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B.S. in Art Education

Participatory. Creative. Socially Relevant.
Invent the future of arts learning.
Penn State Art Education prepares knowledgeable, skilled, and creative leaders to teach social and environmental justice in educational contexts such as schools, community settings, and cultural institutions.

Educate. Engage. Inspire. Be an agent of change.

As an art teacher, you will use creativity to communicate critical responses to social and cultural matters helping artists of all ages learn about themselves and the world through art. You will use imagination to develop effective practices and policies that can lead to educational improvement and transformation. You will use passion to collaborate across disciplines and constituencies to promote social change.

Our alumni are leaders in the field working in diverse contexts from schools to museums. Our faculty receive international awards, lead professional organizations, and contribute research guiding the field. As a student at Penn State you are a part of a proud tradition of inventing the future of art education.

Fulfill your potential as a creative artist and a dynamic teacher to impact positively the lives of learners though visual art. The Art Education Program at Penn State will introduce you to a range of ideas and experiences and enable you to grow your passion into a creative career.

 

 

Is the B.S. in Art Education right for you?

You believe creativity is a human resource that can be developed. You feel you have the capacity to make a difference in the lives of children and youth. You believe that learning through the arts can bring new perspectives about complex concepts and issues

Becoming a visual art teacher means using your creative capabilities to help others explore and discover new ways of seeing and thinking about the changing world in which they live.

With this degree, you will have what it takes to achieve Pennsylvania Instructional I Art teacher certification. Students who earn this degree become educators in PK-12 schools, museums, and community organizations.

Our degree program includes field experiences in PK-12 schools and community programs, and culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience in elementary and secondary schools.

  • Complete place-based observations and participatory teaching experiences.
  • Many art education majors also earn BFA degrees in studio art or a related degree simultaneously.
  • Related career pathways in museums, arts administration, art therapy, and advanced degrees.

Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map. (Available July 2020.)

Palmer Museum of Art Community day.

Considering the B.S. in Art Education? Consider this.

Graduates earn Pennsylvania Instructional I art teacher PK-12 certification.

  • Career paths include art museums, galleries, cultural agencies, and community programs.

  • Prepare for graduate studies by working closely with faculty and graduate student mentors.

  • Internship opportunities and hands-on experiences at sites such as the Palmer Museum of Art.

  • Develop innovative, engaging, and transformative approaches to teaching and learning art.

  • For more information, please visit the University Bulletin. https://bulletins.psu.edu/undergraduate/

Alumni Spotlight

While I’m still dreaming bigger and bigger, I always think about the incredible foundation that my Penn State education has provided for me.
Penn State alumnus Devan Shimoyama

Alumni Spotlight

Devan Shimoyama

B.F.A. in Art 2011

Devan’s award-winning art uses painting, sculpture, and photography to challenge gender stereotypes and confront racial and cultural injustice with a vibrant, modern edge. He has exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum and in numerous major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Paris.

Colorful illustration by Devan Shimoyama
Colorful illustration by Devan Shimoyama

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