Art Education

Art Education Major

Students in the Mercyhurst University Art Education program explore contemporary issues, research, and practice in visual art and art education. There are three courses in the art education sequence; ART 240, ART 311, and Art 312 in which field observations and service learning are required. Students who graduate with a degree in art education will meet all of the requirements to apply for PA certification in art k-12. In addition to eligibility for k-12 teacher certification, graduates will be ready to practice art education in museum and community settings.

In addition to course requirements, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA; successfully complete Sophomore Review, and complete a visual thesis with exhibition in the senior art show. 

Degree Requirements – Art Education Major

ART 100 Drawing I (foundation year)

ART 125 2-D Design (foundation year)

ART 126 3-D Design (foundation year) 

ART 128 Basic Computer Design (foundation year)

ART 101 or 105 Painting I

ART 102 Ceramics

ART 104 or 106 Printmaking or Photography

ART 122 or 123 Art History 

ART 223 History of Modern Art

ART 240 Foundations of Art Education

ART 311 Art Education/Secondary

ART 312 Art Education/Elementary 

ART 335 Aesthetics & Criticism 

Upper Level Art Concentration

ART 410 Senior Art Thesis – Individualized Studio

ART 452 Senior Art Thesis Seminar

EDUC 210 Comparative Issues in Education

ESPE 101 Psychology of Diverse Learners

ESPE 201 Inclusive Practices  PREK-8(suggested) OR 202 Inclusive Practices  7-12

ESPE 301 Supporting Literacy (K-8 suggested)

WL 101 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

EDUC 474 Clinical I – (Secondary Education Field Experience in J-term)

EDUC 475 Capstone Clinical (K-12) Education (Student Teaching – 12 credits)

Core Curriculum Requirements

Students in the art education major must take specific courses in the core curriculum. See below for the specific courses that education majors are required to take.

AREA I. Required Freshmen Component

Integrative/Interdisciplinary Courses (3 credits)

Research & Writing (3 credits)

Literary Classics

AREA II.  Religious & Philosophical Inquiry

Religious Traditions (100-level RLST courses)


AREA III.  Language or Literature

WL 101 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

AREA IV.  Civic Responsibility & Historical Understanding

U.S. History or American Government

European or World History

AREA V.  Scientific, Quantitative & Critical Reasoning

Natural Science Course with lab

Mathematics Course (1 of 2)

AREA VI.  Arts Encounter

ART 122 or ART 123 Art History

AREA VII.  Analysis of Individuals & Society

ESPE 101 Psychology of Diverse Learners

Course Two

AREA VIII.  Global Awareness, Responsibilities, Religions, Cultures and Politics (Students must take at least two RLST courses not including category X courses – only one from Area II)

EDUC 210 Comparative Issues in Education

Religion Course (2 of 2)

AREA IX.  Core Choice from Categories II-VIII

Mathematics Course (2 of 2)

AREA X.  Mercyhurst Senior Capstone


Important notes:

1) Students graduating with the major are required to take at least half of their art courses at Mercyhurst University.

2) 121 credits are required to graduate.

3) Two J-terms are required.

4) All “Special Requirements” listed in the catalog must be met.

5) Students must meet the requirements for both art department and education department sophomore review.

6) Students may not enroll in any other courses but EDUC 475 the semester they student teach.



Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

MU Course Catalog