college of communication fine arts and media
Department of art and art history


This option gives students the opportunity to teach K-12 art by earning their K-12 teaching certification. They then have the capacity to pursue graduate level work in an M.A. or M.Ed. program in art education or MS degrees in Education. The BASA with K-12 certification requires a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Students pursuing the BASA with K-12 certification must complete all the requirements for the BASA degree with concentration in Two Dimensional Arts or Three Dimensional Arts

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Content explored in Comprehensive Art Education methods courses focuses on, but is not limited to:

A. Discipline 1 of Art Content:

Form in Art, Meaning in Art, Studio Concepts and Media Exploration

B. Discipline 2 of Art Content:

Art History and Modes of Inquiry in Art History

C. Discipline 3 of Art Content:

Aesthetics and Modes of Inquiry in Aesthetics

D. Discipline 4 of Art Content:

Art Criticism and Modes of Inquiry in Art Criticism

E. Connecting Visual Art with Music

F. Connecting Visual Art with Drama

G. Connecting Visual Art with Dance and Creative Movement

H. Connecting Art as Visual Literacy with Core K-12 Curriculum Areas

I. Classroom Management and Safety in the Art Classroom

J. Preparing Students for Future Careers in Art

K. Strategies for Learners:

Individual Reflective Practice and Hands-on Collaborative Inquiry

L. Teaching Styles

M. Art and Cognition:

Multiple Intelligences, Learning Styles

N. Role of Technology in Comtemporary Art Education

O. Developmental Issues in Art Education and Students with Special Needs

P. Cultural Diversity, Gender Issues, and Art Education

Q. Enculturation of Youth in a Political and Social Democracy

R. Stewardship of Schools (Professional Responsibility)

S. Nurturing Pedagogy

T. Access to Knowledge for all Learners

U. Contemporary Theories of Art and Art Education

V. Thematic Basis for K-12 Curriculum Design

W. Advocacy, Leadership, and Professionl Commitment in Relation to Art Education

X. National and State Standards, Assessment, land Evaluation of Student Performance in K-12 Art Education


The UNO art education program, although it does not offer a graduate degree, has also achieved a national reputation for excellence in in service art education. Specific departmental programs that speak to that excellence include:

Prairie Visions Consortium for Comprehensive Arts Education

Prairie Visions is a nationally recognized program that is dedicated to strengthening comprehensive arts education and the preparation of K-12 teachers. In collaboration with the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska art museums, Prairie Visions has provided professional development for K-12 teachers to effectively implement comprehensive arts education in their community and school curricula. Since 1987 UNO Art and Art History faculty have worked as discipline consultants and pedagogical leaders for the summer Prairie Visions Institutes--designing the content and guiding the development of theory and practice for comprehensive arts education working with a diverse population of K-12 teachers across the state and since 2005 the Center for Innovation in Arts Education has organized and directed the summer institute and related programs.

Interestingly, the approach to comprehensive arts education developed through the Prairie Visions consortium with the guidance of the discipline consultants from the University of Nebraska at Omaha has focused both on the value of art in a democratic society and the value of art education for raising important issues in the classroom. Drawing on the research of art educator/theorists like Eliot Eisner, John Goodlad, Maxine Greene and others, the Prairie Visions team espouses notions that the arts are unique in what they offer learners about the nature and values of culture, and that the arts are a primary vehicle for developing literacy, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills in students.

Center for Innovation in Arts Education

Because of its active and effective involvement in research and the practice of art education, the Center for Innovation for Arts Education was formed in 2000. The mission of the Center is to provide a permanent institutional base for leadership in arts education. The Center organizes, facilitates, and collaborates on arts education, curriculum development and professional development projects with k-16 educators, arts, institutions and organizations on the local, state and national levels. The Center is responsible for the Prairie Visions Institute, the Art in Science camps (part of the Aim for the Stars summer science program) and curriculum for art projects with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Iowa West Public Art Foundation and the Nebraska Arts Council. Past projects have also included projects with national artists Faith Ringgold and Carmen Lomas Garza.

CADRE II: The Arts Project (Career Advancement and Development for Recruits and Experienced Teachers)

CADRE is an innovative graduate induction and professional renewal program which pairs newly certified teachers with master teachers in a mentor-mentee relationship. New teachers complete a Master's Degree in the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha through a sequence of course work and field components including a year-long teaching assignment. The CADRE project, begun in 1994, is a cooperative effort of the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Education and area metropolitan school districts. In 2003, the program was recognized for excellence as a recipient of the national Christa McAuliffe Award.
In 1998, the College of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the College of Education, developed the Cadre II: The Arts Program that basically focuses on elementary level teachers interested in the integration of comprehensive arts education into mainstream curricula. The Cadre II: The Arts program, like its original counterpart, has also been nationally recognized. Young Audiences, Inc. in New York recently selected the Cadre II: The Arts program as one of eight exemplary university sites for innovative arts education practice.

Service Learning

The College of Fine Arts partner with area schools to provide experiential learning for pre-service art education students. Students enrolled in art methods classes at the University of Nebraska at Omaha conduct observations and field teaching in area schools.

Links to other important websites in Arts Education

ARTnet Nebraska
Getty Education Institute for the Arts
Institute for Educational Inquiry
National Art Education Association (NAEA)-
Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATA)
Nebraska Arts Council
Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)
NDE K12 Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Frameworks
Nebraska Art Museums:
Joslyn Art Museum
Sheldon Memorial Art Museum
Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA)



Department of Art & Art History
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
University Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha NE 68182-0011
(402) 554.2420 Fax: (402) 554.3436