Introduction to Ceramics (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
SPED 2630L Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society Laboratory Experience 0
General Education - Natural Science with Lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Choose one 1500 level Art History course 3
ART 2611 Introduction to Sculpture (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
ART 3737 Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education 3
TERG 3711 Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
ART 4837 Professional Practices in Middle School 3
ART 2661 Print Design 1 (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
ART 2674 Introduction to Photography (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
EDFN 3708 Education and Society 3
General Education - Natural Science 3
 Semester Hours15
ART 3757 Art Education for Diverse Populations 3
ART 2625
Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief (or other Art Breadth Course)
or Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screenprinting
ART 2691 Introduction to Digital Media (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
ART 3700 or higher Art History Course 3
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
General Education - Social & Personal Awareness 3
*For spring semester student teaching, students should take the OAE exam between May of the third year and August of the fourth year.  
**Request a Graduation Evaluation from the CCCAC Advising Office, 2324 Bliss Hall, (330) 941-3625 after you have completed 80-85 sh.  
 Semester Hours18
Year 4
ART 4838 Professional Practices in Secondary School 3
ART 4839 Seminar in Art Education 3
ART 3700 level or higher Art History Course 3
General Education - Social & Personal Awareness 3
General Education - Social Science 3
*Anyone planning to student teach in the spring semester must apply for student teaching by September 1st. The deadline for Fall student teaching is the previous February 1st.  
 Semester Hours15
ART 4844 Supervised Student Teaching: Art (K-12) 10
ART 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Art Education 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours120-122

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for visual arts Pre-K to 12 are as follows:

  •  Students will demonstrate thorough knowledge of arts vocabulary.
  •  Students will demonstrate skills in communicating verbally and visually in their knowledge about the arts.
  •  Students will achieve the highest possible level of technical skills in the appropriate medium.
  •  Students will achieve the highest possible level of content expression in the appropriate medium.
  •  Students will demonstrate working knowledge of trends in general art history and theory with an emphasis in 20th century art.
  •  Students will demonstrate pedagogical skills and insights as they pertain to specific classroom needs.
  •  Students will demonstrate awareness and growth in confidence in teaching contemporary strategies while teaching the visual arts.
  •  Students will demonstrate skill in discriminating between creative (divergent) experiences and those that do not promote the artistic growth of the child (convergent).