Buffalo State

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)


Art Education Department

Bachelor of Fine Arts (HEGIS 0831)

Upton Hall 315, (716) 878-4106
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The BFA in Art Education program prepares students for initial certification to teach visual arts to pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (PK-12) in New York State schools. The program develops art education professionals who:

  • understand contemporary art and culture and are committed to teaching students in meaningful and critical ways.
  • consider teaching to be a dynamic and continuing process utilizing current media technology.
  • are sensitive to issues of diversity, capable of adapting their teaching strategies to meet individual needs.
  • are active in the professional, cultural, and art communities.
  • have a depth of experience in at least one art making medium, with a solid breadth in several.

Requirements of Major:

  • For students to enroll and remain in the art education program, they must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • A portfolio review is required for admission to upper level courses of the program.
  • Students complete a total of 12 studio electives beyond the studio foundations courses, including a concentration in at least one studio area. This requires careful advisement to complete courses in a timely manner.
  • Students are expected to assume the costs of materials they use in art education courses, and there may be an additional instructional charge for materials used in classes.
  • Students are expected to work a minimum of two additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class.
  • Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements established by the New York State Education Department, Teacher Certification Division, including the NYS Teacher Certification Examinations and mandated seminars.
  • Studio (FAR and DES) Electives Selected by Advisement 12 courses
  • 100 hours of observation with a certified teacher, as required by New York State, are built into required courses.
  • Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

Student Teaching: 

  • Eligibility for student teaching is determined by the Art Education Department.
  • Placement is arranged by the art education coordinator of student teaching.
  • Student teaching experiences are provided in cooperating elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Transportation to/from the student teaching assignment is the student’s responsibility.
  • Students enrolled in the student teaching semester devote full time to their practicum assignment.
  • Prior written approval must be obtained from the chair of the Art Education Department for a student to enroll for any other coursework during a student teaching assignment except for AED400: Student Teaching Seminar.
  • All students anticipating a student teaching assignment must show proof of having a test for tuberculosis within three months of the assignment.

Transfer Students: 

  • Students transferring to the art education major as juniors should follow the SUNY Fine Arts transfer path.
  • Those who wish to complete their programs in a timely manner should plan their schedules of coursework in art education with great care, and with an academic adviser.
  • Art teacher certification is a function of the Office of Teaching Initiatives, NYS Education Department, Albany- www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ For information, contact the Buffalo State Teacher Certification Office- http://teachercertification.buffalostate.edu
  • Post-baccalaureate (Certification-Only) Program (see below): 

    This program is for students who have already earned a B.S./B.A./B.F.A. degree in a studio area and are interested in earning art teacher initial certification.

Intellectual Foundations Requirements

33-39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Art Education

36 cr

A. Required Courses (24 cr)

AED 200

Fundamentals of Art Inquiry

AED 300

Foundations in Art Education

AED 301

Theoretical Constructs in Art Education

AED 302

Functions and Practice in Art Education

AED 315

Arts in Living

AED 398

Art, Society, and New Media Technologies for Art Educators

AED 400

Student Teaching Seminar

ATS 325

Art for Children with Special Learning Needs

B. Required Field Experience (12 cr)

AED 303

Elementary Student Teaching in Art

AED 304

Secondary Student Teaching in Art

Total Required Credit Hours in Fine Arts and Design

57 cr

A. Required Fine Art Courses (15 cr)

FAR 101

Drawing I

FAR 102

Drawing II

FAR 104

Themes and Issues in Contemporary Art

FAR 250

Art History I

FAR 251

Art History II

B. Required Design Courses (6 cr)

DES 101

Introduction to Design 2D

DES 103

Introduction to Design 3D

C. Studio (FAR and DES) Electives Selected By Advisement

36 cr

All College Electives

0 cr

Total Required Credit Hours

126 cr

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Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies