Art Education, BSEd

Olivia Mays and student THE ART OF INSPIRING CHILDREN: IUP has a national reputation for teacher education. "After I talked to professors and checked out IUP's chapter of the National Art Education Association, I knew IUP was where I wanted to go," said Art Education major Olivia Mays.

Form the Art of the Future

Art educators are responsible for helping young artists to find forms of expression. As an art education major, you will gain the skills and experiences necessary for a career as an art educator. You will understand the requirements for teaching art in public schools, become involved in art education at the community level, and explore avenues for your own personal artistic growth.

What Kinds of Opportunities Exist for Art Educators?

As an art education major, you will learn practical skills and concepts that will prepare you for a career as an art educator. You will graduate with Pennsylvania Level 1 Certification, which allows you to teach in any Pennsylvania K-12 Public School. In addition, you will have the experience and training that will allow you to teach in museum education programs, as well as community-based art settings.

What Will I Learn From This Program?

You will study with world-renowned art educators, and will take courses that introduce you to historical roots as well as contemporary topics including curriculum design, pedagogical theories, use of digital technologies, and strategies for working with special populations. Courses in studio art will allow you to explore a variety of areas of study, including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, metals, painting, print media, sculpture, and woodworking. You may choose to add a minor in studio art or art history to your degree. This option provides further exploration in the various studio disciplines.

Why Art Education at IUP?

Nationally accredited program

The Art Education program at IUP is part of a nationally accredited art department. This means that our curriculum, faculty, facilities, and student work meet or exceed the rigorous criteria of curriculum and depth of study set forth by NASAD: The National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In addition, as a teacher preparation program, the Art Education department is accredited by CAEP: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education - NCATE)

Proven track record

Current students and recent graduates find teaching jobs locally, regionally, and nationally. Recent graduates have accepted positions in the Bethlehem Area School District (Pa.), Baltimore City Schools (Md.), Frederick County Public Schools (Md.), and Anchorage Public Schools (Alaska). Our graduates are highly sought after, and seasoned art educators often request IUP student teachers, as they are the best prepared!

Professional faculty

The faculty in the Art Education program are each internationally known and respected. They have had many years of experience teaching in public schools in numerous states and at all levels. They also maintain research projects that have been funded by the National Education Association and the National Arts Education Foundation. In addition, each faculty member is a practicing artist with interests in installation, drawing and painting, and new media.


The Art Education classroom spaces are fully equipped with the latest in instructional technologies, such as SmartBoards, ELMO Projectors, and state-of-the-art multimedia presentation kiosks. In addition, the Art Education program houses and maintains the Dr. Howard Russell Resource Library, which consists of 2,000+ scholarly texts, journals, and multimedia references.


Art Education students become part of a community of artists, scholars, and educators. They have access to a wide variety of artist lectures, hands-on workshops, and art openings. They are encouraged to join the National Art Education Association Student Chapter, which organizes community art projects and works in conjunction with the University Museum, Indiana Regional Medical Center, as well as numerous community groups. They have twice been awarded the National Outstanding Student Chapter Award by the NAEA for exemplary service to the field.

The future

The teaching of art has deep historical roots. Art Education at IUP is artistically driven, culturally relevant, and socially engaged. As a part of the Art Education program, you will study the past while you gain a comprehensive understanding of current theory and practice, which will allow you to form the art of the future.

FACULTY PUT TEACHING FIRST - Professor Robert Sweeny explains how IUP excels in educating future art teachers.