Art Education

What Is It?:

Art Education prepares students for positions as teachers of art in the public schools, grades kindergarten through 12. The program places emphasis on methods, materials, processes, and practice teaching in Illinois schools. For teacher education requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education.

For more information, please visit the School of Art and Design

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ARTH 111—Ancient to Medieval Art
  • ARTH 112—Renaissance to Modern Art
  • ARTH 113—Introduction to African Art
  • ARTH 114—Introduction to East Asian Art
  • ARTH 115—Art in a Global Context

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Art therapist
  • Artist in residence
  • Arts administrator
  • Career counselor
  • Community based art director
  • Consultant
  • Curriculum consultant
  • Editor
  • Museum lecturer
  • Program director
  • Researcher
  • Reviewer for granting agencies
  • Tutor
  • Writer of children’s books

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Artist in Resident
  • Arts Administrator
  • Career Counselor
  • Community Based Art Director
  • Consultant
  • Editor
  • Independent Curriculum Consultant
  • Museum Lecturer
  • Program Director
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Tutor

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Assume responsibility to be active in the profession
  • Demonstrate global understandings of how individual development, cultural diversity, socioeconomic conditions and individual differences influence the opportunities of all individuals to learn and contribute to their full potential
  • Demonstrate reflection on professional strengths and needs and plan for professional development to improve future performance
  • Identify and justify the standards of professional behavior
  • Integrate educational technology in the teaching and learning processes
  • Listen, interpret, and communicate effectively
  • Master appropriate disciplines so as to engage students in meaningful learning experiences
  • Promote collegiality and work cooperatively and collaboratively with all stakeholders (faculty members, students, school personnel, human service professionals, and members of the global community) to improve the condition of the local and larger community
  • Understand the relationship between schools and the larger culture and school as culture
  • Use a variety of appropriate and ethical assessment techniques to enhance learning and teaching
  • Use and participate ethically in research and leadership activities

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Art Education, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Art Education, visit their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Art Education.  These organizations include American Art Therapy Association and National Art Education Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Art Education, visit Undergraduate Programs.