Art Education (K-12)

The art education program prepares you for the State of Illinois Professional Educator's License in Art Education, which qualifies you to teach visual arts in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms.

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 also work closely with the art department.

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 art education program is nationally recognized by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Professional development and licensure in K-12 education
  • More than 600 hours of field experience and student teaching in local classrooms
  • Instruction and mentorship from faculty who taught on six continents, published 30 books on education and served in educational leadership at state and national levels
  • Use of classroom technology such as Smart Board, virtual reality, 3-D printing and wearable devices

Making Your Mark

All 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. That success means you can enter the teaching profession or graduate school after graduation. As an educator, you can consider future graduate studies in curriculum and instruction or other fields.

Major Requirements

Required Mathematics BCC Course - 3 hrs.

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.

Professional Education Requirements - 44 hrs.

  • ETE 100 Technology Applications - 1 hr.
  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 116 Field Experience: Schools and Schooling in American Society - 1 hr.
  • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 211 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood and Effective Teaching Field Experience - 1 hr.
  • ETE 215 Strategies for Effective Teaching- 3 hrs.
  • ETE 270 Physical Development and Health - 1 hr.
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families and Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 303 Novice Teaching Experience in K-12 classrooms - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment -1 hr.
  • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe, Inclusive Learning Environments - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 365 Teaching Reading Within the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 371 Assessment and Technology for Middle School and High School Teachers - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 386 Methods of Teaching K-12 Art - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 499 Student Teaching in High School - 12 hrs.

Art History Core Requirements - 6 hrs.

  • ART 140 - Survey of Art History I - 3 hrs.
  • ART 142 - Survey of Art History II - 3 hrs.

Studio Core Requirements - 19 hrs.

  • ART 101 - Drawing I - 3 hrs.
  • ART 102 - Drawing II - 3 hrs.
  • ART 105 - Two-Dimensional Design - 3 hrs.
  • ART 106 - Three-Dimensional Design - 3 hrs.
  • ART 220 - Professional Lecture Series/Studio Visits I - .5 hrs.
  • ART 221 - Professional Lecture Series/Studio Visits II - .5 hrs.
  • ART 230 - Life Drawing - 3 hrs.
  • I M 113 - Introduction to Interactive Media - 3 hrs.