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Art + Design Education Courses

ARTE 200 - Studio Foundations for Art + Design Educators

Exploration of 2-D studio media appropriate for K-12 environment, studio pedagogy, and development of technical skills in the representation and interpretation of subjects. Portfolio preparation for art and design education pre-service teachers. Studio and lecture. (Credits: 3)
PRQ: ART 100 and ART 103 and successful completion of the Test for Academic Proficiency or equivalent.

ARTE 342 - Introduction to Art + Design Education: Content and Clinical Experience at the Elementary Level

Overview of the history of art education and its philosophical premises. Examination of policies and approaches to the teaching of art and design for young children. Study of developmental characteristics of the learner and strategies for differentiated learning. Introduction to practice in use of visual and textual instructional materials and construction of lesson plans based on content knowledge, studio pedagogy and student evidence. Directed observation and supervised participation with diverse populations in elementary-level school settings for a minimum of 25 hours of clinical experience. Discussion, lecture, and studio. (Credits: 4)
PRQ: Proof of freedom from tuberculosis, successful completion of the Illinois Test of of Academic Proficiency and the criminal background check required for licensure or a Composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 or a composite (mathematics and critical reading) SAT score of 1030; ART 100 and ART 101 and ART 102 and ART 103 and ARTH 291 and 292 and ARTE 200; and minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.

ARTE 343 - Digital Art Making and Teaching K-12

Specifically designed for pre-service art and design teachers to learn to make digital art for personal artistic development, to gain knowledge about teaching of digital art making, and management of digital technologies appropriate for K-12 settings. Emphasis on development of creativity, problem solving and technical knowledge. Students will collaboratively and critically interrogate digital images, digital art media, and digital visual culture environments as they simultaneously create them. (Credits: 3)
CRQ: ARTE 342.

ARTE 344 - Development of Resources and Methods in Art + Design Education: Content and Clinical Experience at the Middle Level

Experience with various art processes, tools, and media appropriate to differentiated learning at the middle level. Development and evaluation of educational resources and methods, including visual, oral, and written instructional materials and techniques. Study and practice of cultural responsiveness with diverse middle level populations. Development of and reflection on practice based on educational theory, content knowledge, and student evidence. Emphasis on lesson planning, teaching and professionalism. Directed observation and supervised participation with diverse populations in middle-level school settings for a minimum of 25 clock hours of clinical experience. Discussion, lecture, and studio. (Credits: 4)
PRQ: ARTE 342 and admission to educator licensure, or consent of school.

ARTE 345 - Art + Design Curriculum: Content and Clinical Experience at the High School Level

Proficiency in sequential curriculum writing for art and design at the high school level with regards to student cognitive processes and curriculum goals, including culturally responsive, interdisciplinary and technological content. Proficiency in curriculum and instruction based on educational theory, content knowledge, studio pedagogy, and student evidence to ensure ongoing growth and achievement. Emphasis on differentiated instructional and assessment methods; teacher collaboration, advocacy and leadership. Directed observation and supervised participation with diverse populations with emphasis on high school settings for a minimum of 25 clock hours of clinical experience. Discussion, lecture, and studio. (Credits: 4)
PRQ: ARTE 343, ARTE 344, ARTE 387, ARTE 463, ARTE 482, and admission to educator licensure, or consent of school.

ARTE 387 - Assessing Art and Design Learning, K-12

Techniques for assessing student art learning K-12. Assists prospective art teachers to construct appropriate formative and summative methods for the assessment of art learning based on individual and group visual and textual course work. Development of skills necessary for analysis of qualities found in traditional and electronic student art portfolios referenced against psychological and cultural based theories of artistic development. Analysis, development and use of qualitative and quantitative methods to monitor art and design learning and evaluate curriculum and instructional effectiveness. Strategies for data driven decision making based on reliable and valid judgments through rubric construction, visual benchmarking, and alternative moderation methods. Lecture, discussion and field experiences. (Credits: 3)
PRQ: ARTE 342.

ARTE 463 - Reading and Writing in Art + Design Education: Critical Approaches

Thematic, interdisciplinary, and culturally responsive approaches to the application of aesthetic, art historical, and critical theory and methods to instructional practice in elementary and secondary school and community settings. Emphasis on communication theory and the role of visual and textual language in teaching and learning. Development and use of multiple methods of communication and digital instructional resources to measure and improve student performance. Types of evidence of professional growth. Lecture, discussion, and field experiences. (Credits: 3)
PRQ: 6 semester hours in art history survey and ARTE 342 for art education majors, and admission to educator licensure, or consent of school.

ARTE 479 - Art for Special Needs Populations

Philosophies, instructional methods, practice and experiences with appropriate materials, resources and opportunities related to art education with regards to special needs education, gifted, and diverse identities in order to support individualized planning, co-planning and instruction. Emphasis on laws and learning related to gifted and special education populations, interventions, and reporting. Lecture, discussion, and field experiences. Limited to elementary, special, and art education majors and students with an interest in art therapy or consent of school. (Credits: 3)
PRQ: ARTE 342, or consent of school.

