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Art Education Major

As an educator you will have the privilege and challenge of educating future generations. Grand View's accredited education program is committed to the preparation of teachers of excellence. It is a dynamic and respected teacher-preparation program. Education faculty, in partnership with practicing teachers, model effective teaching and classroom management. Students spend at least two semesters in supervised in-school settings in preparation for the student teaching experience. You'll also learn critical thinking and problem solving strategies and will be coached in the development of a personal teaching philosophy.

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Why Grand View?

  • Faculty members nurture individual students while holding them accountable on their path to becoming a professional educator.
  • We are uniquely positioned in Des Moines, Iowa, which allows students to experience urban, suburban and rural classrooms in practicum and student teaching.
  • Committed to developing teachers who are empowered to meet the diverse needs of today's students.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind, research-based grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This five-year grant will prepare teachers with ESL endorsements. You will gain cutting edge skills, marketability and other incentives.
  • The Grand View teacher education program is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education.
Career Options

You will be doing more than just teaching with a degree from Grand View. You will be changing lives through education when you work as a(n):

  • Fine Arts Teacher
  • Museum Curator
  • Textbook Illustrator
  • Curriculum Director for art instruction programs

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Students who are interested in Art Education (K-12) must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in a prescribed liberal arts pre-education program, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and successfully pass all three Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (reading = 156, writing = 162, and mathematics = 150) before they are formally admitted to the teacher education program of the University. (See Pre-Education Program and Application for Admission to Teacher Education sections of the catalog). 

Art Education students must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in coursework required for the major (including ARTS pre-requisites) and a minimum 3.0 GPA in coursework required for each complementary endorsement pursued. No D grades are accepted. Students must earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in all college work. Any request for a change in the sequence of curriculum for the Art Education Program must be submitted to the Education and Art Department chairs for consideration by the faculty of both departments. Successful completion of these requirements, all other University graduation requirements, and all State of Iowa teacher licensure requirements will lead to a recommendation to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for an Iowa teaching license. 

Please note that the courses marked with * will not be counted in computing the GPA for this major, unless required for the content major or endorsements.

Pre-Education Requirements / Prerequisites for Courses

Minimum 3.0 GPA required (18 credits toward the major plus 12-14 credits toward General Education Core Requirements)

ENGL 101* First Year Composition 3 credits
A Math Course* Must meet GV General Ed Core

3 credits

A Science Course* Must meet GV General Ed Core 3 - 4 credits
PSYC 101* General Psychology 3 credits
SPCH 103 or
SPCH 126
Making Connections or
Speaking of Faith and Meaning
3 credits
EDUC 111 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDUC 145 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDUC 243 or EDUC 244 Instructional Planning & Assessment or Planning & Assessment for Art, Music and Physical Education 3 or 2 credits
EDUC 280 Social Issues in Education 3 credits
PSYC 212 Human Development 4 credits

Additional Prerequisites (12 credits)

ARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing I 3 credits
ARTS 102 Foundations of Drawing II 3 credits
ARTS 103 Principles of Design I 3 credits
ARTS 104 Principles of Design II 3 credits

Remaining Requirements (63 credits)

EDUC 242 Pedagogies of Exceptional Learners 3 credits
ARTS 366 Advanced Digital Imaging 3 credits
ARTS 319 Art Methods for Elementary Schools 3 credits
EDUC 306
EDUC 307
Education Practicum: Primary Elementary (Grades K-3) or Education Practicum: Intermediate Elementary (Grades 4-6) 2 credits
ARTS 320 Art Methods for Secondary Schools 3 credits
EDUC 308
EDUC 309
Education Practicum: Middle School (Grades 5-8) or Education Practicum: High School (Grades 9-12) 2 credits
EDUC 421 Content Area Reading 3 credits
EDUC 442
EDUC 443
Elementary Classroom Management
Secondary Classroom Management
2 credits

9 Hours of Art History Selected From the Following

ARTS 231 Survey of the History of Art I 3 credits
ARTS 232 Survey of the History of Art II 3 credits
ARTS/ENGL 330 Visual Culture & Rhetoric 3 credits
ARTS 340 The History of Graphic Design 3 credits
ARTS 431 Special Topics in Art History 3 credits
ARTS 342 Twentieth Century Art History 3 credits

9 Hours of Studio Courses Selected From 1 of the 3 Areas Below

Option 1

ARTS 221 Beginning Painting I 3 credits
ARTS 222 Beginning Painting II 3 credits
ARTS 321 Intermediate Painting I 3 credits
ARTS 322 Intermediate Painting II 3 credits

Option 2

ARTS 201 Intermediate Drawing I 3 credits
ARTS 202 Intermediate Drawing II 3 credits
ARTS 331 Advanced Drawing I 3 credits
ARTS 332 Advanced Drawing II 3 credits

Option 3

ARTS 261 Graphic Design I 3 credits
ARTS 265 Graphic Design II 3 credits
ARTS 300 Graphic Design III 3 credits
ARTS 361 Graphic Design IV 3 credits

Other Required Art Courses (Studio Electives)

12 credits from areas other than the studio major.

6 hours of two-dimensional studio classes

(drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking)

ARTS  - 3 credits
ARTS - 3 credits

6 hours of three-dimensional studio classes

ARTS - 3 credits
ARTS - 3 credits

Other Required Education Courses (12 credits)

EDUC 420 Elementary Student Teaching 6 credits
EDUC 425 Secondary Student Teaching 6 credits
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Dedicated in 2008, the 42,851 square-foot $8.5 million building houses the departments of art, education, history, criminal justice, political studies, psychology and sociology, as well as general-purpose classrooms, art studios, computer labs, the ALT Center, faculty offices, and various student amenities.

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Is Art Education Right for You?

Talented artist? Great with kids? Enjoy inspiring others to create? Become an art teacher! You’ll graduate with the ability to guide others to artistic fulfillment.

You'll choose a studio area to study in depth -- drawing, painting or graphic design. You'll learn and be able to demonstrate best practices in the teaching of Art and as a teacher, bring to your students your passion for art and your own love of learning.

Did You Know?

Upon successful completion of the required curriculum of 130 credits, you are recommended to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for licensure in Elementary Education.

Return on Your Investment

At Grand View, we believe the best way to become a successful elementary school teacher is to spend four years as an active participant in preschool to sixth-grade classrooms.

Your experiences in Des Moines metropolitan area schools will begin during your first year of study and continue until you graduate with the skills needed to be a licensed instructor.

As one of the largest programs of our kind in the Midwest, we have partnerships with school districts, offering our students the opportunity to student teach and engage in field experiences at small, large, urban, rural, public and private schools.

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