Although students receive a BFA degree they must be admitted to the Teacher Education program of the College of Education in order to complete degree requirements leading to certification. Students should check with the Office of Teacher Certification and Advising (314-516-5937) for current admission information. To be certified, students must pass the Art Knowledge Praxis exam (refer to the Praxis Series at the Educational Testing Service website, www.ets.org) and demonstrate competence in eleven MoSTEP standards as documented in a final electronic portfolio. Information about the Praxis exam and MoSTEP standards is available from the Office of Teacher Certification and Advising or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Note that K-12 Art certification is grouped with Secondary Education by both DESE and the College of Education. Art teacher certification may be obtained by post-degree students who complete Art and Art History and Teacher Education requirements identical to those of art education BFA students.
Art education has been identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as an area of critical need. Art is a required subject in Missouri public elementary schools, and visual art is often used to fulfill the Fine Arts credit required for high school graduation. Many high school students wish to major in art. With over 300 art teachers in the greater St. Louis region alone, there is a demand for art teachers in urban and rural areas statewide each year, although as may be expected the competition tends to be steepest in urban and suburban areas. Requirements met to obtain Missouri teacher certification can be applied toward certification in other states, although additional qualifications may be required.
Rm 213 Fine Arts Building