The Bachelor of Arts program in Secondary Education Visual Art prepares students to teach 6th through 12th grade in a variety of urban and suburban education settings, including public and private middle schools and high schools.

Students learn educational theories and effective teaching practices, participate in field experiences, which require observation and participation in teaching activities at multiple schools, and student teaching. Students should meet early and regularly with their advisor to design and monitor their program of study.

The program combines theoretical principles of education and field work with the student's choice of major.  Students follow a general pattern of study for middle school and high school levels.  In all cases, appropriate field experience plays an integral role.

In addition to completing the requirements for licensure in Illinois, and in aligning with a commitment to preparing students with a global mindset, teacher candidates will also complete the requirements to gain a certificate in Teaching and Learning from the International Baccalaureate Organization. The IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning for the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP) provides teacher candidates the background and expertise to teach in an IB school.  The IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning expands the opportunities for teacher candidates and training in IB open expands the vision of inquiry and reflective practice.

Students entering the program must be able and willing to devote themselves to a program requiring a minimum of 100 hours of daytime field experiences in schools.  These school-based clinical hours are completed in conjunction with methodology courses that require students to spend a half-day each week in a school. As students will be completing requirements to earn the IB Certificate, a majority of the 100-110 hours will be completed in International Baccalaureate Schools.   In addition, the student must spend a minimum of 11 weeks in full-time student teaching.

Please make sure you consult the Liberal Studies Requirements, Major Requirements, and College Core Requirements for full degree requirements.

NOTE:  Secondary Education students now have the option to double major in Secondary Education and Art, Media, and Design. With the double major, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Secondary Education and a major in Art, Media, and Design.  Students should declare Secondary Education as their primary major (see Secondary Education BA/BS for degree requirements) and Art, Media, and Design (see Art, Media, and Design BA for degree requirements) as their secondary major. If you have already begun the Secondary Education Visual Arts major and want to switch to the Secondary Education Major and Art, Media, and Design double major, you should contact your academic advisor because the double major may require additional coursework.  Students who pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Secondary Education Visual Arts do not have the option to double major in Art Media and Design.


Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement in Secondary Education Visual Art (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.

Liberal Studies Requirements   78 hours
​Major Requirements 106 hours
​Open Electives      8 hours
   ​Total hours required   192 hours