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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education focuses on developing advanced studio skills, art history content, technology applications, preparation in liberal studies, and art pedagogy. Upon successful completion of the art education program, students are recommended for “A” teacher licensure. The program prepares undergraduates to become competent, dedicated, and effective art educators at the elementary (K-5), middle school (6-8), and secondary (9-12) levels. Students entering UNCG who wish to pursue a BFA in Art Education must submit to a portfolio review and successfully complete the Foundations Program.

The Art Education program’s goal is to contribute to preparing K-12 art teachers for the future, fully aware of the needs of a global and diverse society, highly knowledgeable in their field, committed to diversity and multiculturalism, open to new ideas, and adaptable to change. Upon completion of the program, students will have developed advanced art studio skills, content knowledge of art history, education, art education theory and pedagogy from historical and contemporary perspectives, technology skills, and have had quality preparation in general education. In addition, the program aims to help develop in students and children appropriate dispositions to include respect and acceptance of diversity in a creative, productive, and peaceful society.

The Art Education program adheres to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, the SBE GOALS/21st Century Standards for children, the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS-T) and Performance Indicators for Teachers, the National Visual Art Standards, and the new North Carolina Standard Course of Study for the Visual Arts.

The Art Education concentration focuses on developing advanced studio skills, art history content, technology applications, preparation in liberal studies, and art pedagogy. Students enrolled in the Art Education program take courses in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education, as well as courses in the School of Education. During the first two years, students concentrate on liberal education, art history, and studio requirements. The junior and senior years are spent meeting Art Education and Teacher Education requirements. Students observe teachers in the public schools during practicum courses in the junior year and student teach the last semester of their senior year.

Through this course of study, students are well prepared to become art teachers in the public schools. Upon the completion of all requirements for graduation and licensure, students are recommended for NC State “A” Licensure to teach. Students who already earned an undergraduate degree can enroll in the “A” Licensure program through the Teachers Academy.

Art Education Faculty

Eun Hee Lim

Eun Hee Lim

Sunny Spillane

Sunny Spillane

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The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Art Education program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at with any questions regarding this data.