Degree Audit


The degree of an art education major is the Bachelor of Arts in Education in Visual Art Education k-12 (known as the BAE). 


The moment you KNOW you want to be an art teacher, it is important to fill out a Major Declaration Form!

The requirements of the BAE in Visual Arts directly depends on the Catalog Year that YOU SIGNED a Major Declaration Form.  For example, if you signed a Major Declaration form last year, you are obligated to take all of the courses required for the 2020/21 Catalog Year.  If you sign your form this quarter, you will be required to take the courses listed for 2021/22 Catalog Year.  Please fill out this form and send it to me ASAP (SEE TOP OF PAGE).


2021-22 CHANGES

In previous years, the BAE was separated into two degrees; one with an elementary focus and one with a secondary focus.  However, anyone who graduated with those degrees were able to teach k-12 regardless of the "focus" area. 

Beginning with in the Fall of Academic Year 2021/22, the art education degree at EWU now combines the previously separated BAE Elementary and BAE Secondary programs into one program:  Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) k – 12.  This change eliminates the focus confusion and better exposes all future art teachers to k-12 content. 

With the new degree, we were also able to make a significant credit change to make the path to graduation less cumbersome.  Education degrees are historically high-credit degrees because skill development occurs in BOTH Art and Education Departments, so to better accommodate a pathway to graduation, we inspected all of our Art courses and was able to eliminate nearly 15 credits from the ART portion of the degree. Here is a list of the overall changes:

  • A drop of BAE credits from 71-74 to 60 credits for the new BAE k-12 program.

  • The elimination of the BAE/elementary art program – this switched to k-12.

  • The elimination of the BAE/secondary art program – this switched to k-12.

  • The elimination of the ART Education minor program.

  • The elimination of ART 490A – students will take ART 490 instead.

  • The elimination of ART 393 – students will take the five-credit hour 391 instead.

  • ART 391 changed from a two-credit course to a five-credit course and will cover k-12 content.

ALL students who submit Major Declaration forms in the Catalog Year of 2021 can take advantage of the new BAE k-12 degree pathway:   

  • If you have already filled out and submitted a Major Declaration form but want to be a part of the new BAE k-12 program, you can submit a new form.

  • If you want to stay on an old BAE program, you may do so.  However, ART 490A and 393 will never be offered again.  Instead, you will take 490 for 490A; and 391 for 393. 




I am the advisor for all art education students.  I sign Major Declaration forms and answer any ART questions you might have. 

If you have any EDUCATION questions, you need to contact the Education Department.  It is important that you realize it is your responsibility to APPLY to the Education program much sooner than you might realize.  They expect you to do this when you only have one quarter of Art courses left = nearly a year before you enter their program. Here is a link to the Education program (you are a part of the Secondary Program regardless that you are k-12): https://www.ewu.edu/cpp/education/secondary-education/Links to an external site.  


If at any time you are wondering when to take a course or how many courses you have left, fill out this form and read it carefully.  If you want to ask me about your courses, you must fill out this checklist and present it  to me with your questions (see back of form for earlier Catalog years).  SEE TOP OF PAGE to download then print file.  


SOAR is an automated record reflecting academic progress toward degree completion. By considering completed coursework, EWU current registration, and transfer courses; SOAR provides timely information on progress toward meeting degree requirements based on your signed Major Declaration form. Allowing both the student and advisor a clear picture of courses needed for degree completion. It is very import to run a new SOAR audit each time you use it.

Your audit is only valid if you have submitted a MAJOR DECLARATION FORM!!!!  Run your own audit by visiting here:  https://inside.ewu.edu/advising/faculty-staff-resources/soar-degree-audit/ 

UPDATE:  SOAR might be replaced.  I will know more in mid-September!  SEE TOP OF PAGE.

National Evaluation Series (NES) TEST

Take the NES test while art content is fresh. Students who wish to be a certified teacher in the state of Washington must receive a passing score of 220 on the ART (test code 503) NES test. The test includes 1., foundations of art: elements and principles (11%), 2., art media, tools, technologies, techniques, and processes (33%), 3., visual arts in historical and cultural context (33%), 4., art criticism (12%), 5., connecting to other disciplines (11%).


Find test sites and learn more here: https://www.nestest.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/NT503_TestPage.html


The process is as follows:

  1. Student needs to apply to the secondary education program by notifying Dr. Shaffer and/or Michaela Vue TWO quarters prior to starting EDUC coursework.

    • Deadline for applying for Fall quarter is January 10th and Spring quarter is October 1st. No secondary students will apply in Spring for a Winter quarter start, beginning in 21-22 school year.

    • NOTE: if this timeline is not possible, students can file an appeal to apply late to the program; however, fingerprinting and other parts of the admission process might be impacted by a late application.

  2. Students need to complete ALL required prereqs. for secondary applications. These prereqs. can be completed during the two quarters prior to starting EDUC coursework, which means that they can still be completed after applying if necessary. NOTE: all of these prereqs—as well as the student’s overall GPA—must be a B- or higher.

    • CMST 200, 201 or 340

    • ENGL 201

    • EDUC 201

    • SPED 363

    • Math proficiency

    • PSYC 204

  3. Student will complete the Canvas course for the application/orientation to the EDUC program. This step includes completing the application itself (which creates an SMR record), submitting references, and completing a resume for field experience. Students also need to complete a program plan and submit this electronically. The program plan is an essential step because it helps the EDUC program to plan course counts each quarter.

  4. Once students complete the application, then the UG Director and program specialist will review the application, checking for all prereqs., GPA, and content coursework, program plan, and major declaration form. If student has met all of these requirements, then they will be matriculated into the EDUC program.

  5. After being admitted, students can do the fingerprint process and will be added to the “clearance” Canvas course which includes instructions for how students complete this step.

  6. Then, students will be cleared to start courses in the EDUC program and will be tracked by certification and field experience throughout their time taking EDUC courses toward their endorsement.