Female Student at Graduate

Art Education Faculty

Dr. Samuel Adu-Poku

Office: Bliss Hall 4089
Phone: 330.941.1866

Dr. Lillian Lewis
Assistant Professor

Office: Bliss 4019
Phone: 330.941.1865
E-mail: llewis02@ysu.edu

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 art.ysu.edu 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.

Email: Connect Form

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 2661Introduction to Graphic Design3
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
TERG 2610Reading Application in Content Areas Middle Years3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 23
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
ART 1541Survey of Art History 13
ART 1542Survey of Art History 23
Choose two 3700 level or higher Art History course from the following:(+)6
Total Semester Hours120-122
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
ART 1541 Survey of Art History 1 3
ART 2650 Introduction to Painting (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
TERG 2610 Reading Application in Content Areas Middle Years 3
ART 2631 Introduction to Ceramics (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
Natural Science with Lab 4
 Semester Hours16
ART 1542 Survey of Art History 2 3
ART 2611 Introduction to Sculpture (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
ART 3737 Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education 3
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society (Field Experience) 1 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
ART 4837 Professional Practices in Middle School 3
ART 2661 Introduction to Graphic Design (or other Art Breadth Course) 3
EDFN 3708 Education and Society 3
ART 2674 Introduction to Photography (or other Art Breadth Course) 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 3700 or higher Art History Course 3
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
General Education - Social & Personal Awareness 3
ART 2691 Introduction to Digital Media (or other Art Breadth Course) 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).