Step by step, this program has helped me become a great classroom manager, artist, and future teacher. Having a tight knit group of colleagues to support me and advise me has always given me a sense of belonging within this intensive art program
– Leanna Arroyo, 2017 Graduate of the 5-year program
Representatives of three distinct departments—Art Education, Art and College of Education—and the University’s administration have designed the new 5-year combined degree program, which is essentially a combined BA in Art/MS in Art Education degree program that would enable students to complete both degrees—and be eligible for teacher education certification—in five years.
The primary mission of the 5 year combined degree is to prepare art teachers for public and private school service, who posses knowledge and skills in the arts, advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in art education and understanding of the roles of education within wider contexts of culture and society. Completion of this dual degree results in candidates earning a Bachelor’s of Art (BA) or, in rare cases, a Bachelor’s of Fine Art (BFA) degree, as well as a Master’s of Science Degree in Art Education (MS), and initial Certification for Teaching K-12 Art in Florida.