Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine and Performing Arts
Making art is messy, unpredictable, and divergent. Teaching art can empower students to embrace the messy, unpredictable, and divergent in life. The Bachelor of Art Education, Elementary (BAE, Elementary) major integrates art-making and art-looking to explore the powerful intersection of material and process exploration, visual and cultural literacy, and personal meaning-making in art. Art education theory comingles with practice as we teach and learn with one another, drawing on current, interrelated art education pedagogies so that each student develops their own, unique teaching philosophy in the process.
The BAE, Elementary major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional program in elementary education. See the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Multilingual Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Why Consider an Art-Elementary Major?
The BAE, Elementary major prepares students to teach art within a general elementary classroom (K-5). The program includes foundational studio art courses, art history survey courses, and two art education courses, including topics such as artistic development in childhood and adolescence, curriculum design and assessment, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in art education spaces, and art education advocacy, equipping majors with an array of artistic practices to integrate into their future classrooms.
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How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Most classes in the Studio area are restricted to majors only. To access classes in this area, an online application to the Department of Art and Art History is required at cfpa.wwu.edu/art/admissions. The application will include a portfolio of recent work and an unofficial transcript of any college-level courses already taken. Application Deadlines: Application deadlines are by midnight on October 15 and January 31.
A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the elementary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement.