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

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music is announces its 2015-2016 Music on the Hill concert season, featuring four performances on the Fairmont State campus and at First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts announces the cast of its second Youth Company production, “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” 

“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” will run Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Wallman Hall Theatre on the main campus.

Cast members for the show are as follows: Paige Krcek, Billy Tobin, Jocelyn Maxwell, Sophia Flower, Trenda Ridgeway, Jasper Brown, Rileigh Fortney, Sidney Apanowicz, Sara Campbell, Miranda Koch, Sydney King, Caroline Maxwell, Marianna Jones, Bella Smith, Franchesca Aloi. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on Sept. 16 the awarding of $763,044 in grant funds to support and build the arts in community and statewide programs across West Virginia.

Fairmont State University was awarded a $6,206 grant in support of bringing the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to the Fairmont campus for two performances. Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Robert Mild, Interim Dean of the School of Fine Arts, attended the event in Charleston to officially receive the grant award.

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