Elementary Arts

WHAT IS THE ELEMENTARY ARTS INTEGRATION ENDORSEMENT?
The Fine Arts Elementary Arts Integration Endorsement is for classroom teachers who are skilled in an art form; who desire to develop expertise in helping students develop the skills and understanding required in the Art, Dance, Drama, or Music Core Curriculum; and who are willing to provide arts leadership in their schools. Candidates will choose workshops, conferences, courses and activities as needed to successfully build the capacity to demonstrate to an evaluator the required skills and knowledge to teach in the selected art form.
WHO SHOULD PURSUE IT?
Those planning to be or who are already an elementary licensed educator.
BENEFITS:
Starting this endorsement as a student at the University of Utah will make you more marketable as you are applying for jobs. The benefit of completing the endorsement during your first year of teaching is your school will receive $1,500 in arts education supplies so you are able to implement your arts integrated skills with K-6students. Beginning your Elementary Arts Integration Endorsement during your tenure at the University of Utah, will provide you with the necessary skills to effectively integrate the arts into academic learning. Post graduation, you will only need to complete the USOE implementation requirements, leadership and advocacy class, and attend four days of approved arts integrated workshops and conferences.

PART 1


Take the following required courses while you are completing your degree in Art or Elementary Education at the University of Utah.
ART 1015 CREATIVE RESPONSE TO MATERIALS*
3 credits (Fulfills Fine Arts Exploration requirement)
This is an introductory studio course where non-art major students will create visual art in both two and three -dimensional media. This class introduces art techniques, concepts, and methods through a response to the physical materials used. The conceptual focus is on building the ability to communicate ideas, themes, and personal experiences using the language of visual art.
ART 3015 MATERIALS AND METHODS OF ART*
3 credits (Fulfills Fine Arts Exploration requirement)
In this studio course, students will explore the properties and uses of multiple artistic materials as tools for supporting the artistic development of children and youth. Students will have numerous opportunities to engage in hands-on experimentation with multiple types of artistic media as they consider how best to apply these processes to visual art education.
ART 3540 ART EDUCATION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
3 Credits The course provides an overview of the methods of elementary art education.
Students explore the content areas of art education (studio art, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics) as well as art education pedagogy. The course is a hands-on methods course in which students are required to design and implement art lessons to be taught to elementary school students in educational settings.
FA 4000 INTEGRATING THE ARTS INTO ACADEMIC LEARNING*
3 credits (Fulfills Fine Arts Exploration requirement)
This course assists elementary education majors with integrating fine arts into the academic curriculum. It is a hands-on methods course designed to give confidence and direction in the planning of fine arts project experiences. Students will be required to design and implement interdisciplinary fine arts lessons in the public school classroom.
* These classes are already required for the Art Teaching and Elementary
Education Degree Programs:

PART 2


After receiving your degree from the University of Utah, you will need to fulfill the following requirements as an in-service educator to receive your endorsement and the $1,500 in art supplies:
  • Arts participation in educator events for the other three art forms including reflection and application in the classroom (2 USOE credits)
  • Implementation/leadership/advocacy (2 USOE credits)
  • Attend 4 days of approved arts integrated conferences / workshops
For more information about the endorsement, please speak with your College of Fine Arts or College of Education Advisor.