Be prepared to teach art in a 21st-century classroom.
At Southwest Baptist University, art education majors are
prepared with the foundations of teaching students through classroom
instruction, technology integration and multiple classroom field
The department equips students with conceptual,
technical, and aesthetic skills to succeed in either a career or higher
The SBU Advantage
- Our caring, close-knit
supportive learning environment provides plenty of interaction, both in and
out of the classroom.
- Faculty are certified teachers experienced in the
- Classroom field experiences begin during the sophomore year.
- Our faculty’s commitment to networking will help you with job placement.
- A large percentage of our recent graduating classes of teachers are
already using their degree professionally. Many others have chosen to attend
- Art students participate in the Annual Art Exhibit
that displays outstanding works to the community.
Our education classrooms are equipped with the same technology that is
utilized in many public school classrooms, and our faculty utilize hands-on
teaching methods and projects to teach our future teachers.
Students must complete 46 hours of Art Core Courses in
addition to the 52 hours of general education and graduation requirements.
Education coursework begins during the sophomore year with classes such as
Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, and Technology for
Educators, in addition to the first field experience in an area secondary
classroom. Junior year education curriculum includes Principles and Methods
of Secondary Education, Teaching Reading in the Content Area, and Behavior
and Classroom Management, along with another field experience. Senior-level
classes focus on preparing the student for the full semester student
Clubs and Organizations
SBU has a chapter of
Student Missouri State Teachers Association, the pre-professional
organization for education majors on Missouri college and university
campuses that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth
and development of leadership skills.
scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding ability in
art. They are available to current SBU art majors, high school seniors
and transfer students who are declaring art as their major.
private scholarships are available for art majors, The Dunnegan Scholarship
and the Earl & Gloria Shell and Sharon Shell Garrison Scholarship.
All art scholarships
require a portfolio review. A portfolio should consist of no less than 10 to
15 examples of quality work, with 5 to 10 examples being in one area of
emphasis (drawing, painting, etc.), and no more than 20 works. Digital
portfolios on a CD or DVD are preferred, but portfolios containing original
pieces of art are also accepted. Any actual
original work that is not “fixed” should have a cover sheet to protect it from being smudged.
A portfolio containing traditional photographs of works is also
Scholarships will be awarded upon faculty review.
experiences begin during a student’s sophomore year and continue throughout
the program, culminating with a full semester student teaching experience
during the senior year. Field experiences provide students with a variety of
experiences to help the student decide what is the best fit. During the
student teaching experience, the student will work directly with a
cooperating teacher at the school, as well as an SBU faculty member who will
supervise the student’s experience.
Career and Graduate Opportunities
SBU Art Education graduates are eligible for initial teaching certification
for K-12 in the state of Missouri.
Students who want to pursue a
graduate-level degree in education can return to SBU, which offers a variety
of options for master’s and specialist’s degrees, as well as a doctoral
degree in education.
- As part of a Christian
university, we integrate the Christian faith into classroom instruction
within the Department of Education. Scriptural truths are brought into the
classroom for supporting educational truth and theoretical truth.
- Area school district leaders seek out SBU graduates because they are
well-prepared to teach in the classroom and be servant leaders in the
- The SBU Education Department offers 26
certifications in a wide range of programs.
- ART 1103 Design
- An introduction to basic two-dimensional visual design through
the use of traditional materials and tools to investigate line,
shape, value, texture and color with an emphasis on spatial
- ART 1203 Drawing I
- An introduction to traditional drawing through an understanding
of basic principles of composition, proportion and perspective.
Emphasis on representational drawing, drawing methods and drawing
tools and materials.
- ART 2003 Photography I
- An introduction to the use of camera technique and photograph
processing. Emphasis on creative photographic composition, editing,
critique and presentation of printed work.
- ART 2013 Ceramics I
- An introduction to basic clay production techniques including
hand-building, wheel-throwing and basic glazing applications.
- ART 2023 Scultpure I
- An introduction to basic three-dimensional design, principles,
concepts and production techniques.
- ART 2033 Painting I
- An introduction to basic water-based painting on canvas with an
emphasis on representational, painterly composition.
- ART 2203 Drawing II
- An intermediate drawing course through creative use of, and
experimentation with, a variety of drawing media.
