Visual Arts Education Major

Distinctive Program Features

  • Multiple opportunities to work with elementary, middle, and high school students in a variety of settings.
  • Methodology courses are paired with classroom teaching experiences.
  • Warm, friendly course instructors are concerned about the students as individuals, and bring a combination of practical experience and research to their courses.
  • Excellent reputation of high standards and collaboration in the community.
  • Small, interactive, classes located at the Rialto Fine Arts Center.
  • Graduates are licensed to teach elementary thru high school (K-12).
  • Have the opportunity to become more marketable by adding a Special Education endorsement (only two additional courses) and/or an ESL or Bilingual Education endorsement.
  • Students work in school classrooms a minimum of three semesters during their academic program for more than 700 hours of actual classroom experience in diverse settings.
  • Students have two academic advisors to assist them in completing their programs and planning their careers.
  • Have the advantage of working with a university who has several years of experience administering and preparing teacher candidates to successfully complete the edTPA, a national assessment designed to lead student teachers to a high level of professional performance. The assessment requires teacher candidates to demonstrate extensive academic and cultural knowledge of their students, design an appropriate unit of instruction informed by data garnered from a pre-assessment, differentiate instruction, utilize student work samples to analyze data, and deeply reflect on all components. The edTPA is a Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) required performance assessment for Professional Educator Licensure.
  • Benefit from the College of Education’s excellent reputation with area schools that leads to USF teacher candidates being highly employable after graduation. The University of St. Francis is also nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


picture of the NCATE lettermark that states The Standard of Excellence in Teacher Preparation.