ARTE 482 - Clinical Experiences in Studio Pedagogy

Directed lesson planning for culturally responsive, differentiated instruction through supervised, collaborative teaching experiences for art education majors. Emphasis on co-planning, reflection, and the use of evidence-based instructional and assessment strategies for student achievement and interventions. Development of teacher leadership and family collaborations. Includes environment analysis for effective and healthy classroom management and instruction. Must include the Saturday children's art program, or summer high school art camp, or other directed, in-depth clinical experience for a minimum of 25 clock hours of clinical experience. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. (Credits: 3)
PRQ: ARTE 342 and admission to educator licensure, or consent of school. CRQ: ARTE 344.

ARTE 488A - Student Teaching in Elementary Art

Student teaching at the K-8 grade level for approximately one-half semester. Assignments to be made after approval by the School of Art and Design, art education area, and are subject to availability. (See "Educator Licensure Requirements.") (Credits: 6)
PRQ: ARTE 345, final approval of portfolio, and successful completion of the Illinois Subject Matter Knowledge Test (Art K-12). CRQ: ARTE 488B.

ARTE 488B - Student Teaching in Secondary Art

Student teaching at the 9-12 grade level for approximately one-half semester. Assignments to be made after approval by the School of Art and Design, art education area, and are subject to availability. (See "Educator Licensure Requirements.") (Credits: 6)
PRQ: ARTE 345, final approval of portfolio, and successful completion of the Illinois Subject Matter Knowledge Test (Art K-12). CRQ: ARTE 488A.

ARTE 500 - Studio Foundations for Art and Desgin Educators

Exploration of 2-D studio media appropriate for K-12 environment, studio pedagogy, and development of technical skills in the representation and interpretation of subjects. Portfolio preparation for art and design education pre-service teachers. Studio and lecture.(Credits: 3)
PRQ: Consent of school.

ARTE 543 - Technology in Art + Design Education

Focuses on technology integration in art and design education and addresses practices, issues, and potentials. Knowledge about and teaching of digital art making, and management of digital technologies appropriate for K-12 settings. Emphasis on collaboration, development of creativity, problem solving and technological knowledge. Hands-on experience with integrating technology into the art curriculum/instruction and creating expressive digital art and other visual images for classroom use.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 563 - Art, Criticism, and Communication in Education

Thematic, interdisciplinary, and culturally responsive approaches to the application of aesthetic, art historical, and critical theory and methods to instructional practice in communities and schools. Emphasis on communication theory and the role of visual and textual language in teaching and learning. Development and use of multiple methods of communication and digital instructional resources to measure and improve student performance. Types of evidence of professional growth. Lecture, discussion, and field experiences.(Credits: 3)
PRQ: Admission to teacher certification or consent of school.

ARTE 580 - Alternative Teaching Experiences

Internship teaching in community centers, social agencies, and other facilities offering educational programs outside of the public school pattern. Cooperatively supervised field experiences in alternative modes of instruction.(Credits: 3-12)
PRQ: Approval of art education faculty adviser.

ARTE 583 - Art in Elementary Classrooms

Adapting visual arts concepts and skills as appropriate to the elementary child and the self-contained classroom. Emphasis on content knowledge and student growth and achievement connected to self-motivation, emotional well-being and active engagement. Field trip, lecture, studio, critique, and micro teaching experiences. Not open to art majors.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 584 - Interrelated Arts Education

Exploration of aesthetic concepts pertinent to education in the arts. Analysis of curricular structures that accommodate an education in combined arts and basic assumptions underlying these structures. Planning, developing, and implementing arts programs in the context of visual arts in K-12 educational systems.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 588A - Student Teaching in Elementary Art

Student teaching at the K-8 grade level for approximately one-half semester. Assignments to be made after approval by an art education adviser, and are subject to availability. (See "Teacher Certification Requirements.") This course does not count toward required 33 semester hours for the M.S. in Art.(Credits: 6)
PRQ: ARTE 682, final approval of portfolio, and successful completion of the Illinois Subject Matter Knowledge Test (Art K-12). CRQ: ARTE 588B.

ARTE 588B - Student Teaching in Secondary Art

Student teaching at the 9-12 grade level for approximately one-half semester. Assignments to be made after approval by an art education adviser, and are subject to availability. (See "Teacher Certification Requirements.") This course does not count toward required 33 semester hours for the M.S. in Art.(Credits: 6)
PRQ: ARTE 682, final approval of portfolio, and successful completion of the Illinois Subject Matter Knowledge Test (Art K-12). CRQ: ARTE 588A.

