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2016-2017 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Prep

Art / Education / Secondary Teacher Licensure Program

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Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Art

(120 credits hours) Requirements are subject to change.

Students selecting this major also major in Education and seek licensure as a teacher of visual arts (PreK-8, 5-12).  The art major offers students an opportunity for the unique development of their talents in a wide range of visual arts courses and concentrations. A full spectrum of studio courses affords students the development of their personal talents in the visual arts. An assortment of methods, techniques, materials, and philosophies challenge art majors to express themselves to their fullest potential. It is the underlying philosophy of this major that students maturing as art educators have a responsibility to share and lead in developing a better and more meaningful society. This commitment to artistic and social responsibility by the Visual and Performing Arts Department, its faculty, and its students is the essence of the Springfield College humanics philosophy. The prime objectives of the art major are to:

  • Develop the creative and imaginative skills of each student in the visual arts.
  • Sensitize each student to the aesthetic needs of people.
  • Encourage all students to use their talent in the visual arts for constructive change of the highest order within society.
  • Help each student, as an emerging artist, to focus on the many new professional career opportunities in the visual arts.

All students select a practicum placement and student teach in their senior year. This opportunity gives each student the chance to experience an on-the-job, real-world situation and is of great value in helping students make realistic choices about their future professional life.

Whenever possible, prospective students arrange to meet with the a professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department to review their art portfolios. Details of portfolio preparation and other related information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Simone Alter-Muri of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, at (413) 748-3752. For general information about the art major, contact Professor Shell or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

Download an Art / Education / Secondary Teacher Licensure Program Checksheet


I. General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.  For specific requirements, see the General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)  section or the Sequencing Guide for this major.

II. Major Requirements (Art)

Related requirements

In addition, select a total of 10 credits from the following practicum options:

IV. Elective Courses (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

Admission to Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs

Once admitted to Springfield College, the student must meet the following requirements in order to become an official candidate for licensure and get formally admitted to a specific teacher preparation program.  This typically occurs prior to the student’s junior year or the equivalent for transfer students.

  1. Follow the appropriate course of study based on the field the student is interested in teaching. This includes majoring in an acceptable major for that licensure area and taking the required teacher preparation courses. This enables the student to fulfill the prerequisites needed to gain admission to a teacher preparation program. Examples of acceptable majors and licensure areas are psychology for early childhood; American studies, English, or mathematics and computer technology for elementary and/or special education; biology, English, history or mathematics for secondary; movement and sports studies for physical education or dual health & physical education; art/studio art concentration or art therapy for art education; and health studies for health education.
  2. Complete, or be in the process of completing, all prerequisites identified for the specific program.
  3. Earn a minimum 2.750 (3.250 MOST-PHE) cumulative grade point average for all designated licensure courses. This includes all subject matter knowledge coursework as well as teacher preparation professional coursework.  See educator preparation homepage on our website for specific lists of ‘Prerequisites and Program Requirements’ for each licensure program. [Note: In all programs except physical education and health, the grade point average for the student’s major is calculated separately from the grade point average for professional preparation courses.]
  4. Earn a minimum 2.500 (3.250 MOST-PHE) cumulative grade point average and minimum grades specified for designated courses
  5. Demonstrate the personal characteristics/professional behaviors needed to become a quality teacher (i.e., responsible, dependable, hard working, professional, committed to the teaching profession, etc.).
  6. Be recommended for admission into a teacher licensure program by the appropriate major department and the Education Department.  For students in health and physical education, the only recommendation required is from the Physical Education and Health Education Department.
  7. Receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Tests (reading and writing) of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
  8. Students must be admitted to a specific program prior to enrolling in their final pre-practicum.

Note: Students who have been admitted to a teacher preparation program must maintain all the admissions requirements listed above through the semester preceding the practicum (student teaching) in order to be eligible to begin the practicum experience and must maintain cumulative GPS’s in order to successfully complete the program.

Once all admissions requirements have been met, the student must fill out the application for admission. Applications are available from advisors, departments, or the Educator Preparation Office.

The Director of Educator Preparation & Licensure will review the completed application and notify the candidate of the admission decision. If a student wishes to appeal this decision, a written appeal must be submitted to the Educator Preparation Council.

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