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Art Education

KU senior Jesse Todero talks about her experience studying art education and art history at Kutztown University.

Bachelor of Science, Teacher Certification

Take advantage of Kutztown University’s rich tradition and long history of preparing educators and artists to teach in a range of settings. Use your love of art to teach others, or pursue a range of career options in education and the nonprofit sector.

What can I do with an Art Education bachelor’s degree?

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, children’s museums, community art centers, family support agencies, hospitals, parks & recreation departments, and plenty of other organizations. Information for prospective students who reside outside of Pennsylvania, or plan to relocate.

Graduates of KU’s art education bachelor’s degree program are prepared for certification to teach in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in Pennsylvania. Credentials may be recognized by other states.

Career opportunities include:

  • Art Teacher Pre-K – 12
  • Museum Educator
  • Community Art Center Educator
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Daycare Administrator

What will I learn as an Art Education student?

As an Art Education major, you’ll receive training in a wide range of studio processes, obtain a solid art history foundation, and learn and grow as an educator. The program concludes with a clinical student teaching experience in an elementary, middle, or high school. Students have the option to teach in a variety of settings, including rural, suburban and urban locations in eastern Pennsylvania.

Our dedicated professors are nationally and internationally recognized artists, educators and scholars. Plus, 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 because of our reputation for producing quality art teachers. Along with faculty, learn and grow with fellow students, including being part of our nationally recognized and award winning National Art Education Student Chapter. 

What other opportunities can I pursue in Art Education?

Dual Major: 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. A dual major typically takes five years to complete.

Alternative Setting Track: Students may pursue the Alternative Settings Track to focus on areas of specialty, such as teaching in arts organizations, community centers, museums or pursuing a master’s in art therapy. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Art Education (BS)
    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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