The art education program at Moravian University places child-centered teaching and learning theories into practice. As children and adolescents create works of art about big ideas that matter to themselves and others, they are problem-solving and problem-seeking. As they create works of art based on ideas shaped through dialogue with their peers and teachers, they are constructing new knowledge about their experiences in and through the world. They do so in an atmosphere that emphasizes cooperative, student-directed, and peer-group teaching and learning strategies. The primary outcome of this approach is that through the creation and sharing of personal meaning-making, students foster a greater understanding of themselves and others and awaken to alternative possibilities in the world. Art education provides an opportunity for children to respond to the question, “must things be as they are?” In doing so, they cultivate a more peaceful and socially just world and education becomes transformative.
Child-centered lesson units based on this philosophy and written by our pre-service art educators vigorously meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Standards for the Visual Arts and Common Core Standards. Moreover, because it is child-centered, this philosophy supports educators in teaching students with diverse needs, such as students who are learning the English language and those with disabilities. To carry out the ambitious goals set forth within this mission of art education, pre-service art educators at Moravian University develop and sustain their own studio art practice and use it to tell their pedagogy. In doing so, art educators come to understand their studio practice as research, as the place where they are constructing new knowledge. Through the mastery of art processes and techniques, the understanding of materials, and their potential for shaping ideas, the pre-service educator calls on these experiences as he or she writes curricula that support and challenge the artistic, cognitive, and social development and learning styles of all children.
Students complete field experiences at various levels throughout their program, building toward the ultimate internship—student teaching—in the spring of the senior year.
It's all about the experience! The opportunities here are life-changing. Here’s a preview of what you’ll experience as a Moravian University student:
A tech-friendly campus: Every student receives a MacBook Pro and an iPad as soon as they deposit
Personalized learning: We have an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 17 students
Classic college town: Moravian is located in historic downtown Bethlehem, PA
Lifetime support: Say hello to the Center for Career and Civic Engagement!
Global education: Choose from more than 20 study abroad programs
Opportunities beyond the classroom: Participate in research, civic engagement, scholarship programs, internships, and more.
A vast and active network: There are more than 20,000 Moravian alumni across the world, ready to help you get a job