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Bachelor of Science in:

Art Education

The art education program at Kutztown University is one of the most highly regarded in the United States. Your education consists of courses in studio art, visual studies, art history, art education, and general education. Clinical experiences (student teaching) and other hands-on opportunities complete the academic experience.

This program is taught by the Department of Art Education and Crafts.

Programs of Study

The undergraduate program includes coursework in studio art, visual studies, art education methods, clinical experiences, and general education. Art Education students begin their first year taking the same studio Foundations program as other visual arts majors. Students obtain a wide range of studio skills and concentrate on a single studio area, selected from ceramics, drawing, fine metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and time based/experimental media. Visual Studies courses provide opportunities to understand art, design, and visual culture from historical, critical, and philosophical positions. Students will be introduced to schools through classroom observations, arts days, and field experiences, culminating with the final clinical experience where students spend an entire semester teaching art in the K-12 schools under the guidance of a master teacher.

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, Crafts, 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.


Art Education faculty 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 mentorship as supervising teachers in the schools.

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. 

The Department of Art Education and Crafts also offers the B.S. in Art Education: Alternative Settings, the Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Art Education and the M.Ed. in Art Education.

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Art Education Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirements for KU, students interested in Art Education must also submit a portfolio of completed artwork.

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Transfer Education Admission Requirement

For transfers with 48 or More Credits
Teaching is a profession that requires selective admission procedures and rigorous course of study.  Transfers with less than 48 credits must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA from all institutions previously attended.  Transfers with 48 or more credits must be admitted into teacher candidacy in order to be admitted into the education major.

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