University of New Mexico  


There are three avenues of study in the Art Education Program at the University of New Mexico 

Bachelor of Arts - Art Education

Post-Baccalaurate Visual Art K-12 Licensure

Master of Arts in Art Education


Programs of Study

   MA plus licensure
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Degree Offered: B.A. in Art Education

The following program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. Upon completion of this program the graduate is qualified to apply for New Mexico licensure to teach visual arts, grades K-12. Some states have licensure reciprocity with New Mexico. Contact other states' departments of education for information and planning.

A student who wishes to be admitted into the teacher preparation program in art is required to meet the screening criteria and procedures of the College of Education and Art Education. Screening is done concurrently with the program's prerequisites screening course, Art Education 310, and in some cases Art Education 320.

Upon admission into the teacher preparation program in art, the student is assigned a faculty adviser with whom the student must be in contact on a regular basis and with whom the student will construct an official program of studies. The program of studies is to be drawn up as early as possible after acceptance into the program. The student is required to meet with his or her adviser each semester throughout the program.

Curriculum for B.A. in Art Education for K-12 Art Teaching Licensure

The undergraduate curriculum is composed of four areas: General education, professional education, art studio, and subject matter electives.

1. General Education (58 credit hours)

* English (12 credit hours): Including Composition 1 & 2, Expository Writing, and an English literature elective.
* Math (6 credit hours): Including College Algebra and a math elective.
* Physical and Natural Sciences (13 credit hours): Including specific courses to be selected from Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Physical Sciences, or Physics, and including one laboratory course with one of the above.
* Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours): Including a Political Science and Sociology course.
* Humanities (12 credit hours): Including History of Western Civilization, History of the USA, History of New Mexico, and Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics.
* Second Language (3 credit hours): Select one course from non-English language offerings or Signed Language.

2. Professional Education (30 credit hours).

* Including Developmental, Psychological and Social Issues in Education
* Teaching Art in the Elementary and Secondary Schools
* Elementary and Secondary Student Teaching
* Three-3 credit Studio Methods courses.

3. Teaching Area - Art (36 credit hours).

* Including 2-D & 3-D Design
* 6 credit hours in Drawing
* 9 credit hours in a single media-studio concentration
* 15 credit hours in Art Studio electives
* 9 credit hours of art history to include survey, modern, and art history of the Southwest.

4. Free Electives (4 credit hours).


Art Education Minor

The Art Education program offers an undergraduate non-licensure minor in art education for Elementary Education majors.
This is a 24 hour minor.