Art Education Program Requirements

The School of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts, offers a professional program to prepare art teachers. Students who major in art education will learn about themselves and others through art and visual artifacts. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree has a concentration in art education and is combined with art teacher licensure to teach in grades pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade in Kansas and most states. As art teacher candidates learn that art serves a primary function in all cultures around the world and that it helps us to tell our human story, they will study composition and learn techniques and skills. In the art education program they will translate this knowledge in work with children and adolescents during the student teaching and pre-student teaching semesters. This culminating experience is an important part of the program when the art teacher candidate is in the schools. Research has demonstrated that teacher candidates who have positive student teaching experiences learn to sustain their careers over decades.


Admission Requirements

The College of Education offers numerous programs in addition to Teacher Education. Information about applying for the Teacher Education Program is included in the Teacher Education Application Packet. The packet includes:

  • Admission Requirements
  • Application for Admission
  • Admission Testing Requirements
  • Attestation of Eligibility

The completed packet should be submitted to Education Support Services (ESS) the semester before beginning the Teacher Education Program.

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Transition to Teaching Program

If you already have a bachelor's degree in Art and are interested in teaching art at the secondary level (grades 6-12), you may qualify for the Transition to Teaching Program.


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Program Outline

Opportunities are available to art teachers to have an effect on culture by being at the very roots of society. A strong art education program teaches ways to respond to the visual arts using various methods. These methods allow for the discovery of meaning in works of art while developing the skills necessary to teach future students how to do the same. Art teachers need a background in art history and an extensive knowledge of art techniques using a variety of media. They also need to know how to stimulate discussion with students about art, its functions and how to relate the content of art to students of various ages and diverse backgrounds. They need to know about the many career opportunities available for people with arts training. WSU's art education program provides students preparing to be an art teacher with a strong foundation in art and pedagogy. The program prepares students to align the school art curriculum with the state and local curriculum standards and to meet state licensure standards.