Art Education

Bachelor of Science, Teacher Certification

Want to use your love of art to teach others? KU’s Art Education program, regarded as one of the best in the nation, is all about options.

Of course, art teachers work in public and private elementary, middle and high schools. But they also enjoy plenty of other options: teaching and running programs at art museums, anthropology museums, children’s museums, community arts centers, family support agencies, hospitals, parks & recreation departments, and plenty of other organizations.

The nonprofit arts sector generates $166.2 billion in economic activity each year according to the Americans for the Arts economic impact study. Because of this economic and political impact, public sector, arts and cultural organizations are increasingly seeking trained professionals to create vibrant arts experiences for their communities.

As an Art Education major you’ll experience a wide range of studio processes, obtain a solid art history foundation, and develop teaching skills. Student teaching and other hands-on clinical experiences complete the program.

KU’s network of support begins the moment you enter the program and continues after graduation. It reaches far beyond the university to include alumni who look at our graduates as potential colleagues or as replacements for their own positions because of our reputation for producing quality art teachers. You’ll be mentored by professors who are nationally and internationally recognized artists, educators and scholars.

Dual Major Opportunities

Students may pursue a dual major to earn a B.S. in Art Education and a B.F.A. in Applied Digital Arts, Communication Design, or Studio Art. Typically, a dual major takes five years to complete.

Field Experiences

The Art Education program provides students with clinical experiences (student teaching) in K-12 teaching in elementary, middle, and high school settings. The program provides opportunities for experiences in rural, suburban and urban locations in the region.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the B.S. in Art Education program are prepared for certification to teach art in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Credentials are also recognized in most other states.

Sample Career Options

  • Public School Art Teacher Pre-K-12
  • Private School Art Teacher Pre-K-12
  • Educational Programmer
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Educational Management Specialist
  • Daycare Administrator
  • Pre-School Art Teacher
  • Educational Management Specialist

Student Learning Outcomes

  • BS in Art Education
    1. Investigate purposes and practices of art education.
    2. Apply art processes and practices to make works of art.
    3. Apply and analyze diverse critical methodologies to the analysis of cultural artifacts.
    4. Demonstrate dispositions of a professional practitioner.
    5. Design a curriculum with strategies to deliver instruction and assess learning.
    6. Deliver art instruction that reflexively assesses teaching and learning.

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