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The Art Education degree is a Professional Program for undergraduate students who seek certification to teach art in public schools and undergraduate students who seek to teach in non-public school alternative settings. Certification to teach in public schools requires that you meet a range of standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Art Education Department, and Kutztown University. The Art Education degree in Alternative Settings is not guided by certification mandates from the State. Both programs of study are accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education).


Art Education Calendar

Meeting Applies to:  
Required Clearances Must be kept current starting with ARU110

A copy of your current clearances must be handed in the first day of class.

See Clearances section below for more information.

Early Field
1 Semester prior to enrollment
Pre-Registration Dates - Fall 2018

Tues, March 20

SH 1114
11:00 am
Clinical Experience 2 Semesters prior to enrollment
Pre-Registration Dates - Spring 2019
Tues, Sept 25 BK 227 11:00-11:45
Web, Sept 26 BK 240 4:00-4:45
Thurs, Sept 27 BK 240 11:00-11:45
Thurs, Sept 27 BK 240 4:00-4:45

Downloads and Important Links

PDF Downloads KU and Beyond Links
Taskstream Instructions
Office of Field Experiences and Outreach
Info Sheet - Art Ed List Serve KU-COE KU-ST List Serve Instructions
Disposition Document
Clearance Requirements
Independent Study Form FBI Federal Criminal History - Fingerprinting
Individualized Instruction Form Criminal History Online application
Internship/Field Experience Form PA Child Abuse History Clearance
Info Sheet - Basic Skills Assessment/Subject Assessment Pre-service Testing Center
Info Sheet - faculty Office Info. National Art Education Association
National Art Education Assoc KU Student Chapter
Academic Standards for Arts and Humanities

Pennsylvania Department of Education


CLEARANCES: The Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (ACT 34), Federal Criminal History Record (Fingerprinting, ACT 114) and Child Abuse History Check (ACT 151), Mandated Child Abuse Reporter Training (ACT 126) are prerequisites for ARU 110, ARU 210, ARU 310, ARU 301, and ARU 390/391.

Your ACT 34, ACT 114 and ACT 151 applications should list you as the receiver of the original form and a COPY of your ACT 34, ACT 114 and ACT 151 should be given to the Art Education and Crafts faculty member teaching the course on the first day of your class. You MUST print your receipt and request the paper copy of the Federal Criminal History Record when you register, this is the copy you will need to give to your professor. This is the only opportunity you will have to obtain a paper copy, the office may NOT print a copy for you.

TASKSTREAM: Undergraduate Art Education majors who seek certification to teach art in public schools will be required to maintain an electronic portfolio. This can be obtained through the TaskStream website.

Basic Skills Assessment/Subject Assessment TESTS: Undergraduate Art Education majors who seek certification to teach art in public schools will be required to take the Basic Skills Assessment and Subject Assessment tests during your time at Kutztown. The first set of tests are Reading, Writing, Mathematics, these should be taken at the completion of your 2nd semester or after having completed your second math requirement. The Subject Assessment tests (Art Content and Fundamental Subjects) should be taken at the end of the semester that you have taken ARU 310: Teaching Visual Culture: High School Settings. To register and to learn more about the required test and how to sign-up to take them go to  Click on the Current Students link on the left side.

1ST YEAR STUDENTS: You will be placed into the appropriate courses for the first semester (see Check Sheet Art Ed ). These will include 2D Design, Drawing I, Math 103, English Composition, and Art History I. You will meet with your advisor to discuss your 2nd semester courses.

TRANSFER STUDENTS: You should meet with the Department Chair to review the courses that have transferred into Kutztown and to sign-up for our first semester’s courses. For subsequent semesters you will be assigned an advisor, who you will meet with to discuss course the registration process (see Check Sheet Art Ed).

ADVISORS: You will be assigned an advisor when you enter into the program. Should a faculty member not be available for a semester, you will be assigned a temporary academic advisor.

CANDIDACY: The semester before you reach 48 credits all students need to enroll in stage requirement in Watermark/Taskstream to receive candidacy. To receive candidacy you will have had to have passed all of the Candidacy Requirements noted on the Stage Requirement information sheet. You should have met these requirements in the semester prior to reaching 48 credits. Students who do not meet these requirements will have the major status of PreCandidacy. This designation will preclude you from taking the following courses: ARU 210, ARU 310; ARU 301; ARU 390; ARU 391.

OBSERVATION HOURS: You will need to complete 30 observation hours for your program. These hours are built into the Art Education methods classes (ARU 110, 210, & 310). If you have a Professor in EDU 100 who requires observations for their class, inform them that you are an Art Education student.

METHODS CLASSES: There are three methods classes ARU 110, 210, and 310. These course must be taken in sequence. Students in these courses will complete readings from ART EDUCATION, the professional journal of the National Art Education Association (NAEA).

EARLY FIELD EXPERIENCE: In the Early Field class, each week you meet as a seminar class on Tuesdays and spend one day a week (Thursdays) with a co-operating teacher in-the-field. All students must sign up for Early Field in the semester prior to taking the class. It is important that you attend that meeting. Check List Serve and Calendar for dates and times. Students should register for their Subject Assessment tests during this class.

CLINICAL FIELD EXPERIENCE: Undergraduate Art Education majors who seek certification must sign up for Clinical Field Experience two semesters prior to placement. Check List Serve and Calendar for dates and times. In this course you will be placed in two separate educational setting, where you will teach along side of a co-operative teacher. This is an intensive experience designed to replicate professional experiences.

INTERNSHIP: Undergraduate Art Education majors in the Alternative Settings track enroll in internships that afford professional experiences in diverse settings: non-public schools, community arts, museums and galleries, and health-based environments.


Dual Major Option: Once accepted, student may choose to Dual Major in Crafts or Dual Major in Fine Arts, a program of study that normally takes 5 years and leads to both the B.S. in Art Education and a B.F.A. in Fine Arts or a B.F.A. in Crafts. Fine Arts and Crafts students may apply by submitting an Art Education Portfolio to the Art Education office. Art Education students may submit a Crafts Portfolio to the AE&C office or a Fine Arts Portfolio to the Fine Arts office. See Prospective Students for more information.


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