- ART 2703 Introduction to Graphic Design
- Introduction-level course to be concerned primarily with basic
issues and topics in graphic design. The course will introduce
vector-based, paint-based, and layout-capable software applications
through studio lecture, in-class exercises, and a variety of project
- ART 2803 Art History I
- Illustrated study of architecture, painting, sculpture and
applied arts from prehistoric times to the Italian Renaissance.
- ART 2813 Art History II
- Illustrated study of architecture, painting, sculpture and
applied arts from 14th through 20th century.
- ART 3033 Painting II
- An intermediate exploration of painting with an emphasis on
creative approaches to imagery, content and technique.
- ART 3103 Printmaking
- A course concerned primarily with commercial printing and/or
traditional printmaking issues and topics.
- ART 3813 Fibers
- An introduction to the knowledge of various fibers and their
- ART 4001 Senior Seminar
- This course is designed to facilitate preparation and
presentation of the Senior Show. It should be taken in the last
semester of coursework for both General Art and Commercial Art
majors. Art Education majors cannot take this course the semester of
student teaching; generally, it should be taken the semester before
student teaching. A portion of this class will also be used to
facilitate student preparation and departmental assessment of the
Senior Portfolio Review prior to the Senior Show or Exit Exhibition.
6 hours of ART electives.
Professional Education Courses
- EDU 2113 Educational Psychology
- Study of social and behavioral theory, including the nature of
educational psychology, measurement, personality, the classroom as a
social system, learning, and instruction.
- EDU 2141 Field Experience Level 1
- Forty-five clock hours of supervised practical experience in the
classroom at the secondary level.
- EDU 2313 Foundations of Education
- The course presents major issues of schooling and education
basic to professional preparation. Areas included are philosophy,
history of American education, administration, governance, finance,
legal aspects, social issues, use of technology in instruction, and
current topics in the field.
- EDU 2823 Technology for Educators
- Develops teachers who are able to apply technology skills and
strategies in a variety of personal and professional functions
including the development of an electronic portfolio, to effectively
use media to maximize student learning, and to use a wide variety of
media and technological systems in teaching and evaluation of
student learning. Because the student teaching portfolio is
developed in this class, this course is designed for elementary
education majors in their sophomore year and for middle and
secondary teacher candidates during their junior or senior years
before student teaching.
- EDU 3333 Principles and Methods of Secondary Instruction
- This course will emphasize examining and implementing teaching
methods, developing critical thinking skills, analyzing learner and
the learning process, refining communication skills, and
- EDU 3341 Field Experience Level 2
- Minimum of forty-five clock hours of supervised practical
experience in the classroom at the secondary school level.
- EDU 3613 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
- Designed to assist middle school/junior high and/or secondary
teachers in the use of functional reading strategies which enable
students to use reading as a tool to learn in various content areas.
- EDU 3833 Behavior and Classroom Management
- An examination of current and past principles of classroom
management will be examined in light of biblical, theoretical, and
philosophical assumptions concerning humankind. Modern theories of
discipline will be evaluated as to effectiveness and will be
contrasted with historical views of schooling and education. It is
intended that teacher candidates will be challenged to contemplate
methods of instructing and modeling behavior (proactively) instead
of simply responding (reactively) to inappropriate student actions.
Wisdom and virtue, the cornerstones of any education, will be
discussed as goals versus simply controlling and conforming
- EDU 4543 Methods of Teaching Art, K-12
- Understanding motivation, materials and techniques in school art
- EDU 4691 Student Teaching Seminar
- This course is designed as a seminar/discussion section to
accompany the student teaching clinical experiences. Students will
refine their skills as reflective practitioners through a variety of
experiences that focus on contemporary problems and issues in the
field of education.
- EDU 4832 Assessment and Evaluation of Learners
- Study of the principles of assessment from organizing the
classroom as a social setting, to planning and conducting
instruction based on sound objectives, to the formal assessment of
student learning, to grading students and finally to interpreting
standardized tests and statewide assessments.
- EDU 4842 Teaching Diverse Learners
- Mentally, emotionally and physically exception children are
studied. Diagnosis and methods of teaching gifted, mentally
retarded, visual and sound-impaired, learning disabled and
physically handicapped children and children with communication and
behavior problems are included.
- EDU 4949 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
- Observation, participation and directed teaching in public
- PSY 4033 Adolescent Development
- A study of the development process of the adolescent, beginning
at puberty and continuing through late adolescence.
- PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development
- A "Life-Span" study of human growth and developmental processes
including physiological, psychological and sociological influences