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Licensure Program

*Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. (source)


The Art Education Center licensure program at James Madison University, founded in 2000, supports the National Art Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning for Visual Art through programs in art education, community activities, art education research, and summer art programs for students and adults.

The program develops certified K-12 art educators who can create strong content and teach comprehensive and sequential art lessons, including: art production, art history, art criticism, aesthetics and visual culture.

The Art Education Center licensure program graduates who seek employment after graduation have a 100 percent employment rate.

The program is available to all art, design and art history majors. Students will complete their art major, the required professional education courses, three school practicum placements and two eight-week blocks of student teaching.

Students complete licensure requirements for art teaching simultaneously with their art degree requirements. To remain in the program, students are required to earn a B grade or higher in all art education courses.

Graduates are: 1) professional art educators; 2) articulate art education advocates; and 3) reflective artists and teachers.

Students in art education coursework engage in both theoretical and practical issues related to comprehensive art education teaching. Art education students also develop professional teaching skills by participating in yearly activities provided through the JMU Art Education Center, including: the Madison Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association; Virginia Very Special Arts Festival; State and National Art Education Conferences; the JMU Summer Art Program, and JMU Art Workshop Day.

The program received the VAEA 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year.

Fulfilling the requirements for K-12 licensure results in quality educators who are highly sought after by school districts and community art education programs for youth, adults, and seniors.

Art Education Area Coordinator

Dr. Karin Tollefson-Hall

Associate Director of SADAH, Art Education Coordinator, Professor of Art Education

Art Education Faculty

Dr. Hannah Sions

Assistant Professor of Art Education


Dr. William Wightman

NASAD Coordinator; Graduate Director for Art Education; Professor of Art and Art Education

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