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Students in ODU's Arts Education program focus on art materials, techniques and developmental theory for use in classrooms, Pre-K to grade 12.

Degree offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education
Licensure offered:
  • Art Education, Multi-Age
See also:

Arts Education at ODU embraces the Dominican tradition of art as a form of social justice and responsibility. The program teaches its students the habits of collaboration, critical thinking, reflection, and the historical concept that art is one of the truest reflections of culture and society and needs to be an integral part of the education of every child. 

The program balances creative experimentation with historical knowledge, interdisciplinary inquiry and application, community outreach, and best practices in pre-service classroom pedagogy and assessment. 

ODU's Arts Education coursework emphasizes age-appropriate evaluation techniques, cross disciplinary planning, whole curriculum development, multicultural theory, critical analysis, student portfolio development and classroom management techniques.

The Arts Education, Multi-Age licensure provides students with both the technical and theoretical knowledge to use confidently and thoughtfully while preparing students for the National Proficiency Exams in Art.

  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan for Arts Education Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 ART 140
    ART 101 ART 203
    MTH 121
    HST Social/Behavioral Science
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ART 279A
    ART 151
    ART 150 Required Elective
    ART 237 EDU 220
    EDU 112 THL
    Foreign Language 110 Foreign Language 111
      EDU 314 (1/2 semester)
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 379A
    EDU 346
    DSN 112 EDU 410
    ART 262 ART 337
    THL Required Elective
    Social/Behavioral Science ART 498
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    Natural Science EDU 487
    ART 479 EDU 488
    Required Elective

    PHL 320
    Required Electives – Choose 9 credits from the following:
    • ART 116, ART 156, ART 210, ART 215, ART 220, ART 270, ART 312, ART 320, ART 325
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. or Licensure in Arts Education
    Degree-seeking students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below.

    Licensure-only students, those who completed a bachelor's degree prior to beginning this program, need only the requirements listed below
    Courses Credits
    ART 101 Academic Drawing 3*
    ART 140 Introduction to Painting 3*
    ART 150 History of Western Art I 3*
    ART 151 History of Western Art II 3*
    ART 203 Observational Drawing 3*
    ART 237 Art for Teachers 3*
    ART 262 Color Theory & Production 3*
    ART 337 Visual Art Methods: Grades 4–12 3*
    ART 498 Senior Exhibition 3*
    DSN 112 Foundations in Design 3*
    Select nine credits from the following courses:

    Courses Credits
    ART 116 Introduction to Photography 3*
    ART 156 Ceramics 3*
    ART 210 Botanical Illustration 3*
    ART 215 Introduction to Textiles 3*
    ART 220 Introduction to Book Arts 3*
    ART 270 History of Women in Art 3*
    ART 312 Green Art 3*
    ART 320 Materials Exploration 3*
    ART 325 Contemporary Art 3*
    Suggested Correlative

    Courses Credits
    ART 279A CORE: Art & the Global Community 3
    Required Professional Education Courses

    Courses Credits
    EDU 112 Introduction to Teaching: Adolescence to Young Adult 3
    EDU 220 Educational Psychology 3
    EDU 314 Content Area Reading 3
    EDU 346 Adolescence to Young Adult & Multi-Age Methods 3
    EDU 379A CORE: Principles of Education 3
    EDU 410 Assessment & Technology for Teaching & Learning 3
    EDU 487 Supervised Teaching: Adolescence to Young Adult or Multi-Age 12
    EDU 488 Teaching Seminar: Adolescence to Young Adult or Multi-Age 1
    Total Credits Required 70
    *Used to calculate the Major GPA