Are you committed to the empowerment of children to develop their full potential? Do you believe that inspiration and education informs a robust democratic society?

You can become a professional educator, academically and technologically proficient in the science of art education. You will be knowledgeable, skilled and reflective in your practice and committed to the empowerment of students so as to develop their full potential. Build your own portfolio as a studio artist while learning cutting-edge educational methods.

Test your moxie under the supervision of your professors through the After School Arts program, which gives you hands-on authentic art education experience with elementary, middle school, and special-needs children. Prepare yourself under the direction of seasoned veteran teachers through multiple preprofessional experiences. Graduate with the skills you need to change the world, one young artist at a time.

Candidates in art education should be passionate about art, teaching, and children. Students should work to produce their own art, while continuing their personal study of art and the developmental theories of child art.

ECU Advantage

Our faculty go the extra mile to prepare you for a career in art education. ECU's long traditions of excellence in art programs will equip you with the background, experience, and confidence to share your knowledge with others while you further explore your own relationship with art.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Cynthia Bickley-Green (Jenkins Fine Arts Center; 252-328-1293; bickleygreenc@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement is 132 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • PHIL 2271 - Introduction to Philosophy of Art
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  • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology * or
  • SOCI 1010 - Race, Gender, Class *
  • Note:

    * A grade of C (2.0) or higher must be earned in this course.

    2. Common core - 63 s.h.

    (Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in common core courses.)

    • ART 1005 - Design I
    • ART 1015 - Design II
    • ART 1020 - Drawing
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    • ART 1025 - Digital Design or
    • ART 1030 - Figure Drawing
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    • ART 2560 - Painting Survey: Materials and Methods
    • ARTH 1905 - The Dimensions of Art *
    • ARTH 1906 - Art History Survey
    • ARTH 1907 - Art History Survey
    • Choose 18 s.h. studios in one area (not including the survey)
    • Choose a 3 s.h. art history (ARTH) elective
    • Choose 9 s.h. art (ART) electives
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      * A grade of C (2.0) or higher must be earned in this course.

        Choose 9 s.h. from:
        • ART 2010 - Printmaking Survey
        • ART 2070 - Animation/Interactive Design Survey
        • ART 2105 - Ceramics Survey
        • ART 2200 - Graphic Design Survey
        • ART 2205 - Digital Video Production Survey
        • ART 2220 - Photography Survey
        • ART 2230 - Illustration Survey
        • ART 2300 - Metal Design Survey
        • ART 2303 - Textile Design Survey
        • ART 2304 - Wood Design Survey
        • ART 2705 - Sculpture Survey
      3. Professional core courses - 29 s.h.

      (Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in professional core courses.)

      • ART 2123 - Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher
      • ART 2870 - Computers in Art Education
      • ART 3851 - Art in the Elementary School
      • ART 3860 - Classroom Participation in Art
      • ART 4323 - Art in the Secondary School
      • ART 4325 - Internship Seminar: Issues in Art Education
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      • ART 4850 - Art Internship in Elementary Education and
      • ART 4871 - Art Internship in Secondary Education
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      • ART 4851 - Art Internship in Elementary Education and
      • ART 4870 - Art Internship in Secondary Education
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      • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education

      • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment or
      • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology

      • READ 3990 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School
      • SPED 4010 - Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
      4. Acceptance into a concentration is by portfolio review.

      Portfolio review is required for acceptance into a concentration. Entrance is competitive and space may be limited. Students not accepted into their preferred program or area of concentration should be prepared to seek alternative areas of concentration. Students should speak with faculty in their desired concentration to receive detailed instructions regarding the portfolio review process and requirements.

      Before applying to a concentration, students will successfully complete the initial course(s) listed below:

            Animation/Interactive Design - ART 2070 and/or ART 2470 

      Ceramics - ART 2105 and ART 2115 

      Cinematic Arts and Media Production - ART 2205 and ART 2206 (with a minimum 2.6 GPA in both courses)

      Graphic Design - ART 2200 and ART 2210 (with a minimum 2.6 GPA in both courses)

      Illustration - ART 2230 (with a minimum 2.6 GPA in course and in any concentration courses taken)

      Metal Design - ART 2300 

      Painting - ART 2560 and ART 2561; or ART 3561 

      Photography - ART 2220 and ART 2225 (with a minimum 2.6 GPA in both courses)

      Printmaking - ART 2010, ART 2600, ART 2610, and ART 3600 

      Sculpture - ART 2705 

           Textile Design - ART 2303 

        5. Senior show requirement

        An approved senior show is a requirement for graduation.

          6. Computer literacy requirement

          Art education majors must demonstrate computer literacy before admittance to the upper division of teacher education. This requirement can be met by verification of competency by experience or by taking a computer course.

            7. Certification requirement

            Certification additionally requires demonstrated teaching competence and recommendations from the certifying institution.

              For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

              Careers With This Degree

              Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

              • Art Teacher Education
              • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
              • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
              • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
              • Art Teacher Education
              • Art Teacher Education

              Career Opportunities

              ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

              NC Tower

              This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

              • Self-employed;
              • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
              • Work outside of North Carolina.

              US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

              This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

              Degree-specific internships

              For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.