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Art Education


The Art of Education

If you are drawn to art and teaching, consider combining your passions with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. The Art Education program at Taylor will develop your ability to teach all ages, inspiring others to love and appreciate the arts through art history, fundamentals, and creative practice.

An Art Education major’s time is split between art classes in the Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center and education courses in the lower level of Euler Science Complex. You will take studio classes exploring different mediums to hone your artistic skills, while learning and practicing teaching skills in order to share your love of art with students. 

Focused Learning

Through Art Education, you will take basic education courses, such as educational psychology and classroom management, and apply them to drawing, painting, graphic design, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and printmaking. Three core art education courses will teach you how to integrate learning from your education and studio classes into your art classroom.

Art Education majors at Taylor are in local school classrooms almost every semester. These field experiences provide pre-service art teachers the opportunity to observe master art teachers practically integrate theoretical approaches. You also get to receive hands on experience by student-teaching at two different placements, and an opportunity to show your mastery of art with a senior thesis exhibition during your senior year.

Get on track for these careers

  • Middle School Art Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • High School Art
  • Museum Educator
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Arts Organizer
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Roadmap to Preschool-12 Teaching Licensure

This program leads to a licensure in grades Preschool-12 approved by the Indiana Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This licensure can be utilized also in non-traditional educational professions such as: Community Arts Organizer, Museum Education, and an Arts Administrator. Also in your final year, you will develop a senior thesis demonstrating a mastery of a chosen medium.

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Launching into Your Classroom

Education majors spend a full semester of their senior year teaching real students locally or internationally. Each Education student teaches at two different schools, preparing you to manage your own classroom after graduation.

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Art as Service

Community art service is required for Art Education majors and offers students a chance to use their artistic skills to give back to the local community. Service experiences involve teaching art lessons to at-risk students, working with local school programs, providing art activities for various school functions, and painting murals on various buildings in downtown Upland. Our Art Education majors are involved in several community programs, including After School Art, Summer Fine Art Camp, and private art lessons with children in Grant County.

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Erica Bell
Class of 2020
"I chose to major in art education because it felt like the perfect combination of two of my passions: being an artist and working with people. I knew that Taylor would prepare me to be an excellent educator who builds her classroom upon a selfless love for students that reflects the love of Christ. As a senior who is currently finishing up student teaching, I can confidently say that TU has prepared me well!"

Art Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Liberal Arts Foundational Core

A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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