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General Art Major at Southwest Baptist University

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 experiences.

The department equips students with conceptual, technical, and aesthetic skills to succeed in either a career or higher education.

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.
  • 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 graduate school.
  • Art students participate in the Annual Art Exhibit that displays outstanding works to the community.

Engaged Learning

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.

Course Information

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 teaching experience.

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.


  • Performance 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.
  • Two 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 acceptable.

    Scholarships will be awarded upon faculty review.


Internship Opportunities

Classroom field 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.

Special Features

  • 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 academic community.
  • The SBU Education Department offers 26 certifications in a wide range of programs.

Degree Requirements

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 relationships.
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 assignments.
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 use.
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 constructing curriculum.
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 behavior.
EDU 4543 Methods of Teaching Art, K-12
Understanding motivation, materials and techniques in school art programs.
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 schools.
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 and effects.