Art education integrates the practices of art making, art criticism, historical analysis, and an understanding of visual culture as foundations for teaching art in schools and the community.
The program leads to teacher certification for visual art in the Michigan public schools at the primary and secondary levels. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Majors complete rigorous training in studio art complemented by courses in the theory and methods of art education. During the last year of the program, art education majors complete their degree with assisting and directed teaching opportunities at regional schools. For information about admission to the program, please visit the department website.
Students may pursue a variety of career paths, including:
The program also builds the transferable skills of critical thinking, communication, and problem solving necessary for professional careers outside of the arts.
The program emphasizes the training of committed artists who desire to work in the field of teaching after their graduation. Students also are introduced to the importance of the visual as a tool for participatory learning across the precollege curriculum and in community settings. Art education students:
“Discussions of what was currently going on in our country as well as the world happened in my general education classes and my art and design classes. Both of these class environments have prepared me to enter a world of diverse people and opinions.”