The Bachelor of Science in Art education is an undergraduate degree program for students seeking to teach art in K-12 settings. The degree culminates in a Pennsylvania Department of Education Level I certificate. Students in art education have gone on to teach in public schools, private schools, museums, and community settings.
Admissions: Students enter into the program through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. That office distributes admissions materials. The application process includes the submission of an Art Education Portfolio to the Department of Art Education & Crafts and a KU Application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. See B.S. admissions section for details.
Program of Study: The undergraduate program has a specific sequence of courses found on the Art Education Check Sheet that include the study of Studio Art, Visual Studies, Art Education methods, Clinical Field Experiences, and General Education. Art Education students begin their first year taking the same studio Foundations program as other visual arts majors. Students are required to obtain a wide range of studio skills and to concentrate on a single studio area. The Visual Studies offerings provide students with opportunities to understand art, design, and visual culture from historical, critical, and philosophical positions. Student will be introduced to schools through classroom observations, arts days, and field and clinical experiences. The Art Education Program Check sheet provides information regarding the organization of the entire program.
Once accepted, student may choose to Double Major in Crafts or Double Major in Fine Arts, a program of study that normally takes 5 years and leads to both the B.S. in Art Education and a B.F.A. in Fine Arts or a B.F.A. in Crafts.
Special opportunities: The Art Education program provides its graduates with clinical experiences in K-12 teaching in Elementary, Middle, and High School settings. The program provides opportunities for experiences in Rural, Suburban, and Urban settings. The program offers Museum Education opportunities through museums in the region.
Equipment and Facilities: Art Education students take studio courses in the same studios as other visual arts majors. These include facilities for Fine Metals, Fibers, Woodwork, Ceramics, Sculpture, Watercolor, Painting, Life Drawing, Photography, Digital Media, and Printmaking. Art education field experiences take place in a wide range of regional schools and museums. The region provides a wide variety of school settings for students to obtain a rich array of experiences related to K-12 teaching.
Faculty: The Art Education Program has a faculty who are dedicated to their students and their areas of research in studio art, art education, art history and criticism. In addition, art teachers from the region contribute to the success of our program through their generous mentoring of Kutztown University students through their roles as co-operative teachers.