Ball State's bachelor of science in art education provides dynamic and comprehensive training and licensure in the teaching of art at all levels. Our success rate with job placement is close to 100 percent every year.

The art education (teaching) major at Ball State prepares students for the challenges of today’s art classroom. Students earn an Indiana K-12 teaching license in art while learning the discipline-based method of art education.

As part of this method, you’ll develop your content fluency within an academically rigorous course of study that emphasizes the art disciplines of studio, criticism, art history, and aesthetics. Simultaneously, you’ll hone your teaching skills through courses dedicated to art-specific and general instructional methods, which are applied in classrooms in the local elementary, middle, and high schools.

Visual arts education majors enjoy new classrooms, small class sizes, and their own resource library and computer lab. Students gain teaching experience at our Saturday Children's Art Classes.

What You Will Learn as an Art Education Major

The bachelor of science degree (68 credit hours) requires:

  • 12 credit hours in art education courses
  • 21 credit hours of art studio courses after the foundations core
  • 36 credit hours of professional education

You’ll work directly with public school students as part of your fieldwork and gain real-world experience, which increases your marketability post-graduation. As a unique part of the program, you’ll teach Saturday Children’s Art Classes, for which you’ll plan, budget, and teach your own curriculum to community children.

Visual arts education students earn a K-12 teaching certificate (license) in visual arts for the state of Indiana, allowing you to work at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Many states – including Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky – honor this certification.

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What Can You Do with Art Education Degree?

Art education training prepares you for:

  • graduate school programs
  • careers in teaching at all levels
  • art therapy
  • arts administration
  • museum work
  • gallery ownership or curation
  • work in art libraries

Paying for Your Education

School of Art Scholarships

Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the university’s scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Begin searching.

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