The Music Education Program

The music education program prepares students to teach music in Pk-12 settings.  Students seeking certification will be prepared through coursework in music technology, orchestration, strings, woodwinds, musical theater, and many others.  Students will also take methods courses in the education department, pre-student teach, and student teach in a public-school music classroom.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will certify all candidates in PK-12 music education whom successfully complete this program and pass the required licensure exams.The music education program offers many opportunities beyond the classroom, such as:

  • Leading and directing area musical performances and programs for learning music
  • Performance and directorships of coordinated educational opportunities in the public or private settings
  • Individual or small group instruction or training in musical instrumentation or vocals

Saint Vincent College offers graduate programs in which all candidates are encouraged to consider upon completion of their teaching degree.  Candidates with master’s degrees are often offered higher-paying positions and are desired by school districts and other hiring entities.

  • Employment as a public-school certified music educator for grades preK through 12 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Direct and instruct PK-12 school choirs and band ensembles
  • Serve as a music educator for private and public settings
Art Education Major Requirements

Required courses (33 credits)
AR 101   Art History I:  Ancient through Renaissance - 3 credits
AR 102   Art History II:  Baroque to the Present - 3 credits
AR 130   Drawing I - 3 credits
AR 131   Design:  Two-Dimensional - 3 credits
AR 135   Design:  Three-Dimensional - 3 credits
AR 225   Painting I - 3 credits
AR 230   Drawing II - 3 credits
AR 240   Sculpture I - 3 credits
AR 325   Painting II - 3 credits
AR 336   Sculpture II - 3 credits
AR 405   Senior Exhibition and Professional Seminar - 3 credits

One course selected from (3 credits)
AR 205   World Art History - 3 credits
AR 310   American Art and Architecture - 3 credits

Two courses selected from (6 credits)
AR 212   Beginning Black and White Photography - 3 credits
AR 233   Drawing and Illustration for Design - 3 credits
AR 234   Introduction to Stained Glass - 3 credits
AR 236   Fiber Art - 3 credits
AR 238   Clay and Pottery - 3 credits
AR 330   Digital Photography and Post-Production - 3 credits
AR 333   Advanced Photography - 3 credits
AR 338   Printmaking I - 3 credits
AR 348   Printmaking II - 3 credits
CA 235   *Introduction to Web Design - 3 credits
CA 285   *Electronic Media - 3 credits

*Course description can be found listed in the Department of Communication.

In addition to the requirements above, Art Education majors seeking certification must also complete the requirements set by the Department of Education. Each student needs to see the Education Department for acceptance into the certification program and receive advising for the particular education courses needed.

Some students elect to complete their degree in Art Education before finishing the requirements for certification. If this route is chosen, the student must continue course work after graduation to complete their teaching certification requirements. The Art Education major demands a heavy course load; good communication between the student and advisers is critical.

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Graduate/student-teacher candidates will achieve passing scores and successfully complete the teacher certification exams for each teaching area.

    • Graduate/student-teacher candidates will demonstrate thorough knowledge of content and pedagogical skills in planning and preparation for teaching

    • Graduate/student-teacher candidates will establish and maintain a purposeful and equitable classroom environment for learning, in which pupils feel safe, valued and respected, by instituting routines and setting clear expectations for pupil behavior.

    • Graduate/student-teacher candidates, through knowledge of content, pedagogy and skill in delivering and evaluating instruction, will effectively engage students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies.

    • Graduate/student-teacher candidates will demonstrate the desired qualities that characterize a professional person in aspects that occur in and beyond the classroom.