K - 12 Art Education Certification

The Art Education program explores the methods and pedagogical competencies that are developed through a range of art and education experiences. Through a comprehensive approach, we nurture well- informed, pre-service art teachers who are reflective art practitioners and critical thinkers. The art education program prepares students for PA Department of Education certification.

In addition to course requirements, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA; successfully complete Sophomore Review, and complete a visual thesis in the form of an exhibition. Students seeking certification in Art Education are required to take at least half of their art courses at Mercyhurst College.

Required Courses:

  • Art 100 Drawing I (foundation year)
  • Art 125 2-D Design (foundation year)
  • Art 126 3-D 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 220 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Art 223 History of Modern Art
  • Art 311 Art Education/Secondary
  • Art 312 Art Education/Elementary
  • Art 335 Aesthetics & Criticism
  • 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 OR Espe 202 Inclusive Practices 7-12
  • Espe 301 Supporting Literature
  • WL 101 Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • Educ 474 Internship in Secondary Education
  • Educ 475 Student Teaching
  • Hdfr 110 Human Growth & Development
  • 1 Upper Level Concentration



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