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Visual and Communication Arts

Art Education Endorsement

Handmade paper by Barbara Fast
Professor of Art

Art majors interested in teaching art can choose to pursue a PreK-12 teaching endorsement. This endorsement allows you to become licensed to teach art in all grades. Art majors begin in-school practicum experiences during the fifth week of the first year on campus and continue practicum experiences systematically throughout their program until student teaching.

Art education majors meet with both an art advisor and an education advisor to plan courses each semester and ensure that all program requirements are being met. See the VACA course catalog for art curriculum details.

Below is information provided by the EMU education program.

All-Grade Education (Grades PreK-12)

Earning your PreK-12 education license to teach involves a double major in education and your content area: Health & Physical Education, Music Spanish, Theater Arts, or Visual Arts. A minor in TESL can also lead to a teaching license.

It also includes one semester of student teaching and many other practicum experiences in schools. And because EMU’s program is approved by NCATE, the national accrediting association, your teaching license for grades PreK-12 will be accepted in most of the U.S.

About Teacher Education at EMU

Highest Accreditation Standards in the Nation

Our teacher education program has carried the highest national accreditation standards in the nation for more than 40 years: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). EMU is one of only five private colleges in Virginia to be NCATE-accredited!

Here we prepare future teachers who teach boldly in a changing world through an ethic of care and critical reflection. For them, teaching is a calling, an act of service to the world.

Two key characteristics of our teacher education program are: sending future teachers into classrooms early, and reflective practice, which is woven into all education courses at EMU.

Teacher Graduate Success

Employers know EMU teacher education graduates come from a high-quality program. 93% of 2014-15 program graduates who sought teaching positions were employed to teach the following year and graduated with an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.55. 100% of program graduates pass the state licensure exams.

Professors attribute this success to the many various field experiences students have throughout the program; by the fifth week of classes, EMU teacher education students are in the field observing and putting their lessons into practice in classrooms.

Learn more about teacher education at EMU