Secondary Education - Art Concentration

Secondary Education - Art Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Art Concentration

Inspire creativity in K–12 students as an art teacher.

Embark on a rewarding career teaching art by pursuing a bachelor's degree in secondary education with an art concentration from California University of Pennsylvania. You will graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to teach art to grades K-12.

This comprehensive bachelor's degree program combines courses in education with studio art and art history classes.

Hands-on learning creates top teachers.

  • Excel in student teaching and stand out in the art education job market. Cal U students complete three fieldwork experiences in local schools prior to student teaching, spending time in different grade levels.
  • Founded as a teachers college, Cal U has been taking a hands-on approach to teacher training for more than 165 years.


Personal Attention: Our expert faculty members are available and approachable. They are here to answer your questions, provide personal assistance, and share their real-life experiences as middle and high school teachers.

Top Accreditation: This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

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Degree Benefits

Program degree courses in K-12 arts education will give you mastery of the latest teaching practices and theories while building your expertise in visual arts.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.
  • Master classroom technology for teaching art and how to connect to STEM.
  • Take studio art courses.
  • Deepen your knowledge of art history.
  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.
  • Study art curriculum development techniques and how to use the Standards Aligned System (SAS).
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Graduate Outcomes

As a secondary education program graduate you'll be eligible for Pennsylvania teaching certification and prepared to teach art at the elementary, middle or high school levels. You'll also thrive in graduate studies. Many program alumni return to Cal U for a master's degree in teaching or education. Our alumni hold rewarding teaching positions at dozens of schools, museums, art centers and art education organizations in Pennsylvania and across the country.



Secondary Education Bachelor's Degree Courses and Concentrations

Our rigorous art education courses will develop your artistic practice while equipping you with the latest theories and practices in art education. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ART 110  Drawing I 3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT Course 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Course (Health or Science) 3
Second Semester 15
ART 119  Design 2-D 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
English Course 3
Math Course 3
General Education Course 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ART 120  Design 3-D 3
ART 382  Ceramics Studio 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
SEC 210  Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Education in Secondary Education 3
Fourth Semester 15
ART 212  Art History 1
ART 383  Painting 3
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
ART 214  Art History 2 3
ART 385  Sculpture Studio 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
Sixth Semester 15
ART 243  Intro to Asian 3
ART 350  Printmaking: Relief  OR  ART 351 Printmaking: Intaglio 3
ART Elective 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
ART 376  Jewelry/Metals: Casting  OR  ART 377 Jewelry/Metals: Fabrication 3
ART Elective 3
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
ESP 413  Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Education 3
SEC 391  Teaching of Art 3
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460 Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461 Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 120

  • Biology Education 7-12 
  • Chemistry Education 7-12 
  • Communications Education 7-12 
  • Earth Science Education 7-12 
  • English Education 7-12 
  • Physics Education 7-12 
  • Mathematics Education 7-12
  • Social Studies Education 7-12
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Learn Proven Best Practices

All core secondary education faculty members have doctorate degrees and most have taught in public schools at the middle or high school level. You'll learn educational best practices from professors who have firsthand experience in their application.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Art in Teaching

This essential degree course is where it all comes together. Gain key insights into teaching a broad range of artistic techniques to students at the elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Take advantage of resume-boosting opportunities.  At Cal U, you'll work with a career services counselor who is dedicated to secondary education majors and will have access to many networking and professional development programs, including a seminar series, career development activities and the Student PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) Club.


Secondary Education Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Education Department Chair; University-Wide Curriculum Committee Chair; Associate Professor

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Michael Ulderich
Assistant Professor

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