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Secondary Education Visual Art (BA)

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Content Area Courses 

Core: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
ART 101DIGITAL FOUNDATIONS4
ART 105TWO-DIMENSIONAL FOUNDATIONS4
ART 106BEGINNING DRAWING4
ART 200ART & ARTISTS IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE4
ART 113THREE DIMENSIONAL FOUNDATIONS4
or ART 114 FOUR DIMENSIONAL FOUNDATIONS
Studio Art: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
ART 110BEGINNING PAINTING4
ART 115BEGINNING SCULPTURE4
ART 206INTERMEDIATE DRAWING4
or ART 218 FIGURE DRAWING
ART 229BEGINNING PRINTMAKING4
Select one Art History Course4
Media Arts: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
ART 225BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY4
or ART 224 BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
ART 226VIDEO ART4
or ART 289 EXPERIMENTAL FILM AND VIDEO
ART 358GRAPHIC ART4
or ART 332 TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHIC PRACTICE
Select one 300-level ART Studio Elective Course 4

Introductory Courses: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
SEC 364METHODS: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
SCU 336ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT4
or SCU 337 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Advanced Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 346STRATEGIES FOR MAINSTREAMING AND INCLUSION4
SEC 325LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS4
SEC 365ART AND PEDAGOGY4
SEC 366TEACHER AS ARTIST4
SCU 351DOING CRITICAL PRACTITIONER RESEARCH IN EDUCATION 14
SEC 395ASSESSMENT ISSUES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION4
BBE 301TEACHING ADOLESCENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND DIALECT SPEAKERS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4

Open Electives: 8 quarter hours are required

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. The following cannot be used to fulfill an open elective: WRD 98, MAT 94, and MAT 95.

Student Teaching: 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. All students also take SEC 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section). 

Course Title Quarter Hours
SEC 390SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING10
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Visual Art majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. Test must be passed one quarter prior to Student Teaching. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Visual Art Content Area Test (test #145) – assesses elements, principles, and expressive features of the visual arts; creating and producing works of visual art; analyzing and evaluating works of visual art; and the role of the visual arts. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

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