Arts Education

The Arts Education Program is designed to prepare teachers of Arts Education for K-12 schools and alternate educational settings. Students are required to take a core of interdisciplinary Arts Education courses as well as courses in all five arts education areas: Dance, Drama, Literature, Music and Visual Arts. In addition, students will select an arts area of concentration as part of their program. A variety of practica experiences are included in the program.

This 4 year Arts Education Program leads to a BEd degree and full teacher certification. In some Arts Education concentrations it is possible to combine a BEd and a special 3 year Bachelor of Arts (BA) offered by the Faculty of Media, Art and Performance, or Bachelor of Dance (BDan) offered by the Faculty of Education.

An After Degree (BEAD) Program of 60 credit hours is also available for students with a BA, BFA or another approved degree in one of the arts areas of concentration chosen from Dance, Drama, Literature, Music, Visual Arts, as well as Creative Technologies for Education, or Indigenous Visual Education.

Creative Technologies is an area of concentration available to students with a BA, BFA or another approved degree. Students will be introduced to new tools for creating multisensory experiences. They will also take courses in each of the Arts Education concentrations of Dance, Drama, Literature, Music and Visual Art as well as interdisciplinary education courses that will prepare students to teach in K-12 classrooms.

Dance Education examines the historical and cultural contexts of dance and explores the role of dance in educational, recreational and theatrical settings. The study of creative dance and the related areas of anatomy, biomechanics, choreography, curriculum, movement and notation prepare the students to lead dance experiences for all ages.

Drama Education explores contextual/process drama, collective creation (play building), high school theatre programs and drama as a teaching approach in their educational drama courses. These courses, combined with production oriented classes from the Theatre Department (Faculty of Media, Art and Performance), prepare students to teach drama in classrooms from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and to take a leadership role in extracurricular drama/theatre programs.

Literature students in the Arts Education Program can choose to concentrate on elementary school teaching or secondary school teaching in Literature. Elementary Literature students learn to teach young children to read, write and enjoy picture books and other literature suitable for Grades K-6. Secondary Literature majors and minors learn to teach Literature (including literature for young adults) and Creative Writing.

Music Education in the Arts Education Program prepares students to teach music in K-12 general classroom settings. Experiential learning is highlighted in music education courses, as students:

  • develop reading and composition skills in music
  • develop listening, singing and conducting skills
  • learn to play and improvise on a variety of musical instruments
  • study and apply music education philosophies and teaching strategies (examples include Orff, Kodaly, and Drumming Circles)
  • explore and utilize a wide variety of music education resources
  • develop thematic planning skills and the ability to integrate music within all strands of the Arts Education curriculum

Students pursuing a career as a secondary band or choral teacher are advised to also investigate learning opportunities within the Bachelor of Music Education program.

Visual Education prepares students to teach visual art in kindergarten through grade twelve. Students who choose visual art as their area of concentration have the option of enrolling in a concurrent BA/BEd in Visual Art, or a BA/BEd in Indigenous Visual Education. Classes in Media, Art and Performance and Education will introduce students to content and experiences in art production, art history and art criticism. Students will engage in theoretical discussions and practical applications in developing Arts Education curricula for the school setting.

Indigenous Visual Education is an area of concentration available to students with a BA, BFA or another approved degree. Students will be introduced to contemporary and traditional indigenous art practices, methods and media. They will also take courses in each of the Arts Education concentrations of Dance, Drama, Literature, Music and Visual Art as well as interdisciplinary education courses that will prepare students to teach in K-12 classrooms.