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Department of Art & Design

BA in Art and Education

Monmouth University offers three programs in Art Education to meet the specific professional goals of graduate and undergraduate students: Bachelor of Arts and Education, Bachelor of Arts in Art and Education with an endorsement in Elementary Education, and an Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching Art.

The Bachelor of Arts in Art and Education at Monmouth University offers students the opportunity to develop as artists while preparing them to teach in public and private schools, museums, community art centers, and other settings. Students will become conversant with the role of the arts in human development, content in art education, historic and contemporary education theory, and exemplary educational practice. Students work with children, adolescents, and practicing professionals during their field experiences and student teaching provides them with practical applications of knowledge gained in the classroom.

The Bachelor of Arts in Art and Education with an Endorsement in Elementary Education will provide students with New Jersey certification as a K-5 Elementary classroom teacher.

Students in both undergraduate Art Education programs follow the same art curriculum as students in the Bachelor of Arts in Art (Studio Art). This curriculum provides our Art Education students with a strong foundation in the history, theory, techniques, and practice of traditional and digital visual arts through a variety of studio and classroom coursework.

An Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching Art is offered through the Education Department. This program is designed for graduate students who have an undergraduate degree in Art. Students take Education courses, Art Methods courses, 100 hours of field work, and student teaching in a 12-month period to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching Art and a New Jersey Teaching Certificate Art K-12.

Curriculum Chart and Sequence Chart ↗

Marketable Skills

In addition to the skills developed through the art curriculum, students develop many communication, human relation and management, organizational, and problem solving skills.

Communication Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively through written, verbal, and graphic means
  • Ability to listen attentively
  • Express ideas effectively
  • Facilitating group discussion
  • Provide appropriate feedback
  • Negotiate

Human Relation and Management

  • Developing rapport
  • Motivating
  • Organizing and managing groups
  • Teaching
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Being sensitive to the needs of others and providing support
  • Listening, Counseling


  • Planning, designing, and implementing ideas
  • Developing effective strategies
  • Designing and implementing efficient organizational practices
  • Designing effective work spaces
  • Planning programs and ordering necessary materials for program implementation

Problem Solving

  • Identify problems, imagining multiple solutions, and evaluating solutions
  • Identifying and utilizing available resources
  • Developing evaluation strategies
  • Flexibility
  • Working under and meeting deadlines