Freshmen are selected for initial entry into programs through the Admissions Office. Teacher preparation programs are “capped” enrollment and therefore are the most difficult to enter at the university. Standards for admission include the top one-third of their high school class and an SAT score of 1060 or higher. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or above to remain in teacher preparation programs at Shippensburg. Transfer students, both internal and external, and those already possessing a degree are selected for the Art Education Certification Program based on the following criteria:
- Academic proficiency in college or university coursework, including professional education courses with a cumulative 3.0 GPA by end of 60 credits.
- A grade of C or higher must be achieved in all courses.
- Must pass the Praxis I: Basic Skills proficiency from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
- Review of a writing sample, a small portfolio of artwork, and a personal interview with members of the art and design and education departments.
Students will be selected from candidates who have fulfilled all the above requirements.
Students enrolled in the Art Education K-12 Certification program will take the required courses of the art major, the required general education courses, in addition to the following education courses:
- Art Practicum, Student Teaching
- Educational Psychology
- Introduction to Exceptionalities
- The American School
- Elements of Instruction
- Social Structures of Aesthetics, Philosophy & Criticism in the Arts
- Contemporary Methods in Art Education
Students will practice their teaching skills in many of the courses taken as part of the Art Education K-12 Certification program. They will write lesson plans, teach classes, and evaluate their work. Later in the program, each student will have a one semester, 15-credit teaching practicum where they will work with supervising faculty in both elementary and upper-level teaching environments.
Students must pass all required PRAXIS examinations. These include:
- Praxis I: Academic Skills Assessments are designed to be taken early in a student's college career to measure reading, writing, mathematics skills and general content knowledge. The reading, writing, and mathematics assessments are available through either a paper-based or computer-based format. Praxis I examinations must be passed when 45-60 credit hours are completed and before students apply for professional standing in Art Education.
- Praxis II: Subject Assessments measure candidates' knowledge of the subjects they will teach. The Art Education Praxis Examination: 10133 Art: Content Knowledge must be taken for Pennsylvania Department of Certification in Art Education K-12.
Praxis II must be completed before student teaching. Students should plan on completing these tests prior to, or at the beginning of, their senior year.