ARTE 679 - Art Education for Special Needs Populations

Philosophies, instructional methods, practice, and experience with appropriate materials, resources, and opportunities related to art education for special needs populations. Emphasis on laws and learning related to gifted and special education, interventions and reporting. Designed for students in elementary, middle level, secondary, special education, and art education. Lecture, discussion, and field experience.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 681 - Creativity and Learning

Examination of research and educational practices specifically related to the creative experience. Creativity and learning theory applied to problems of curriculum and instruction; questions of method to promote creativity in arts and humanities programs.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 682 - Curriculum Development in Art + Design Education

Sequential curriculum writing for teaching art and design with regards to student cognitive processes and curriculum goals, including culturally responsive, interdisciplinary and technological content. Analysis of the history and current trends in curriculum development. Emphasis on differentiated instructional and assessment methods; curriculum management, advocacy, and leadership. Arrangements for a clinical experience, with a minimum of 25 hours, will be provided to students not currently teaching in a classroom.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 683 - Seminar in Art Education

Investigation and discussion of topics in art education as they relate to issues in the visual arts, society, and education programs. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 684 - History and Philosophy of Art Education

Survey and appraisal of the historical and philosophical basis for teaching of art. Consideration of current objectives with implications for change.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 685 - Research Readings in Art Education

Critical evaluation of primary research. Applying criteria for evaluating: theoretical, descriptive (historical, ethnographic, empirical, and case studies), and experimental research.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 686 - Leadership in Art Education

Analysis of historical, sociopolitical, and economic influences on the formation and implementation of art education policy and leadership. Examination of advocacy strategies and administration of art programs. (Credits: 3)

ARTE 687 - Evaluation and Assessment in Art Education

Intent, function, and consequences of evaluation and assessment in art and design education. Survey of evaluation of art programs and teaching. Diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment of art. Methods and instrumentation related to evaluation in art education. (Credits: 3)
PRQ: Teaching experience or at least 25 clock hours of clinical experience, or consent of school.

ARTE 688 - Alternative Methods of Instruction in Art

Exploration of teaching approaches in art that vary in response to desired outcomes of learning. Use of models in the identification of teaching styles and in obtaining feedback. Planning and teaching for learning situations specific to K-12 art education. (Credits: 3)

ARTE 781 - Research Topics: Independent Study

Independent research of a selected topic related to art teaching, therapy, or museum education. Credit limited to one \ topic per semester. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. (Credits: 3 or 6)
PRQ: ARTE 784, and at least one 600-level course in art related to topic selected, and completion of all other requirements for the M.S. degree and approval of the art education adviser.

ARTE 783 - Doctoral Seminar in Art Education

Analysis of selected problems and issues in art education. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 semester hours, but credit limited to 1 hour each semester. (Credits: 1)
PRQ: Admission to the Ph.D. in Art Education; the Ed.D. specialization in Art Education; or consent of school.

ARTE 784 - Research Methods in Art Education

Survey of methods used to conduct theoretical, historical, and empirical research in art education; qualitative and quantitative methods; research question development, ethics, data analysis, and reporting. (Credits: 3)
PRQ: ARTE 681 and ARTE 685, or consent of school.

ARTE 790 - Curriculum Theory and Evaluation of Visual Arts Programs

Curriculum theory and evaluation in art education; historical and current trends of reform in art programming; development of expert knowledge about central concepts, structures, and debates in the professional field; critical analyis of curriculum as a foundation of research and leadership.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 791 - Critical Theories of Art, Culture, and Pedagogy

Cultural theory as a basis for art education research. Emphasis on the actual and potential impact of various critical traditions and contemporary critical theories on art education in schools and communities.(Credits: 3)
PRQ: Admission to the art education specialization in the Ed.D. program in curriculum and instruction, or consent of school.

ARTE 792 - Philosophies of Art and Aesthetics

Historical and contemporary discourse of art and visual culture through the lenses of theoretical philosophy. Emphasis on aesthetics and ethics in Western civilization.(Credits: 3)

ARTE 799 - Doctoral Research and Dissertation

Student must accumulate 15 hours prior to graduation. May be repeated to a maximum of 100 semester hours. (Credits: 1-100)
PRQ: Candidacy for the doctoral degree and consent of chair of doctoral committee.

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Art + Design Education at Northern Illinois University is one of the leading programs of its kind in the world. Its research-focused faculty explores curriculum and learning outcomes related to visual culture, contemporary technology, assessment, indigenous studies, critical pedagogy, e-portfolio development, media studies and international educational teaching and research. Instruction focuses on meeting the myriad challenges of today's schools including student engagement with critical thinking, self-directed learning, Common Core, visual literacy, and STEAM.

NIU Art + Design Education students are committed to excelling as practitioners, scholars, and creative risk takers who build on their own strengths as they develop skills to advocate for art as essential to learning across diverse settings. Together, faculty and students work to improve educational practice, in both schools and communities, to produce visually literate children and adults.

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