Art Education, BS (Certifiable for PK-12)

Central to Instruction Techniques for Creativity.

Central’s BSEd in Art Education prepares students for a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teaching certification in Connecticut. Students develop into well-educated and competent art teachers ready to assume the responsibilities of planning and executing elementary and secondary art programs. This includes instruction in art production, art history and culture, art criticism, and aesthetics.

Graduates assume leadership roles in promoting art programming and the need for art education. Students and graduates demonstrate professionalism through involvement in community activities and professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

Program Features

  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Classes are on-campus
  • Engage with contemporary art education theory and methods
  • Cohort classes build camaraderie and a strong support system
  • More than 60 hours of field experience before Student Teaching
  • Opportunity to exhibit personal artwork in the Annual Art Educators Show
  • Experience teaching students with Saturday Arts Workshop during Junior Year
  • Knowledgeable, diverse, and energetic faculty engaged in actively exhibiting artwork in galleries, museums, and theaters of national and international scope
  • Internship and study abroad opportunities
  • Financial aid and scholarships available
  • Free on-campus child care available

Admissions Contact

Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Vicente Garcia
Professor, Department Chair
Art & Design
James J. Maloney Hall
FA 152

Academic Department

Did You Know?

Students may specialize in a specific media as a concentration in their degree.

Over 95% job placement rate for Central graduates in the last six years.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Art Making - Art teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge of appropriate techniques and processes in a variety of visual media.
  2. Art in Context - Art teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge of art forms, artists, and art works from diverse historical and contemporary contexts.
  3. Planning - Teacher candidates will design comprehensive, sequential art curriculum that incorporates a variety of teaching strategies and considers the developmental appropriateness of K-12 students.
  4. Applying - Art teacher candidates will use a variety of teaching and assessment strategies to promote students’ conceptual learning and artistic achievement during select field and student teaching experiences.
  5. Reflective Practitioner - Art teacher candidates will engage in self-reflection and analysis of their field and teaching experiences to identify areas for personal growth.