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New degree option for IUSB students

Indiana University South Bend

Indiana University South Bend

By Lydia Sheaks

Art educators face a challenge of reaching students who grew up with technology. A new program is a step ahead of the more traditional art education programs.

Indiana University South Bend has a new degree option for students interested in teaching art.

A bachelor of art education was recently approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for the campus, according to a statement from the school.

Jane Cera, who was hired to develop the program in 2010 and now serves as the chair of the fine arts department, said the program will help students learn how to engage a classroom full of kids who grew up with technology.

“We are talking about more than art,” Cera said. “It’s understanding that we live in a very visually saturated time. This generation, they learn differently and think differently.”

That’s what makes IUSB’s new program a step ahead of the more traditional art education programs offered by other schools, she said.

Art education students will do student teaching and learn how to manage a class and write lesson plans. They will also take some general education classes and other art classes.

IUSB is spreading the word now about the new program, Cera said, and she’s hoping to get students signed up for fall 2014.

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