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 PennWest California. 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. PennWest California students complete three fieldwork experiences in local schools prior to student teaching, spending time in different grade levels.
  • Founded as a teachers college, PennWest California 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  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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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 PennWest California 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
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I 
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 
Fine Arts
ART 119  Design 2D
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course with Lab
3 or 4
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society
General Education Options
  • PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology  OR  PSY 207  Developmental Psychology
  • MAT Course
  • U.S. or British Literature Course
Required Concentration Courses 39
SEC 210  Intro to Secondary Ed 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Instruction 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
SEC 391  Teaching of Art 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessment and Interventions 3
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching 12
Required Education Foundation Courses* 6
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Interventions 3
ESP 419  Evidence-Based Practices 3
Related Content Courses 36
ART 110  Drawing I 3
ART 120  Design 3D 3
ART 350 OR 351  Printmaking 3
ART 376 OR 377  Jewelry/Metals 3
ART 382  Ceramics 3
ART 383  Painting 3
ART 385  Sculpture 3
ART 212  Art History I 3
ART 214  Art History II 3
ART 243  Intro to Asian Art 3
ART 410  Teaching Art K-8  OR  ART Elective 3
ART Elective 3
Total 121

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): SEC 461 Student Teaching
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): SEC 420 Assessment and Interventions AND SEC 460 Professional Practices
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Student Selected (science recommended)

* EDU 333, 310, 350; PSY 206; and ESP 210 fulfill general education requirements but are also considered "Required Education Foundation Courses."

Program Notes: This is a professional program. All courses listed as program requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Math and English courses must also be passed with a grade of C or higher. Many SEC courses are linked to include field experiences and must be taken together as co-requisites. LiveText software is a requirement of this program.

  • 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 PennWest California, 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.