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Course Catalog


undergraduate art education students

The Art Education degree is a Professional Program, which requires that you meet a range of standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Art Education Department, and Kutztown University. Our programs are accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education).

Art Education Calendar

Meeting Applies to:  
Required Clearances Must be kept current starting with ARU110

A copy of your current clearances must be handed in the first day of class.

See Clearances section below for more information.

Early Field
1 Semester prior to enrollment
Pre-Registration Dates -
Tues., Feb 24 SH113 11:00 am
Thurs, Feb 26 SH113 5:00 pm
Clinical Experience 2 Semesters prior to enrollment
Pre-Registration Dates -
Tues., Feb 17 BK 235 11:00-12:00
Wed., Feb 18 BK 209 4:00-4:45
Thurs., Feb 19 BK 240 11:00-12:00

Downloads and Important Links

PDF Downloads KU and Beyond Links
Taskstream Instructions
Office of Field Experiences and Outreach
Application - Candidacy KU-COE KU-ST List Serve Instructions
Application - Portfolio - Art Ed Clearance Requirements
Application – Portfolio – Fine Arts FBI Federal Criminal History - Fingerprinting
Checksheet - Art Education
Effective Fall 2011
Criminal History Online application
Checksheet - Art Education Effective Fall 2013 PA Child Abuse History Clearance
Checksheet - Dual with Crafts
Effective Fall 2012
PAPA Success Center
Checksheet-Dual with Fine Arts Effective Fall 2013 National Art Education Association
Stage Requirements National Art Education Assoc KU Student Chapter
Disposition Document Academic Standards for Arts and Humanities
Individualized Instruction Form Pennsylvania Department of Education
Independent Study Form Study Abroad
Internship/Field Experience Form
Info Sheet - faculty Office Info.
Info Sheet - Art Ed List Serve  
Info Sheet - PAPA/PRAXIS  


CLEARANCES: The Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (ACT 34), Federal Criminal History Record (Fingerprinting, ACT 114) and Child Abuse History Check (ACT 151) are prerequisites for ARU 110, ARU 210, ARU 310, ARU 301, and ARU 390/391.

Your ACT 34, ACT 114 and ACT 151 applications should list you as the receiver of the original form and a COPY of your ACT 34, ACT 114 and ACT 151 should be given to the Art Education and Crafts faculty member teaching the course on the first day of your class. You MUST print your receipt and request the paper copy of the Federal Criminal History Record when you register, this is the copy you will need to give to your professor. This is the only opportunity you will have to obtain a paper copy, the office may NOT print a copy for you.

TASKSTREAM: You will be required to maintain an electronic portfolio. This can be obtained through the TaskStream website. Students should purchase a six year subscription to the service to carry then into your application for professional positions.

PAPA/PRAXIS TESTS: You will be required to take the PAPA and PRAXIS II tests during your time at Kutztown. The first set of tests are the PAPA tests (Reading, Writing, Mathematics) these should be taken at the completion of your 2nd semester or after having completed your second math requirement. The PRAXIS II tests (Art Content and Fundamental Subjects) should be taken at the end of the semester that you have taken ARU 310: Teaching Visual Culture: High School Settings. The PAPA test can be taken on campus to register and view hours go to Sign-up information for the PRAXIS II tests is available through the PRAXIS website.

1ST YEAR STUDENTS: You will be placed into the appropriate courses for the first semester (see Check Sheet Art Ed ). These will include 2D Design, Drawing I, Math 103, English Composition, and Art History I. You will meet with your advisor to discuss your 2nd semester courses.

TRANSFER STUDENTS: You should meet with the Department Chair to review the courses that have transferred into Kutztown and to sign-up for our first semester’s courses. For subsequent semesters you will be assigned an advisor, who you will meet with to discuss course the registration process (see Check Sheet Art Ed).

ADVISORS: You will be assigned an advisor when you enter into the program. Should a faculty member not be available for a semester, you will be assigned a temporary academic advisor.

CANDIDACY: All students need to apply for candidacy during the semester that you pass 48 credit semester hours. Application for candidacy takes place early in that semester, see calendar by completing a Candidacy Application Form. At the time of application you will have had to have passed all of the Candidacy Requirements listed on the Candidacy Application and noted on the Stage Requirement information sheet. You should have met these requirements in the semester prior to application. Students who do not meet these requirements will have the major status of PreCandidacy. You will not be Art Education majors. This designation will preclude you from taking the following courses: ARU 210, ARU 310; ARU 301; ARU 390; ARU 391; and all 200 Level and higher studio courses.

OBSERVATION HOURS: You will need to complete 30 observation hours for your program. These hours are built into the Art Education methods classes (ARU 110, 210, & 310). If you have a Professor in EDU 100 who requires observations for their class, inform them that you are an Art Education student.

METHODS CLASSES: There are three methods classes ARU 110, 210, and 310. These course must be taken in sequence. Students in these courses will complete readings from ART EDUCATION, the professional journal of the National Art Education Association (NAEA).

EARLY FIELD EXPERIENCE: In the Early Field class you will spend one day (Thursday) with a co-operating teacher and a class session on Tuesday (9-11). All students must sign up for Early Field in the semester prior to taking the class. It is important that you attend that meeting. Check List Serve and Calendar for dates and times. Students should register for their PRAXIS II exams during this class.

CLINICAL FIELD EXPERIENCE: All students must sign up for Clinical Field Experience two semesters prior to placement. Check List Serve and Calendar for dates and times. In this course you will be placed in two separate educational setting, where you will teach along side of a co-operative teacher. This is an intensive experience designed to replicate professional experiences.


Dual Major Option: Once accepted, student may choose to Dual Major in Crafts or Dual Major in Fine Arts, a program of study that normally takes 5 years and leads to both the B.S. in Art Education and a B.F.A. in Fine Arts or a B.F.A. in Crafts. Fine Arts and Crafts students may apply by submitting an Art Education Portfolio to the Art Education office. Art Education students may submit a Crafts Portfolio to the AE&C office or a Fine Arts Portfolio to the Fine Arts office. See Prospective Students for more information.


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