The Art Education Program at Kean University offers a distinctive, intensive and intellectually challenging experience leading to k-12 Art Teacher Certification in New Jersey. A strong studio preparation is augmented by an academic study of the psycho-intellectual origins of artistic expression as they unfold within the growing individual. The program is reading and writing intensive and seeks serious, academically strong students who demonstrate the capacity to translate conceptual thinking into an informed, vivified, and highly structured pedagogical practice. The department also offers post-baccalaureate and M.A Programs in art education with teacher certification. Interested students should obtain a program guide sheet from the Fine Arts Department as soon as possible.
Admission to the Art Education Program is competitive. Interested students are strongly advised to schedule an appointment with the Program Coordinator to apply for provisional admission as early as possible in freshman year. High school seniors are encouraged to arrange a preliminary interview prior to entering Kean University. Studio courses in Drawing I and II, Color Theory, and 2-D Design should be taken alongside General Education requirements in freshmen year to properly develop the basic skills needed for eventual fieldwork. Program application/interview requirements are as follows: A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above is preferred (minimum of 2.75 may be considered), proficiency in academic writing, a developing studio portfolio, and evidence of dialogic/communication skills. Entering undergraduate students must also obtain passing scores on Praxis I, to be taken during (or soon after) freshman year.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Joseph Amorino
VE 430, 908.737.4403
Kenji Hasegawa (B.A. Art Education Major)
"The art education program has been one of the most challenging, engaging, and fulfilling experiences I have ever had. I feel I have undergone great change from the time I first entered the program. I see it in myself and in my peers. I feel we are an entirely different breed of art educator, ready to go out into the field and really succeed."