The art education program prepares you for Illinois certification as an art teacher for elementary or secondary schools. It is essentially a double major in Art and Design and Education.
Preparing You For Success
You participate in classroom field experiences your freshman year, then you gain additional field experiences your sophomore and junior years. These prepare you for the senior year student teaching experience. Bradley faculty and your supervising teachers are valuable mentors throughout the process. You are also anchored in the Department of Art and Design as you complete a studio art degree. The teacher education department is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It also is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The high school education program is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association and National Council of Teachers of English.
By the time you graduate, your experiences include:
Courses in art history
Expertise in one art form and exposure to six others
Professional development and licensure in high school (secondary) education
More than 500 hours of field experience and student teaching in local classrooms
Instruction and mentorship from faculty who have taught on six continents, published 30 books on education and served in educational leadership at state and national levels
Research opportunities with faculty
Use of classroom technologies such as Smart Boards, virtual reality, 3-D printing and wearable devices
Making Your Mark
Art education teachers are in demand. Recent art education students who completed the program and graduated boast a 100 percent pass rate on Illinois licensure tests, including the national edTPA portfolio evaluation. Almost all found jobs within six months of graduation. That success means you can enter the teaching profession or graduate school after commencement. Many graduates are working for school districts in the Midwest. As an educator, you also can consider future graduate studies in curriculum and instruction or other fields.
Course sequence information is provided for sample purposes only. Students should consult with their academic advisor about their individual plan for course registration and completion of program requirements.