Students who enter the Art Education program at Fairmont State University will be have a number of exciting specialized classes in addition to their general studies requirements.

They will be exposed to courses in:

  • Art history
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Pottery
  • Electronic Art
  • Printmaking
  • Arts Education
  • Professional Education

The FSU Art Department’s faculty is an award winning group of artists, teachers, and scholars. 

They help students to improve their skills in all aspects of art making so that students as teachers can pass the skills on to others.

Students in Art Education classes have numerous opportunities to develop innovative lessons for youngsters and to incorporate them in actual hands-on field experiences through course work and Art Education Club activities.

The Art Education curriculum and experiences are designed to provide students with the highest level of professional education for the art teacher.

It allows students to grow in their abilities as creative artists and scholars of the arts, and to play a major role in the cultural life of a school, college, and community.

Art Department sponsored opportunities are available for Art Majors to travel to major art museums and galleries. Past Art Department trips have included:

  • Cleveland – Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art  
  • Pittsburgh – Carnegie Museum of Art, Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory
  • Washington, D.C.  – National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Corcoran Museum
  • Cincinnati – Cincinnati Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Center, Taft Museum
  • New York City – Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum

Career Opportunities

Every step of the way, you will find professors and peers who will help you to develop the confidence you want when you begin your career as an art teacher in public schools.  While many Art Education graduates make their impacts in classrooms, there are several types of careers to consider, including:

  • Public or Private school art teacher
  • Visual  Art instructor or  education coordinator in Community Arts programs
  • Museum Education
  • Advanced degree opportunities in Visual Arts and Education fields

Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education

  • Earn a minimum quality point average of 2.75 overall, 2.75 in each teaching specialization and 2.75 in all professional education classes.
  • Complete Early Field Experience COMMUNITY Early Field Experience PDS requirements.
  • Achieve acceptable scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CORE).
  • Complete EDUC 2200 (Introduction to Education) and EDUC 2201 (Instructional        Technology) with a grade of “C” or higher. 
  • Complete the Teacher Education Application form in Taskstream.
  • Be approved by the Teacher Education Selection Committee.


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Contact Info

Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune
Assistant Professor of Art Education
Wallman Hall 414
Phone: 304.367.4756

FSUNow Stories

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fairmont State University’s Department of Art attended the West Virginia Art Education Association conference in Morgantown in October. Faculty members Jeff Greenham and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune staffed a mobile vendor cart and student Ty Collins presented a painting session. Yerdon LeJeune presented shaped canvas and silk screen printing sessions. At the awards dinner, Kylie Ford won the WVAEA Student Achievement in Art Education Award and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune won the WVAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students from Fairmont State University’s “The Art of Storytelling” course have the opportunity to present storytelling programming for the community.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary “Miss Representation” addresses how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

A local screening of “Miss Representation” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the Fairmont State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public. After the screening will be a faculty panel discussion led by Dr. Francene Kirk, Abelina Suarez Professor of Communication and Theatre.

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