Bachelor of Arts in Education in
Visual Arts/K-12

About

Pursuing art as a major gives you the chance to develop the highest levels of artistic performance, pursue a professional education, and build a cultural understanding and aesthetic appreciation of visual art.

In addition to studying art and choosing a studio discipline in either Digital Art/Photography, Painting/Drawing/Printmaking, or Ceramics/Sculpture, you’ll complete the required Education Core courses, which leads to certification to teach K-12 art in the State of Washington.

For any advising needs contact:

Shelly Shaffer, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Programs
School of Education
sshaffer1@ewu.edu

Jenny Hyde
Program Director
Art Program
jhyde@ewu.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Visual Arts K–12 Major, Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE)

This major satisfies the endorsement for preschool to grade 12.

Students who successfully complete the coursework and other requirements for this BAE degree will be eligible for Washington state teacher certification and are eligible to be employed in the public school system as an art teacher.  Teaching art is a highly rewarding career choice with a variety of employment possibilities - not only are art teachers needed in public schools - but they are also employed in museums, community centers, and/or in corporate training venues, etc. Of note, Eastern Washington University’s outstanding art education program strives to produce effective teachers who are working artists. 

All BAE/Art Education students will work closely with BOTH an Art Department advisor and Education Department advisor.  

Note: the requirements for students who signed their major in an earlier catalog year should refer to the Catalog Archives for the appropriate catalog year. Courses no longer offered by EWU can be replaced with equivalent courses if authorized by an ART advisor.

Note: The Art Department recommends all art majors and minors begin their studies with Foundation Requirements courses. Prerequisites may be required for course entry.

Art Education students must complete the required Education Core courses plus the following courses.

Foundation Requirements
ART 201STUDIO I: IMAGE AND TECHNOLOGY5
ART 202STUDIO II: TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS5
ART 213THE VISUAL ART EXPERIENCE5
Core Requirements
ART 225CERAMICS I5
ART 300DRAWING5
ART 303DIGITAL ART5
or ART 305 PHOTOGRAPHY: DIGITAL PRACTICES
ART 355PAINTING5
or ART 356 WATERCOLOR
ART 391FOUNDATIONS OF ART EDUCATION (Note: offered once a year.)5
ARTH 300ART ACROSS TIME: PREHISTORY TO 17TH CENTURY5
ARTH 302ART ACROSS TIME: 18TH CENTURY TO CONTEMPORARY5
Art History or Art Studio Elective–choose one from the following 300–level or above5
Experimental Courses ART 396 and ART 496 may be included and repeated for credit
ILLUSTRATION
DIGITAL ART
PHOTOGRAPHY: DIGITAL PRACTICES
CERAMICS II
PAINTING
WATERCOLOR
PRINTMAKING
DRAWING II (may be repeated up to three times)
LIFE DRAWING (may be repeated up to three times)
DIGITAL ART II
PHOTOGRAPHY: ADVANCED PRACTICE (may be repeated up to three times)
BODY AND TIME
ADVANCED ILLUSTRATION (may be repeated up to three times)
CERAMICS III (may be repeated up to three times)
PAINTING II (may be repeated up to three times)
WATERCOLOR (may be repeated up to three times)
PRINTMAKING II (may be repeated up to three times)
SCULPTURE (may be repeated up to three times)
THE BODY IN ART
HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
WORLD ART
NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN ART
TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
WRITING ABOUT ART
Senior Capstone
ART 490SENIOR CAPSTONE5
Total Credits60

Catalog Listing

General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance Exams 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


General Education Requirements (GER)

  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
Foreign Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.

Degree Works calculates based on these two catalog years.

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students Who Earn A Bachelor Of Art Education (BAE) In Art Education (Secondary Focus) At EWU Should Be Able To:

  • demonstrate technical skill in a variety of studio art materials, PLO-4;
  • identify works of art within historical contexts, PLO-3;
  • produce a professional quality digital portfolio for art education professionals, PLO-1;
  • use appropriate terminology to evaluate works of art, PLO 2;