Art Education K-12


Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
School of Arts and Humanities


Sarah Gorham, Arts Program

Lane W. Clarke, Education Department


Arts programs are staffed by a community of professional artists with national reputations. The mission of the faculty is to nurture and encourage students' individual growth, development, and expression while preparing them to pursue a professional career. After a firm grounding in the foundations, students are mentored in the development of an original body of work in their preferred medium.

Major Description

The Arts programs, in collaboration with the Department of Education, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education. Staffed by professional scholars and artists with national reputations, students learn the theory and practice of education as well as effective educational strategies that prepare them as elementary and secondary teachers. Through in-depth study in the studio, culminating in an exhibition of their personal work developed in the Studio Concentration Seminar students will gain a strong understanding of the artistic process and their own expressive capabilities. Students will leave the program as skilled and confident advocates for the arts with Maine state teaching certification (levels K-12) in the visual arts.

Curricular Requirements

CAS Core Requirements Credits
Total 42–26
Required Art Courses Credits
ART 104 – Painting I Credits included in Core Requirements
ART 110 – Ceramics I 3
ART 113 – Three Dimensional Fundamentals 3
ART 114 – Printmaking 3
ART 118 – Drawing & Design Fundamentals 3
ART 200 – Advanced Drawing 3
ART 395 – Studio Concentration Seminar 3
ARH 210 – Art History Survey I 3
ARH 211 – Art History Survey II 3
ARH 260 – Renaissance & Baroque Art or ARH 270 – Art in the Modern World 3
One (1) Elective Course from List A 3
One (1) Elective Course from List B 3
Total 33
Required Education Courses Credits
EDU 105 – Exploring Teaching Credits included in Core Requirements
EDU 110 – Supporting 21st Century Learning/Tech 3
EDU 202 – Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment 3
EDU 382 – Reading/Lang/Child Lit: Adolescents 3
EDU 385 – Diversity Issues in Schools 3
EDU 441 – Methods in Art Education 3
EDU 484 – K-12 Internship (Art) 12
EDU 488 – Secondary or Art Ed Practicum 3
SPE 220 – Exceptionality in the Class 3
SPE 405 – Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making 3
Total 36
Open elective courses (needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Elective Course Options

List A Elective Course Options Credits
ART 101 – Watercolor 3
ART 102 – Photography 3
ART 106 – Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART 108 – Boatbuilding 3
ART 109 – T-Shirt Design 3
ART 111 – Scientific Illustration 3
ART 124 – The Painted Book 3
ART 199 – Topics in Art 3
LIL 120 – Introductory Arts & Humanities Seminar 3
List B Elective Course Options Credits
ART 206 – Expressions in Clay 3
ART 207 – Landscape Painting 3
ART 214 – Color Digital Photography 3
ART 230 – Graphic Design 3
ART 234 – Digital Animation 3
ART 299 – Advanced Topics in Art 3
PSY 430 – Intro to Art Therapy 3
WRT 211 – Creative Writing: Poetry 3
WRT 212 – Creative Writing: Short Fiction 3
WRT 304 – Read & Write in Digital Environments 3
WRT 317 – Proposal and Grant Writing 3

Field Experience

The faculty in the Department of Education is committed to ongoing and frequent observation and involvement in schools. The teacher education programs at UNE have a specific competency-based focus to meet the Maine standards for teacher certification. All students engaged in teacher preparation will spend time in a field setting in each of the semesters for which they are registered for professional education courses. Involvement in the schools will be connected to specific, course-related tasks (e.g., observation, teaching lessons, conducting experiments, administering assessments, etc.). Transportation to and from schools is the responsibility of the student.


Without specific permission from the Education Department Chair, courses may not be taken during the internship semester, so all required coursework must be completed the semester prior to the internship. Admission to the internship is not guaranteed (see section on “Admission requirements and successful progression in the program”). In addition, the student should have:

  • Sufficient knowledge regarding the components of effective instruction.
  • Sufficient knowledge of appropriate grade-level content and teaching methods.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the developmental needs of students.
  • Sufficient knowledge of how to establish and maintain effective cooperative relationships with school personnel, students, and parents.
  • Understanding of and empathy for working with students.
  • No serious reservations identified on the Student Assessment of Professional Attributes (SAPA) instrument.

The selection of individual internship sites will be made by the Certification and Placement Officer. Geographical location relative to UNE is a consideration. UNE has a collaborative relationship with many districts and selects both schools and teachers based on their interest in and ability to assist interns in demonstrating mastery of the Maine Common Core Teaching Standards. Placement in an internship is not guaranteed. The Department of Education, through its Certification and Placement Officer, will make a good faith effort to negotiate an appropriate placement. Schools have the right to refuse placement requests. The 15-week student teaching experience must be done in a local Maine Public School that is in an established internship protocol with the University of New England.

Professional Educator Review Board

All students enrolled in the internship must demonstrate their teaching competence with respect to Maine Common Core Teaching Standards before the Professional Educator Review Board (PERB). The Board is comprised of professional educators from area schools as well as UNE faculty. Students are required to develop a presentation reflecting their proficiency in meeting these state standards and present and defend the presentation in front of the Board. Passing PERB is a requirement for completion of the certification program and subsequently being recommended to the Maine State Department of Education for teacher licensure.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of their bachelor's degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the Maine Common Core Teaching Standards
  • Demonstrate professionalism through accountability and engagement
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral formats
  • Demonstrate appropriate dispositions as defined by professional expectations

Transfer Credit

Courses completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program. Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the required courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents. Otherwise, they may transfer as general electives.

All courses completed must be no older than five years.

Other restrictions apply. See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.


See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog. 

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2023–2024 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of publication April 28, 2023.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.