Art and Design at Missouri State

Art Education

Throughout the Art Education teacher-training program, students learn how to understand, motivate and engage K-12 learners in the study and appreciation of visual art. All of the courses offered in the program require at least nine classroom observations, helping lay the groundwork for an in-depth study of classroom management and innovative teaching strategies. Thematic lessons and unit plans that integrate with other subjects are written in each course. All teaching presentations are videotaped and discussed in a group setting, and the final course prior to student teaching is a practicum in art education, where students spend four weeks in community schools working with an art teacher at every level.

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Student Learning Outcomes




To begin course work in the field of art education, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.

Admission requirements

The art education program is offered in partnership with the College of Education. You must meet certain admission and certification requirements to continue in the program.

Certification eligibility requirements

Completion of certification requirements is a four-step process. Students who receive a certification recommendation must meet the standards for certification eligibility as outlined below:

  1. Requirements for Eligibility to Enroll in Professional Education Courses: Before a student can enroll in the introductory methods courses (ECE 304, ELE 302, KIN 200, MUS 200, SEC 302, or SPE 310), the student must have:
    1. A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.50 or higher. 
    2. Meet with academic advisor to determine whether completion of EDC 150 transfer section is required. Note: For Agriculture Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Music Education, Physical Education, and Special Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
    3. Family Care Safety Registry report on file prior to any clinical experience placement. Contact College of Education Student Services Office, 200 Hill Hall. A small fee is charged for this report.
  1. Requirements for Admission to and Continuance in the Teacher Education Program: Students who plan to complete teacher certification requirements must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Eligibility is automatically monitored when enrolling in EDC 150 transfer section, ECE 304, ELE 302, KIN 200, MUS 200, SEC 302, or SPE 310. Admission to the Program is required before students are allowed to begin additional courses in the professional education component (with the exception of EDT 365 which may be taken concurrently with EDC 345, ELE 302, SEC 302, or SPE 310).

    The criteria used to determine admission to the Teacher Education Program are outlined below. In addition to having completed at least 45 semester hours (secondary and middle school majors) or 30 semester hours (early childhood, elementary, and special education majors) of university coursework, the student must have:


    1. Earned a combined (both Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher. A major (certificate subject area) GPA of 2.75 or higher is also required for students in History (Social Science), and a major (certificate subject area) GPA of 3.00 and passing score on the piano proficiency exam are also required for all students in Music education.
    2. Earned a passing score on all four sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) examination and completed the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP). Refer to the MoGEA website for details.
    3. Earned a grade of “C” or higher in COM 115.
    4. Purchased a subscription to Taskstream (comprehensive portfolio system).

    5. Completed ECE 304, ELE 302, KIN 200, MUS 200, SEC 302, or SPE 310, with a grade of “C” or higher. Note: A grade of "B" or higher is required in ELE 302 or transfer equivalent for Elementary Education majors. 

    6. Registration with the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR).
    7. Completed Disposition Checklist and Student Contract.

Art and Design (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science in Education (Certifiable grades K-12)
Admission Requirements

In addition to completing Foundations courses (ART 100, 101, 110, 115) students must have a combined GPA (Missouri State and transfer combined) of at least 2.50, GPA in Art and Design of 2.50, "C" or higher in ART 360. Application for admission to the degree program may be made after completion of thirty hours and must be made before sixty hours have been completed or student records will be encumbered. In addition to completing the specific Art and Design requirements, students must also fulfill all the admission requirements as listed under the Teacher Education Program section of this catalog.

Program Requirements
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirement: ART 271(3) or 274(3)
  2. Major Requirements (66 hours)
    1. Foundations (12 hours): ART 100(3), 101(3), 110(3), 115(3)
    2. Art History (9 hours): ART 271(3) or 272(3); ART 273(3) or 274(3); and ART 480(3) or 484(3)
    3. Studio Art (30 hours):
      1. ART 212(3), 215(3), 225(3), 235(3), 242(3) or 243(3), 253(3), 255(3)
      2. 3 courses from: ART 210(3), 312(3), 315(3), 322(3), 323(3), 325(3), 335(3), 342(3), DES 300(3), PHI 320(3); or two courses plus ART 354(3) or 355(3) or 356(3)
    4. Art Education (15 hours): ART 360(3), 366(3), 401(3), 460(3), 466(3)
    5. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of ART 490(5-6) and 491(5-6).

  3. Professional Education Courses. Note: A grade of “C” or better in each course is required for state certification.
    1. ART 360(3), 366(3), 401(3), 466(3), 490(5-6), 491(5-6)
    2. Professional Education Required Core and Competencies - see Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Program and Secondary Education Requirements section of catalog
  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog
  5. This program also requires compliance with the Teacher Education Program requirements for eligibility to enroll in Professional Education courses; admission to and continuance in the Teacher Education Program; approval for supervised teaching; and recommendation for certification; as well as the requirements for Secondary Education. Refer to the Teacher Education Program section of the catalog for requirements.
  6. In order to meet Missouri state teacher certification requirements, candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are required to meet the following grade point average requirements: at least a 2.75 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended; at least a 3.00 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study) which includes all courses listed under B; at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area; at least a 3.00 GPA in the professional education courses which includes all courses listed under C; and no grade lower than a "C" in all professional education courses. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the art education program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major to art education by visiting the Academic Advisement Center, University Hall 109
  2. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study
  3. Complete the admission requirements listed above, including the C-BASE exam
  4. Enroll in SEC 302 to automatically apply for your program

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.

Application review

Upon completion of the above requirements, a student’s record is reviewed and submitted to the Educator Preparation Provider Council (EPPC) for admission to Teacher Education. A student’s qualifications for continuance in the Teacher Education Program is subject to review and change by the EPPC at any time while the student is enrolled. Students should check with their advisor or department head for any additional program specific requirements.

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