Overview

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.

 

Model Schedule(s): 

Contact Info

Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune
Assistant Professor of Art Education
Wallman Hall 414
Phone: 304.367.4756
jyerdon@fairmontstate.edu

FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The final gallery exhibition of the 2014-2015 academic year at Fairmont State University will feature the work of Andrew Thorne.

Thorne’s solo exhibition, “Appalachia Inspired,” opens Friday, May 22, in the J.D. Brooks Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall. The exhibit will close Wednesday, June 10, with a reception at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219. 

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Monday, May 04, 2015

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and The FSU Academy for the Arts present “Big and Little Tales: An Evening of Story and Theatre,” featuring West Virginia storyteller Adam Booth followed by the FSU Youth Acting Company’s adaptions of Bil Lepp’s story, “The King of Little Things.” 

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Monday, May 04, 2015

About 400 students will participate in the 146th Commencement for Fairmont State University at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Feaster Center.

Fairmont State alumna Donna Hopkins will be the Commencement speaker. Bryan Foley of Pipestem will be the student speaker representing the Class of 2015.

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