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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art — Elementary, BAE

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Department of Art, College of Fine and Performing Arts

48 credits

Introduction/What is the Study of Art-Elementary?

The broad instructional concept is to integrate the components of art history, art criticism, and studio art courses, university courses, Gallery Exhibition Program and the permanent collection. The student learns to interpret, analyze and make intelligent judgments about art as well as learning the skills and concepts of the studio. A grasp of the dynamic nature of a culture and the continuing extension of its visual language is a fundamental objective.

This 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 Elementary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Why Consider an Art-Elementary Major? 

The B.A.Ed. in Art will prepare you to teach students at the elementary grade level. The program will introduce you to curricular design in the arts and the 4 components of Discipline Based Art Education which is an approach to the teaching of Art Education that encompasses criticism, history, aesthetics, and art studio.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Gaye Green
Fine Arts 116

Art Major Information
Fine Arts 116


Elementary Educational Professional
Program Information
Miller Hall 300

Teacher Education Admissions
Miller Hall 150

Elementary Education Professional Program Advisor and Program Manager
Ellen Kreider
Miller Hall 301D

 Sample Careers

Art Educator | Art Therapy 

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Most classes in the Studio areas are restricted to majors only. To access classes in these areas a formal application to the Department of Art is required. For students in art studio, or art education, application for the major is made with a portfolio of work. The portfolio will be reviewed by Department of Art faculty and evaluated on the basis of a demonstrated understanding of the elements of visual art, technical proficiency and originality. Application deadlines are October 15 and January 31. Portfolios must be received by the deadlines.

For application and information: http://www.wwu.edu/art.

Grade Requirements

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.

Additional Requirements

Elementary Education Professional Program Requirements (103-104 credits)

Department of Elementary Education, Woodring College of Education


Students seeking a bachelor’s degree with teacher certification and an endorsement in elementary education must complete the GURs, an approved academic major, and the professional education course work listed below.

Admission and Declaration Process

Admission Requirements 

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the elementary education professional program and in all courses required for the endorsement.

Departmental Honors

In addition to the general requirements for all honors students, an art major who wishes to graduate with honors must complete an honors senior project in art.

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