Students must receive a grade of C or better in all major course requirements. Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA in all NIU and transfer courses to enroll in Art Education courses. They must have a minimum 2.50 GPA in all NIU courses to obtain a teaching certificate. These standards apply to all art education majors and initial certification candidates.
Students who fall below a required GPA may appeal in writing for one probationary semester to the head of the art education division.
Students must present an art education entrance portfolio consisting of studio work and appropriate art education materials to the art education faculty before the completion of ARTE 342 and pass the portfolio review for admission into the certification program. Students must submit an exit portfolio during the semester before student teaching and pass the exit review in order to be approved for student teaching.
To gain admission into the certification program, students must successfully complete the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or achieve a Composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22; or a composite (mathematics and critical reading) SAT score of 1030 or pass 3 of the 4 TAP sections successfully with the final section taken and passed during the semester ARTE 200 is taken along with a TAP Workshop. TAP Prep Course is required for any student with a score of 19 or below on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT and the criminal background check required for certification (prior to ARTE 342) for each clinical experience course, as well as student teaching site as laid out per each site’s rules and regulations, pass the entrance portfolio review, and have achieved a grade of at least C in ARTE 342. Also see “Teacher Certification Requirements.”
Students are required to exhibit and maintain appropriate dispositions for certification as assessed by the art education faculty.